In the mood to laugh? You picked the right week. Not even including the Belleville boys' Wednesday gig, the comedy lineup is sizzling. Here's a daily planner.
thursday, april 18thursday, april 18
WHAT: Crack Up
WHERE/WHEN: Corona's (1720 Queen West) at 8:45 pm.
EXPECT: Major excitement, since this new weekly room kicks off with solid alt-comics like Paul Haywood and Debra DiGiovanni.
DON'T EXPECT: Free Mexican beer just because of the name.
friday april 19friday april 19
WHAT: Just For Laughs Homegrown Comic Competition
WHERE/WHEN: The Opera House (735 Queen East) at 8 pm.
EXPECT: Some major pressure on local performers -- including DiGiovanni, Nile Seguin, Aaron Berg and Daryn Jones -- competing for a coveted spot at the Montreal fest.
DON'T EXPECT: To get a comp ticket easily.
saturday, april 20saturday, april 20
WHERE/WHEN: The Poor Alex Cabaret (296 Brunswick) at 9 pm.
EXPECT: The unexpected. This biweekly mix of improv and stand-up has earned a cult following.
DON'T EXPECT: To hear comics' same old bits.
sunday, april 21sunday, april 21
WHAT: All Black Comedy Sunday
WHERE/WHEN: Yuk Yuk's Superclub (2335 Yonge) at 8:30 pm.
EXPECT: The funniest black comics in the city, hosted by the father of them all, Kenny Robinson.
DON'T EXPECT: A clean show.
monday, april 22monday, april 22
WHAT: ALT.COMedy Lounge fifth- anniversary show
WHERE/WHEN: The Rivoli (332 Queen West) at 9 pm.
EXPECT: A kick-ass show with the best edgy comics in the city.
DON'T EXPECT: A short night.
tuesday, april 23tuesday, april 23
What: J.T. Huntley Memorial Show
Where/when: Tom Foolery's (194 Bloor West) at 8 pm.
Expect: Funny memories of the late comic from his best friends, including tapes of his first gigs.
DON'T EXPECT: Hecklers.
wednesday, april 24wednesday, april 24
WHAT: Jackie Mason's Prune Danish
WHERE/WHEN: The New Yorker (651 Yonge) at 8 pm.
EXPECT: Old-fashioned observations about Jews and gentiles.
DON'T EXPECT: Angry-young-man jokes.