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Caught the taping of the season finale of new kick-ass show After Hours With Kenny Robinson, Sunday at the Masonic Temple.
The show is fierce. Open Mike this show ain't.
The hot talent onstage -- Robinson, Greg Morton, Jean Paul, Satori Shakoor, a bluer than blue Mike Wilmot, FLOW 93.5's Subliminal -- were almost upstaged by the talent in the audience, which included Kathryn Haggis, Barbara Barnes Hopkins and Sean Fisher.
But hiphop artist Kardinal Offishall stole the show. After performing the show's theme song live -- and demanding a retake because the music wasn't loud enough -- he co-starred in a solid, note-perfect sketch with Jean Paul about two Rastas. Offishall as comedian? Tink bout it.
After Hours debuts September 22 at 11 pm on the Comedy Network.
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Think opera is for old fogeys? Check out Opera 101, a new venture by the Canadian Opera Company -- three free hour-long discussions and question periods on an art form that combines every aspect of live performance.
First up is an evening about the creation of a new production, featuring director Tom Diamond, who's helmed several COC shows as well as last year's terrific Iron Road for Tapestry. He opens the COC season with a premiering double bill, Puccini's Il Tabarro and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Diamond's interviewed by former Midday host Brent Bambury. Ticket and merchandise giveaways, too. Friday (September 14) at the NOW Lounge (189 Church). 416-363-6671.