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Cheers, Aziz Ansari. See you July 6.
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Shawn Hitchins announces his Fire(crotch) Sale.
Parks And Rec scene stealer Aziz Ansari killed Toronto audiences in 2010 with his Dangerously Delicious Tour, which had audiences shouting out requests and the comic happy to please us all night. Expect more of the same from the Judd Apatow regular when he brings his Buried Alive Tour to the Sony Centre. July 6. 416-872-1111.
Gaga over Gavin
This Hour Has 22 Minutes regular Gavin Crawford got an immediate standing ovation after his recent We're Funny That Way show, in which he channelled his inner Lady Gaga, Rufus Wainwright, Chantal Hébert and Michael Ignatieff. Here's hoping he reprises some of the act (or comes up with something just as brilliant) when he headlines a special Pride edition of Andrew Johnston's Bitch Salad, which also features Emma Hunter, Christina Walkinshaw (who promises not to be "scattered and unfocused" - long story) and a yet-to-be-confirmed Nikki Blonsky from the movie Hairspray. June 29 at Buddies in Bad Times. 416-975-8555.
I miss seeing Russell Peters in smaller venues, but at this point he's as big as any rock star, selling out stadiums with his comedy. Brampton's claim to fame brings his Notorious World Tour - which he promises includes all new material - to the Air Canada Centre on June 16. ticketmaster.ca.
If you've ever attended a taping of The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (or the new Conan show), you probably saw stand-up Jimmy Pardo. Or maybe you know him from his hugely popular podcast, Never Not Funny, which has been around since 2006, before podcasts became ubiquitous. Pardo appears at the Comedy Bar July 13 and 14. EmpireComedyLive.com.
Shawn Hitchins is one of the most likeable acts around; he's the memorable ginger-haired host of TIFF Bell Lightbox's singalong screenings of The Sound Of Music or Grease. He's also one of T.O.'s best cabaret performers, with great dramatic and comic instincts. He bids adieu to the genre in Fire(crotch) Sale, a show that includes Andrya Duff and Chris Tsujiuchi, as part of Buddies in Bad Times' Queer Pride Festival. Hitchins isn't leaving performing, however; he's developing a stand-up show called Ginger Nation. 416-975-8555, shawnhitchins.com.