Louis C.K.: 2017

Cara Howe

At the first of seven sold-out shows at Yuk Yuk's, the mostly white, male audience ate up jokes about sexual misconduct, Asians, gays and Justin Trudeau Read more

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Samuel Engelking

To avoid online leaks, the stand-up comic's first local gig after admitting to sexual misconduct allegations will be a phone-free experience Read more

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Toronto stand-up's act is frequently amusing, but his scattered observations lack momentum Read more


L.A.-based artist's brilliant hybrid act is perfect for the age of entitlement Read more


L.A. comic used Trudeau brownface joke to help quietly push against knee-jerk liberalism Read more


DeAnne Smith and Rudy, 2019

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More popular than ever after her Netflix special and “straight men step up your game” viral video, Toronto’s most empathetic queer comic takes her act to the next level Read more


Once the only Asian or gay comic on a lineup, the stand-up and producer is seeing audiences flock to his all-Asian showcase Read more


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The comedian and actor's Right Now special offers a calculated but thoughtful response to cancel culture Read more


Courtney Gilmour's autobiographical solo show – about everything from working as a multiple limb amputee comic to dealing with depression – is honest, funny and relatable Read more


Amy Schumer Growing Netflix

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In Growing, the pregnant stand-up comic's funniest material is about proposals, relationships and periods Read more


Of the five nominees, Debra DiGiovanni, Pat Thornton and Mayce Galoni get the biggest laughs Read more


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Hate Valentine's Day? From comedy shows to emo cover bands, you're in good company at these five events Read more



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From Nanette to White Guys Matter, here are the international and local stand-up stories that made news this year Read more



David Shankbone

The comic didn't address allegations against him at the first of two sold-out stand-up sets, but dressed-down fake news, mob mentalities and armchair activists Read more


Get Out co-star's rambling stand-up only intermittently connected with a rained-upon crowd Read more


On the eve of the taping of her CraveTV comedy special, the pessimistic stand-up proved why she's definitely not laid back Read more


The now L.A.-based comic with a hearing disability returned to town for a triumphant, sex-ed friendly show Read more


UK comic's charm, lateral thinking and brilliant connections make him one of fest's best Read more


Watching the New York-based queer stand-up is like hanging out with your funniest friend Read more


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This Hour Has 22 Minutes veteran Cathy Jones gets personal at a rare Toronto stand-up gig at Harbourfront Centre’s first Brave: The Festival Of Risk And Failure Read more