#JFL42 Recap | Hecklers and Honesty. We cover Kevin Camia & Gina Yashere at Toronto’s Just For Laughs Festival

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By: Lauren De Vries

Lauren does some hard-hitting coverage from soft-seat theatres when Kevin Camia and Gina Yashere confront hecklers and brutal honesty. Check it out! 

Gina Yashere 

If there’s two things I’ve learned from Gina Yashere’s show on Tuesday, it’s that Craig is annoying and Gina Yashere is highly experienced at dealing with hecklers. Even just the moderately interfering ones from Idaho. Her performance was the definition of a class act. She managed to not only address the interruptions but also utilize them to achieve the best overall result, even doing some callbacks later on in the show that gently ribbed Craig. Soon, instead of feeling uncomfortable because of one mildly disgruntled audience member, the show felt purposefully participatory. Like the unplanned comments from the room were just another springboard for her to transition into new bits. 

And what amazing bits they were. Of particular note was a longer story about Gina and her girlfriend searching for a place to live when she first moved to New York, some very specific jokes about current rappers (“Lil Wayne looks like somebody scribbled on a scarecrow”), and an amazing closer about the first time her girlfriend met her Nigerian mother. Gina might bill herself as a comedian, but her storytelling prowess is so on point that I literally gasped out loud during a particularly revelatory part of that last bit. 

To sum up, go see Gina Yashere. She’s a new Daily Show correspondent for a reason, and she is in complete command of whatever stage she stands on.

(For more in-depth coverage, check out our interview with Gina Yashere! She answers all our questions about comedy, making snacks, and watching horror movies.) 

Gina Yashere will be performing September 28th at 8:45PM at the Royal Theatre, September 29th at 9:00PM at Comedy Bar, and September 30 at 7:00PM at the Rivoli. Just click on the link to buy your tickets before they’re all sold out! You can follow her on Twitter as well as her Instagram for biting hotel reviews and health tips.

Kevin Camia

I have now seen Kevin Camia perform standup a grand total of three times during JFL42. Once opening for Brian Posehn, once opening for Ali Wong, and once at his own show where he was headlining at the Garrison. All three times made me think why isn’t this guy playing a quirky-cool uncle on every single sitcom in existence? He just gives off those kind of vibes. Cool, genial, self-effacing, and like he’s probably smoked weed some time in the last 48 hours.

His headlining show was in the same vein. Part weird stoner comedy (he has a favourite tree and he’s not afraid to tell you about it), part personal anecdotes (sorry about your girlfriend Kevin), and part gross jokes that I’m sure guys really enjoy, the show had a little bit of everything. All together, a solid show from an experienced comedian who’s got a lot of staying power.

Quick History: Kevin Camia is a comedian from the Bay Area in California. He has performed at SF Sketchfest, the Outside Lands music festival, and anywhere else he can get a ‘homie hookup’. He has produced two specials, ‘Kindness’ and ‘Color’ and is also single and would really like a baby.

Kevin Camia will be performing some upcoming shows in the US with Ali Wong. Just click on the link to buy your tickets before they’re all sold out! You can follow him on Twitter and on Instagram where you can see some beautiful photos of empty theatres.