By: Taylor Erwin
February is a stellar month for Comedy in Toronto. From Empire Comedy’s international headliners Dana Gould (Simpsons, Parks and Recreations) and Jackie Kashian, to a Family Day spectacular at one of Toronto’s longest running weekly shows, to the improv powerhouse shows and formats Mantown and Catch 23, it’s going to be dope rest of the month. Check out our top picks for the month…or don’t- whateves. All this potential fun has us feeling like a kid again, so if you need us, we’ll be eating nerds, drinking faggo, and spiking slammers winning all your ‘I Loved Barney’ pogs.
Dana Gould – February 18-20 | Comedy Bar
Empire Comedy Live continues to deliver on their ambitious goal of bringing relevant, risk-taking, and original comedians to Toronto. Ian Atlas, Empire‘s founder, adds the Dana weekend to his grocery list of comedy accomplishments (sold-out runs of Wyatt Cenac, Eric Andre, Todd Glass, and more). As for why Dana’s show is going to be great, in addition to being a critically revered stand up comic, Dana was a Co-Executive Producer and writer on The Simpsons, and a producer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In 2009, Dana recorded his one-hour special, Let Me Put My Thoughts In You, and in 2013 recorded his next special, I Know It’s Wrong. His monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, frequently resides in iTunes’ top ten comedy movie downloads.
Dana Gould has multiple HBO specials to his credit as well guest appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also made memorable appearances on The Ben Stiller Show, Seinfeld, Working, Anger Management, Mob City, Maron, and appeared in the film The Aristocrats.
Thursday Feb 18 – 8pm – Featuring Mike Wilmot & Pete Zedlacher – Buy Tickets!
Friday Feb 19 – 8pm & 10pm – Buy Tickets!
Saturday Feb 20 – 9pm & 11pm – Buy Tickets!
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Comedy Uncovered – Saturday, February 27 | Comedy Bar
We’re not biased- this is legit going to be an amazing show. You think we’d ruin our street cred’ to hawk a few extra tickets? Headlined by Ryan Belleville (Just For Laughs, CTV’s Satisfaction, The Late Late Show) and featuring stand up by
Chantel Marostica (Winnipeg Comedy Festival), character work by Canadian Comedy Award winning improviser Kris Siddiqi, and a HUGE surprise guest (think Just For Laughs across two continents, their own TV deals, movies, and more), we went all out on talent. Plus, pre-show music by Tom Misch boooy.
Catch23 & Mantown – Friday, February 26 | Comedy Bar
8:00 – Catch 23
Catch23 is “Toronto’s friendliest improv death match”. Since it’s founding in 2002, Catch23 has the go-to improv show to see the latest, greatest, and most experiential improv comedy and performers in the country (*Editor’s note: They’re way too humble to admit it, so we said it for them). Having been recognized as one of the best improv shows in Toronto by the Torontoist, The Toronto Star, BlogTO, Toronto Life and more, this is must-see show.
11:00 – Mantown
Before there was time, there was MANTOWN. An eternal collection of man-oriented, Platonic forms that first took corporeal form (on stage) in 2006, obliterating the theatre and all the God-fearing audience who made the mistake of attending that night. This self-proclaimed testosterone-fuelled improv juggernaut has toured festivals across North America and hosted a wide variety of guests at home including: Rowdy Roddy Piper, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Tim Meadows, Jerry Minor, Steve Little, and Hercules himself, Kevin Sorbo.
Jackie Kashian – February 25-27 | Comedy Bar
Returning to Toronto for the first time since January 2013, Jackie’s been on a tear. She released a brand new one hour special and album, performed on Conan twice, as well as @Midnight, Maron, and more. Read more here…
Family Day at the ALTdot Comedy Lounge – Monday, February 15 | The Rivoli
For over two decades, the ALTdotCOMedy Lounge has been one of Toronto’s premiere showcase venues and favourite spots for performers visiting the city. Included in NOW Magazine’s “Best of Toronto”, recommended by the National Post and the Toronto Star, and featured such iconic performers as Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Kids in the Hall, Harland Williams, Sean Cullen, Jon Dore (and more!), the ALTdot has been a cornerstone of the Toronto comedy community. The Family Day show features Chris Gordon, Pete Zedlacher, Dylan Gott, Chantel Marostica, Nigel Grinstead, Pete Johansson, Monty Scott, Ryan Horwood and more. Every Monday night!