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She Did! Toronto’s Festival of Funny Women On The Record

She Did! Toronto’s Festival of Funny Women On The Record

  When it launched in the spring of 2014 She Dot Festival broke entirely new ground on the Canadian standup scene. The brainchild of four Toronto based comedians turned producers, the festival was first conceived (so the story goes) over an annual summer weekend at comedian Martha O’Neil’s cottage. The idea? To present an all-female lineup featuring [...]

January 2, 2017 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Mayce Galoni: Canada’s Comedy Wunderkind

Mayce Galoni: Canada’s Comedy Wunderkind

At the tender age of 22, Canadian comedian Mayce Galoni has checked more career milestones off his bucket list than most of will work to claim through the course of our careers. A regular fixture on Yuk Yuks stages across the country, and already a featured headliner on the club’s flagship downtown Toronto stage (club founder Mark Breslin [...]

December 13, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy, Uncategorized 0

Amanda Day’s Monday Mirth

Amanda Day’s Monday Mirth

Got a chronic case of the Mondays? Amanda Day has just the remedy. The Toronto comic and producer behind the cult hit weekly standup show #StonedUpComedy (Thursdays in Toronto’s Kensington market), Day is also the host of the Date Fail podcast. Airing weekly on the Talkhole Comedy Podcast Network. This past year she was busy making the [...]

November 16, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Kevin Banner’s Comedy Dreamboat

Kevin Banner’s Comedy Dreamboat

It’s an exciting time to be alive in Canadian comedy. I almost feel strangely… wait for it… vaguely optimistic about the future? I can’t be 100% sure, this is a new sensation.  And granted I might advise all of our readers to approach a lot of open mics with caution for the next four years [...]

November 16, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Bombs, Breakthroughs and Beer: 20 Years at Ein Stein’s

Bombs, Breakthroughs and Beer: 20 Years at Ein Stein’s

The average life expectancy for a weekly comedy open mic in Toronto is, ballpark, 1 to 3 years. Bars close. Venues change hands. Comedians come and go. As Canada’s comedy hub, Toronto is home to a thriving (and some might say over-saturated) standup scene. A proving ground where comedians from across Canada flock to fight their [...]

October 4, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

A Decade of Underground Comedy: Puff Mama’s House Turns 10

A Decade of Underground Comedy: Puff Mama’s House Turns 10

This week, a Toronto comedy institution turns 10 years old. In Canadian comedy years that’s a milestone. For the past decade the Underground Comedy Club has become a cult destination for upcoming comics and comedy purists here in the city. But it’s also earned a “Must Play” reputation for touring comedians from across North America passing through [...]

August 31, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

East Coast Comedy Revue

East Coast Comedy Revue

Atlantic Canada. The Maritimes. The Cod Belt. Quaint Boston. Land of the Fishwife. Redneck Rhode Island. Whatever you want to call it, the East Coast has a cultural heritage that’s rich in Canadian comedy.  From one-liner slingin’, crowd pleasin’ parodies of commercial fishermen (Jimmy Flynn) To loveable fiddle playin’, pipe smokin’, jig dancin’ scamps like Gus Pike of Road to [...]

July 21, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Talk ‘N Roll Tuesdays

Talk ‘N Roll Tuesdays

TALK ’N ROLL COMEDY. What is this show exactly? Every Tuesday night, comedians Dean Young (Talkhole Podcast Network) and Mini Holmes (Just for Laughs) team up and host a night of live standup inside Cherry Cola’s Rock ’N Roll Cabaret & Lounge. A cult classic Rock bar in Toronto that normally plays host to a [...]

July 13, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

The 4 Norsemen of Comedy

The 4 Norsemen of Comedy

Two Finns, a Swede, a Dane and a Canadian actor with a lead role in a hit TV show ALL walk into a bar. That’s the basic idea behind THE FOUR NORSEMEN COMEDY SHOW. On Friday July 8th, this fearsome foursome of headlining comics take over Toronto’s Social Capital Theatre and we’re bringing in the big guns, [...]

July 3, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Return of the MEME!

Return of the MEME!

Back in April, Talkhole Podcast Network launched MEME WARS. A new live show at Toronto’s famous Comedy Bar. Like many of the innovative, oddball shows that call Comedy Bar home, this show was a format the likes of which Toronto had never seen. Was it revolutionary? Did it change the way audiences looked at live [...]

June 14, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

SLOUCHING THE DREAM WITH SPENCER BUTT

SLOUCHING THE DREAM WITH SPENCER BUTT

I don’t typically cover independent novels in the comedy section. But hey, who’s running the show here? You’re just going to have to have faith, Scenesters, and go with it. Trust in your comedy editor’s gut and come along for the ride.  My friend Spencer Butt is a Toronto poet and co-host of the AMAZING [...]

April 21, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

MEME WARS!

MEME WARS!

Hi, I’m Dean. Your Scene Magazine comedy editor. I’m also a standup comic here in Toronto. And if you don’t follow me on social media (@ComicDeanYoung) last Fall I famously had a little bit of a public meltdown. One comic compared my Facebook feed to “the open diary of a 17 year old girl going [...]

April 11, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

Jokes ‘n Yokes: Brunchlines Comedy

Jokes ‘n Yokes: Brunchlines Comedy

(Courtesy: The San Diego Reader) In Toronto culture, brunch is practically a religious rite. Did I spell that rite? Every weekend, hipster kids of every ilk line the streets to feed their inner need for organic beans brewed up and served out of mason jars, and free-run eggs slinged up with a side of salsa. The [...]

April 9, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy 0

You Think This Is A Game, Bro?

You Think This Is A Game, Bro?

Comedy isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a blood sport. A brutal gauntlet where words and wits are subjected to the discerning scorn of drunks, nighthawks and revellers, in the wee hours. But when it goes well, there’s no bigger high in the world. Comedians are wired a little differently than the rest of society. We [...]

March 19, 2016 Dean Young Uncategorized 0

Nitish Sakhuja’s Dope Show

Nitish Sakhuja’s Dope Show

Yo, guy. For real, Nitish Sakhuja is one of my favorite comics coming up in Canada today. He’s dope. He’s sick (not literally, don’t worry) And on Toronto’s ever-booming Pot Comedy scene, Nitish is quickly becoming one of the main players.  Let me explain. Toronto is home to a growing number of “Weed Rooms”. Standup [...]

February 28, 2016 Dean Young Toronto Comedy, Uncategorized 0

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