Summer Comedy

Laugh don’t go on summer holiday, if fact, Toronto is packed with sizzling comedy options during the city’s hottest season.

Kurtis Conner Live

Danforth Music Hall, June 2

Internet sensation and Toronto native Kurtis Conner takes his first solo comedy tour home with a pair of shows at the Danforth. With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Conner brings clever and forward-thinking commentary on internet culture to stand-up.

Daniel Sloss, Can’t

Massey Hall, July 22

For those who can find the light in dark comedy, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss’s 12th solo show, Can’t, will highlight of the season. Offering his signature cynical outlook, expletives included, Sloss’s show will look for laughs digging into divisive controversies.

Theo Von, Return of the Rat

Elgin Theatre & Meridian Hall Aug. 23–27

Best known for his podcasting, Theo Von has been performing stand-up since 2006. Blending anecdotes from his unconventional childhood in the southern U.S. with his usual social commentary, Return of the Rat is slated to enjoy a four-night run in Toronto at two different venues.

Ricky Gervais, Armageddon

Scotiabank Arena, Aug. 10

The performer deemed most likely to call his audience “cunts” in a show, Gervais offers his take on how the world will end. Gervais calls Armageddon as his most “controversial” show yet, taking aim at “the woke generation” in a tour that is tabled to be recorded for Netflix.

Ben Schwartz and Friends

Massey Hall, Aug. 26

Tough enough for stand ups to pull off a successful major tour; fewer still can see sellouts for a show composed entirely of improv. For Ben Schwartz, it’s the only way he tours.

Saturday at Comedy Bar

Comedy Bar, Monthly

Saturdays at the Comedy Bar have traditionally been one of the best opportunities to get an un-filtered Toronto comedy experience. Hosted the first Saturday of every month, each lineup is a curated assembly of Canada’s; this Saturday, (June 3) for example, features all-stars: Joze Piranian, Stephanie Neale, Amar Singh, Rachel Manson, and Hassan Phills.

Sunday Brunch Improv

The Second City, Weekly

In addition to the current Main stage show, The Skyline’s The Limit (4 Ns, NEXT) the Second City, hosts a weekly improv show every Sunday, with 70 minutes of free-flowing performance over brunch and mimosas. Features a new cast every week.

YukYuks

Weekly shows

For some sink-or-swim amateur comedy, Yuk Yuk’s is the place. The club has a roster of weekly shows, like Amateur Night and Rising Stars of Comedy, that are affordable entry points into this city’s comedy scene. The club also features solo shows including: Casey Corbin, Myles Morrison, and Rob Pue — and that’s just in June.

Comedy Lab

Weekly shows

Comedy Lab is Toronto’s first minority-owned comedy club and is quickly emerging as a buzz-worthy destination to experience local talent — and its diversity; and open mics are free on Thursdays and Fridays. The recurring Friday show has been headlined by Aliya Kenani, Rhoma Spencer and Sashka DC, to name a few, hosted by Clif Knight.

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