Chris Behmke

With Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker in theatres and Disney+’s hit show The Mandalorian finishing its first season, Star Wars is again firmly back in the contemporary zeitgeist. Critics and general viewers will have their differing reactions to the newest Star Wars stories, but there is only one Star Wars production that stands alone with the […]

  Alexander Franks

Tom Hearn’s monthly show Lipsynced is a wild and fun improv competition that successfully combines improv, lip sync and drag, balancing them all with a funny cast and some drag assassins who just put on a…………..killer performance. They hit the target on that one. Their lip syncs are really in sync. Ok that is my pun limit. […]

  Kelly Bedard

One of my favourite movies of 2018 just came out on DVD. From the marketing, it looked like a pretty vacant studio comedy but Instant Family is fresh, fun, thoughtful, and incredibly heartfelt with a perfect supporting cast and some great Rose Byrne goodness (and tolerable Wahlberg). It was the surprise of the year for […]

  Kelly Bedard

There were some pretty ‘bad’ movies released this summer. There were not, at least that I saw, as many actually bad ones as we usually get. I saw a lot of silly nonsense but almost all of it was really pretty gosh darn fun. And a bunch of those just fun movies were not just […]

  Kelly Bedard

There’s some pretty stellar comedy to be found in Toronto this summer and it’d be a shame to let it go undiscussed in the craziness of festival season. So, while I hate to combine sketch & improv into one article (and be scolded for it by comedians- I Know They’re Very Different!), here’s a roundup […]

  Alisha Maclean

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews A Kev n’ Cal Mystery (A+) A comedic play that is very reminiscent of the Hardy Boys, a Kev n’ Cal Mystery is riotously funny and nostalgic. Live ukelele accompaniment (Matt Gerber) is the perfect touch and tone, and very tastefully delivered. The timing of […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. In her review of his set at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Mary-Margaret said “Until seeing Jon Blair at Sketchfest, I was unaware that there was a void in my life. I now question if you have […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount & 20th Century FOX.  Criminal Minds (The Twelfth Season) Season twelve was something of a watershed year for the stalwart FBI drama. It was the first season without fan favourite heartthrob Shemar Moore (he guests in the season finale but that’s it) and the […]

  Kelly Bedard

Party Today (Panic Tomorrow) is an apt name for The Second City Toronto’s silliest and least political mainstage show in a few cycles. There are moments when the bold political humour that made the last revue so impactful shows back up (Brandon Hackett makes a police brutality joke out of nowhere and its lack of […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Comedy feels like it’s in a transition zone – from the emotions + improv vibes of mid-aughts Judd Apatow to more traditional, high concept comedies like Amy Schumer’s latest, Snatched. For that reason, Snatched ends up being a movie that, more than anything, . It hits its comedic beats well, and also fails to register […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

*spoilers below* Jordan Peele wrote and directed something that, by all means and practices, shouldn’t exist. I say shouldn’t not because I disliked Get Out or because I don’t want it to exist, but because of the time and circumstances of the world in which it was made, the odds of it being made were […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution. Click Here to read about the TV on DVD releases. Star Trek Beyond I liked it. It was weird, but I liked it. Well, I liked it more than Into Darkness. Definitely less than Star Trek 2009. My favourite podcast did […]

  Kelly Bedard

Written and directed by SNL‘s recently promoted co-head writer Chris Kelly, Other People follows misanthropic struggling writer David (Jesse Plemons) in the final year of his mother’s life. We first meet Joanne (Molly Shannon in the performance of her career) applying makeup for a New Years Eve party that’s raging downstairs without her. She has […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution and Elevation Pictures. The Movies Everybody Wants Some– I was shocked by how much I loved this slice-of-life period comedy by Richard Linklater. A charming boy ensemble of baseball players during the first week of college in 1980 with one of the year’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’ve intermittently loved and hated Richard Linklater’s work. Coming off of prestige drama Boyhood (which I maintain is interesting but overrated) and sticking his toes back in the boy-comedy period film pool that made him famous with Dazed and Confused (which I predictably can’t stand), the director’s 1980-set Everybody Wants Some!! (those exclamation marks are […]

  Kelly Bedard

To celebrate the home entertainment release of the latest from Once director John Carney, Elevation Pictures has given us a copy of the newly released Sing Street DVD to give away to one lucky reader. Yet another music-infused entry into the ever-growing Carney canon, Sing Street has an absolutely killer soundtrack. To enter, follow us on Twitter […]

To celebrate the home entertainment release of the final film by beloved director Garry Marshall (who died on July 19th at the age of 81), Elevation Pictures has given us a copy of the newly released Mother’s Day DVD to give away to one lucky reader. Marshall was a seminal voice in TV comedy and silver screen […]

  Kelly Bedard

To celebrate the home entertainment release of the latest from writer/director Richard Linklater, Paramount Home Distribution has given us a copy of the newly released Everybody Wants Some!! …

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution and Elevation Pictures. Only, this time, there are enough great things to talk about that we’re splitting our coverage between TV and Film releases. These are the new films available on DVD from Paramount & Elevation. Click Here to read about […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’m as surprised as the next person to write the following sentence – I think Neighbors 2 might turn out to be my favorite movie of the year. Now hear me out. I never even saw 2011’s Neighbors, starring a frat boy Zac Efron and married marauders Rose Byrne & Seth Rogan. In fact, I kind […]

  Kelly Bedard

What an odd, delightful treat this movie proved to be. Under-promoted to the point of near obscurity despite a name-packed cast, this Michael Showalter dramedy sneaks up on you. There are multiple moments along the way when you might want to declare the film too weird, too improbable, too kitschy to be deserving of attention […]

  Beth McNeil

Is it ever okay to tell a rape joke? To laugh at a rape joke? A new comedy show entitled “Rape is Real and Everywhere” is touring across the country, confronting what we believe about rape, rapists, and human decency in general. Billed as a “show about rape, as joked about by survivors”, it does […]

  Kelly Bedard

Tina Fey’s film about an Afghanistan war correspondent isn’t strictly a comedy but I wouldn’t call it a dark comedy (where the comedy comes from the darkness) or a dramedy (where the parts that are comedic are more subtle) either. It’s pretty obviously a comedy- act one plays out like a grownup, transplanted How to […]

  Kelly Bedard

I went to see How to Be Single by myself. I do a lot of things by myself but, specifically, going to the movies by myself is an unwavering preference, even if I have someone to go with. It means I can see whatever I want at whatever time I want (I usually just wander […]

  Kelly Bedard

I’m embarrassed to admit it took me a shockingly long time to catch on. I noticed the “mostly true story” disclaimer at the top of the film and processed that the main character was a playwright but when Dom Cooper showed up after I’d already been introduced to Frances de la Tour as a kind-hearted […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution. Gender-Coded Kids Stuff Super pretty and sweet, the Shimmer & Shine disc features 7 episodes about genies-in-training coded heavily feminine with great titles like “What a Pig Mess” and lots and lots of pink. Rev Up and Roar, meanwhile, is […]