Kelly Bedard

Mae Martin’s autobiographical-adjacent Netflix series Feel Good was one of the great emotional experiences of our 2020 Year of Television. Playing an emotionally truthful/factually ambiguous version of “Mae” navigating love and addiction as a London stand-up, Martin’s easy charm and astounding vulnerability immediately captured our hearts, earning them a nomination for Outstanding Leading Performance in […]

  Kelly Bedard

Bad Dog Comedy Theatre is getting in on Pride month with an Official Pride Toronto Community event this weekend, a two-day mini-festival of shows highlighting LGBTQ performers. Three shows on Friday will be followed up by four shows on Saturday and, as is often the case at Bad Dog, you can add shows to your […]

  Chris Behmke

Randy Writes A Novel, currently playing at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, is not what one would conventionally call “theatre,” per se. The show is set in a theatre, but it is really a semi-scripted stand-up comedy act built around personal storytelling, riffing on societal commentary, and interspersed with existential philosophy and reflection. And […]

  Duncan Derry

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Self-Ish (B+) It says a lot about the strength of Diana Bang’s performance in this one-woman piece (and my shoddy pre-viewing research) that while I was watching it I assumed it to be an autobiographical work, pulled from the actor’s life. I have no […]

  Chelsea Dinsmore

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Grey (A) After the lights came back up at the end of Grey, I needed a moment to recover from the emotional wallop that this show packs.  As someone who loves moral ambiguity and stories about flawed characters, this is exactly my kind of play, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Be sure to check out our Full List of Fringe Reviews Real Actors. Not People. (A) The definitely real people (and also actors) who wrote and star in this charming two-hander have created a Fringe piece that seems designed in no small part to justify their company’s existence. As someone who spends an inordinate amount […]

  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

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution and Elevation Pictures. Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser Nah, who needs standup on DVD? This is Netflix’s game, everyone else should get out of it. Also, Daniel Tosh, can we please be done with him? Episodes (Fourth Season) The penultimate season of this […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the On DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount Home Distribution and Elevation Pictures. Paramount Home Distribution The Paramount haul this month is pretty light, including new offerings in two of their most standard categories: kids fare (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Blast to the Past) and the Perry Mason Movie Collection (Volume […]

  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 […]

  Kelly Bedard

The totally goofy, very sitcom-y NBC spring sitcom Undateable is not the sort of show you really want to go to bat for when begging the networks not to cancel your favourite things (this year that’s The Mindy Project and About a Boy, both regular purveyors of honest to goodness human emotion) it is, nonetheless, […]

  Nick Christophers

Comedy is sometimes considered the healthiest type of medicine and for most folks it is true. This theory has been the backbone of many comedians when appearing in public. The art of comedy was first utilized in theatre in Ancient Greece. It comes as no surprise that internationally recognized comedian Basile just happens to be […]

  Kelly Bedard

Read Thea’s Reviews and Lorenzo’s Reviews of the NSTF. Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook I loved comedian Graham Clark’s solo show at last summer’s Fringe Festival. So did everyone else, including Fringe head honcho Lucy Eveleigh. So Lucy invited him back for the Next Stage Festival. This, in theory, makes sense (especially considering they have […]

  Kelly Bedard

It’s time, once again, for the TV on DVD series featuring new releases from Paramount (not technically limited to TV): Hercules Because the world Definitely needed a version of Hercules starring the Rock and directed by Brett Ratner, of all people. If it were up to me, we would have stopped adapting this myth when Disney […]

  Saiya Floyd

I wanted to like Mulaney. I really, really wanted to like it. John Mulaney is one of my favorite comedians out there at the moment, and so it pains me to say that I didn’t enjoy the pilot of his new sitcom. It was awkward, the characters were underdeveloped, and the pacing was weird. The […]

  Kelly Bedard

I Think Therefore I’m Graham (A) Like most shows in the Tarragon Solo Room, Graham Clark’s Fringe show is essentially stand-up comedy and, like most shows in the Tarragon Solo Room, it lives or dies by the charm and wit of the lone performer. Luckily for I Think Therefore I’m Graham, Graham Clark is among […]

  Kelly Bedard

Check out our Full List of Fringe reviews HERE and see below for my report from my first day of shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Tachycardia (C-) The first show on my Fringe schedule fell victim to that very Fringe-y problem of artistically indulgent accidental silliness. Nadine Bhabha and Joel Edmiston begin the play with […]

  Kelly Bedard

TV on DVD is one of my favourite things. Long before Netflix, it revolutionized the way we consume television and, for the first time ever, made it possible for a show to be remembered (or even discovered) long after it was canceled (most likely by FOX). At least half of all hardcore Whedon fans seem […]

  Brock Swinson

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has been at the top of my comic list for many years now. You may recognize him as the pedestrian from the “meow” scene in Super Troopers, as Roy Keene from That 70s Show, from the “Pale Force” skits with Conan O’Brien, as Andy Franklin on My Boys, or from countless appearances […]

  Brock Swinson

With entertainment stockpiles like Netflix, iTunes and Hulu Plus, television fanatics are losing entire weekends to binge viewings of an assortment of shows. Viewers are escaping to the lands of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, Agrestic or Dexter‘s Miami for forty-eight hour chunks as the real world shifts around them. The only major player that […]

  Kelly Bedard

This isn’t really a post about theatre. But, Come On People, is seven branches not enough? Can’t poetry be filed under “books”, solitaire under “games”, dance under “theatre”, bowling under “sports”? (I jest, I don’t write about bowling. Or solitaire… at least not yet). This is me arbitrarily deciding that Stand-Up Comedy officially goes under […]