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Hecklers At Comedy Shows Equal Playtime For Comedians

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Ah, hecklers. Are they a plague on comedy shows, or do they give comedians a chance to stretch their improv muscles, resulting in what is arguably the best part of the night? Or at least the most memorable.

Comedy fans have a strange fascination with heckling. Dig around on...

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JFL42 Lena Dunham Gives Toronto First Reading From Her New Book

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Lena Dunham's headlining act at JFL42 at first seemed like the odd event out -- it's not a stand-up act, and frankly a lot of the topics Lena deals with aren't all that funny. But that didn't stop people from coming out in droves to see her read...

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JFL42 Amy Schumer Kicks Off The Festival In Side-Splitting Style

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 3:49 PM

If you're not already obsessed with Amy Schumer, now is the chance to get caught up before she gets any more famous -- and believe me, she's going to be huge.

In fact, she's already a major star, and her Friday night sold out JFL42 show proves...

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JFL42: One Whirlwind Opening Night at Toronto's Comedy Festival

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:03 PM

It's my favourite time of year: JFL42, Toronto’s comedy festival. Sure, I could travel to Montreal for the original Just For Laughs festival, but frankly I’m broke and I already live in Toronto. It's nice when something so great comes to you, isn't it?

Thursday night kicked off...

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Wanda Sykes Talks JFL42 And 'Loving' The Ford Family

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Wanda Sykes is going to say what you’re thinking, and it’s going to make you laugh -- you can be sure of that.

The 50-year-old comedian has been telling it like it is on the comedy stage for years, and Comedy Central even named her one of the best...

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Joan Rivers Paved the Way For Female Comedians

(11) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:42 PM

As with the passing of any legend, Joan Rivers' death has shocked and saddened many -- especially in the comedy community she was a part of for over 40 years.

Celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences, many marking what a true icon Rivers was.

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#JFL42: Todd Barry Works the Crowd in a Festival Preview

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:26 PM

It's not often that I wish the months of summer would go by faster -- after surviving this past winter, that's the last thing on my mind. But my favourite Toronto festival, #JFL42 (Just For Laughs comedy fest for the TO crowd) happens to fall in September. Total...

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I'm Addicted to Binge-Watching TV, and I'm Not Sorry

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 11:49 p.m.: I feel a little grimy, a little sleepy and just a tad guilty. I've just finished the entire second season of the Netflix original hit Orange Is the New Black in one weekend. That's about 13 hours of quality TV viewing in just...

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A$AP Ferg Talks Changing The World, Shabba Ranks And Why He Never Packs

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:40 AM

If you’re into hip-hop you know that A$AP Rocky isn’t the only member of the Mob who can draw a crowd. This was the year of Ferg.

"Trap Lord," the first solo effort of the self-appointed Hood Pope, featured artists from his old friend A$AP Rocky to Big K.R.I.T.,...

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Elliot Rodger Proves the Danger of Everyday Sexism

(98) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:33 PM

I recently moved to a new neighbourhood, and I was really excited about it. It's downtown, near lots of good restaurants, fun bars, my friends -- but since I moved, two women have been sexually assaulted in the area by multiple men (one held captive for 28 hours),...

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A Football-Hater's Guide to Getting Through the Super Bowl

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Ah, the Super Bowl. For some, it's a glorious time of celebration, for others (me) it's an exhausting day of screaming, confusion, and Doritos dust all over the place. Here's my guide to watching the Super Bowl when your partner is a fan and you're really, really not.

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Why I Won't Tell You You're Pretty

(14) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:51 AM


After reading Lisa Bloom's "How to Talk to Little Girls" in 2011, I put a lot of effort into steering my comments away from children's looks. I bit my tongue when meeting three-year-old girls who were just SO CUTE with their tiny little...

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Love Actually Is Actually The Least Romantic Film Of All Time? (VIDEO)

(26) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:41 AM

While nobody was watching, "Love Actually" seems to have become a holiday classic. But not everyone is happy about it.

Earlier this month, The Atlantic's Christopher Orr called the film the "least romantic of all time." Is he right?

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I'm Putting R. Kelly's Music Back in the Closet, Forever

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Two years ago, I biked down to the Dog Bowl in Toronto's Trinity-Bellwoods park to watch an outdoor screening of R. Kelly's magnum opus, Trapped in the Closet. Just a few weeks ago, I was considering a New Year's Eve trip to Detroit to ring in the new year with...

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Hey Chip, Stop Selling Us Sex and Calling it Health

(47) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:59 AM

If Lululemon founder Chip Wilson truly believed that "Friends are more important than money" -- one of the many points of the athletic-wear brand's "manifesto" -- he probably wouldn't have alienated so many of his customers with his recent comments.

While attempting to defend his product against...

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Since When Do Plagiarists Deserve Praise?

(11) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 12:27 PM

When someone steals, it's not often they get called "a strong person," or told that they have guts (well, maybe these guys). It's rarer still for the thief to be called "courageous" by the person supposedly holding him accountable.

That's why it's so shocking to see to...

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Oh, Canada: Are They Laughing At Us, or With Us?

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:41 PM

Canada has a long and storied history of great comedy.

From Kids in the Hall to French Canadian YouTube star Jon Lajoie, Canadian comedy is one of our prime exports. Everyone (at least everyone North of the border) knows that SNL would be nothing without our guys...

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Trying to Enjoy a Smartphone-Based Festival With My Sad, Old Phone

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:11 AM

#JFL42 (Just for Laughs for the Toronto crowd) is a digitally-focused comedy festival -- and really, it's very cool. Very Gen Y. It kicked off last Friday, September 20, and ends this Saturday, September 28.

The festival has three headliners (this year they're Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and the cast...

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Drawn From a Hat TIFF Reviews: 'Siddharth' Is Every Parent's Nightmare

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:41 PM

What if your child went missing and you had no photograph of him to share, no money, no Internet to search, and no one who could help you? You would probably do everything you could the hard way. Save up so you could travel in person to the last place...

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Ricky Gervais On Netflix's 'Derek': Like You've Never Seen Him Before

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:07 PM

If you told me before I sat down to watch Ricky Gervais’ new show "Derek" that I would end up crying in front of my computer, I would've never believed you. Crying with laughter like I did during "Extras"? Sure. Cringing with second-hand embarrassment, "Office"-style? Pretty...

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