Canada Comedy

I'm On An Emotional Rollercoaster With Lena Dunham

Hannah Jack | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Dunham has changed the game on how young women can talk about their bodies, and their lives, and their problems. But my general reaction to this sentiment is UGH because we had to wait for someone to do that. I can be funny and popular now because the general public has a frame of reference for me. People can now qualify how funny or attractive I am based on another human being's life.

Thoughts on Adulthood From a Brand New Adult

Hannah Jack | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

As I creep ever closer to death and settle in to my old age (23 is the new 83!) I've made a couple of realizations about myself and how I'm gonna get out there and put my stamp on the world. So allow me to impart upon you my sage wisdom that I've accumulated in my whole, like, 16 months as a human adult lady.

Despite All the Laughs, Robin Williams Suffered

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

Rare are the moments where reading of an actor's passing does much more to me other than illicit a half-shrug before I carry on with my day, but in the case of Robin Williams it stopped me straight in my tracks. Williams depression wasn't new. He was an alcoholic with a long history of substance abuse. He dodged consistent allegations of stealing jokes throughout his years as a stand-up comic. He suffered. Despite and through the laughs, he suffered.

Why We Make Videos of Strangers Undressing and Getting Into Bed Together

Mary Dimino | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada
Mary Dimino

There's a reason people make videos of strangers undressing and getting into bed together. It's for science. And I think I've just been blinded by it...

What I Learned This Week: How YouTube Will Change Comedy Forever

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

At its best, YouTube is the Garden of Eden; not only for the next generation of comedians, but actually forming the next generation of comedians. It's way more than just a promotional tool. At its worst, YouTube is the ruthless Angel of Death, and perhaps for an entire comedic genre...namely, stand-up. Gulp.

This Podcast Taught Me Everything I Need To Know About Life

Hannah Jack | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada
Hannah Jack

This is what happens when you realize you can't just smoke weed and masturbate for the rest of your life. That's maybe cruder terms than what I was actually doing (which was mostly Netflix and beer) but hearing someone say it woke me up. After spending most of my first out of school fall getting drunk on Wednesday days and dicking around I was just kinda sad. So I started a blog!

Reggie Watts: Musician, Comedian, Canada-Lover

Sarah Kurchak | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Music

Reggie Watts might not be South By Southwest’s biggest fan. “Austin [during SXSW] is ridiculous,” the improvisational comedian and musician ...

NXNE Best Bets: Shows, BBQs, Parties, Panels And Streetcar Concerts

The Huffington Post Canada | Melody Lau | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Music

Toronto's North By Northeast Festival has spent the past 20 years curating a festival that not only celebrates the 1500 or so musical acts it invites ...

The Unlikely Feminism of Mindy Kaling

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's exciting to be living in an era of television where we see more and more clever women gracing our TV screens -- especially ones who look and act like us. But at the same time, there seems to be a growing attack on femininity in the name of progress. And that's why Mindy Kaling's brand of feminism is becoming increasingly important.

How To Survive Theatre School

Hannah Jack | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

You will not be a normal person when you finish this. You may wake up from this in four years and be like "who is this person that I am now?" I'm always sort of on the verge of tears, I'm too busy to eat or shower, I can't not articulate every single word, I haven't worn real pants in years, I'm not as funny as I used to be, the list continues for literal days.

I'm Actually Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

This is what it actually feels like to be not a girl not yet a woman. You're young enough to go out drinking on a Monday afternoon and old enough to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror the next morning. You're young enough to still wear leggings as pants but old enough to realize you really need to start doing some squats.

Why Youngest Siblings Might Be Detroit's Best Hope

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

For those of you who know me personally, you'll know that I'm in a pretty serious relationship with Detroit. Detroit needs to make a call for actors, writers, artists, comedians, photographers, to work on a sense of community through laughter, joy and creative expression! It's not a solution but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Detroit needs a younger sibling to make sure that they don't get swallowed up in their own sadness.

Dating a Comedy Nerd: A How-To Guide

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

People are literally always trying to date me (that's a lie). So, I thought I would just streamline the whole process and give everyone a few tips and tricks on how to deal, play along, keep up, and woo that special little comedy nerd in your life. Follow these how to's and you wont just be sitting front row at your close friend's shitty improv show, you'll be sitting front row at your girlfriend's shitty improv show.

Want to Understand Comedian-Speak? Try This Handy Glossary

Ward Anderson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Sometimes comedians will be talking with one another and, to an outsider, it may seem like they're speaking their own language. That is why I offer this simple glossary for everyone who has ever wondered just what "Comedian-Speak" is all about.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Comedians

Ward Anderson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

I never tell people the kind of money I make. Mostly, that's because it changes all the time. Some clubs pay very well, some not so much. There is no industry standard and the money changes from week to week, depending upon everything from experience to location to number of shows performed per week.

Why Conservative Comedy Does Not Work

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Simply put, it's funnier to laugh at those who Have than those who Have Not. If it surprises anyone that there is not more Right-Wing humour out there, ask yourself this simple question: When have you ever gone to a movie and rooted for the popular jock to beat the unpopular nerd?

Five Things I'm Happy The Internet Is Making Obsolete

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

In all fairness, The Internet isn't killing porn. Just the way we obtain it. A man used to go to great lengths in order to enjoy porn in the privacy of his girlfriend's home. He had to acquire a magazine or a DVD or (shudder) a video tape of other people having sex. He couldn't just get that stuff anywhere; he had to go to specific stores and buy them from fat guys with awkward mustaches.

Ford Nation Deserves Better Than Rob Ford

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

People keep saying "Toronto deserves better." But there's more to it than that. Ford Nation deserves better. Forget your politics for one second. Forget left or right or suburban or urbanite. This guy shouldn't be your guy, no matter which side of the fence you fall off of during a drunken stupor. Ford Nation should want better than Rob Ford, because Ford Nation should be better than Rob Ford. If our leaders are supposed to be shining examples of the people they represent, surely Ford Nation can find someone else. Not just for Toronto, but for themselves.

WATCH: 'Owen Wilson Loves Vancouver'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

From the same man who brought you those hilarious 'A Boston Bruins Fan In Vancouver' YouTube videos comes an impersonation so spot-on we're almost ask...

Five Things You Might Not Know About Halloween

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

It's almost All Hallow's Eve and people from age three to age 99 will be dressing up in costume, eating candy, and partying the night away on this spooky, festive occasion. Most people know the history of Halloween at this point but here are five random facts about Halloween you just might not know.

When Doctors Say "Scooch" It's Never a Good Thing

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

The doctor entered with his miner's light and didn't even say hello. He said, "Scooch." Scooch is never a comfortable word for a woman. Why does he get all chatty when he's south of the border? Once he's got out the salad servers, he starts talking about his golf game. One time he said, "Oh, you've been to the beach."

The 5 Most Annoying People at the Gym

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

As Halloween and the holidays fast approach, the urge to indulge in candy. For that reason, many people wind up doing extra shifts at the gym. But there are annoying people at that gym and we all spot them. They are so common that it's likely you easily recognize the following five fitness fiascos from your local health club.

Five Things Hollywood Pretends Are Affordable

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you spend a lot of time watching movies, you begin to notice a trend: movies are about Average Joes. Yet it seems Hollywood apparently would have us believe that John Q. Public has easy access to all the things people with money tend to be doing. Here's a list of five examples of pricey things that we keep seeing Average Janes doing on TV and in the movies.

Five Things Grown Men Should Never Wear

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Ward Anderson

I saw someone wearing parachute pants the other day. It reminded me that clothing and fashion goes out of style and then comes back in again. Yet there remains several fashion choices that need to forever say in the "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" category. What follows are five things you won't see me wearing...and that no grown man should be wearing.

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

Devon Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Devon Murphy

2013-09-26-JFL42banner.jpg I love seeing non-Canadian comedians in Canada, because they always let the nation-specific jokes fly. Sure, we're easy to laugh at -- if you don't actually know anything about us. Some people, however, like Janeane Garofalo are up on their Canadian trivia.