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 memo...
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 peo...
09/21/2014 02:59 EDT
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...
09/20/2014 03:49 EDT
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...
09/19/2014 03:14 EDT
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, a...
09/16/2014 04:56 EDT
Joan Rivers paved the way for female comedians like no one before her. She was the first female comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. Many famous funny ladies cite Rivers as their inspiration, and with good reason. Looking at the festival line-up for late-September's JFL42, TO's answer to Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival, you can see the influence Joan Rivers had on the comedy world.
09/05/2014 08:55 EDT
The good folks at JFL42 must have known Toronto was getting antsy for comedy, because they offered up a taste of the festival -- an amuse-bouche, if you will -- just this past week. I was ever-so-lucky to see one of the best in the biz, festival alumni Todd Barry.
07/22/2014 03:26 EDT
Bingeing is one of the more popular ways to watch TV these days. Might explain why I watched the entire second season of Orange Is the New Black in just two short days. Binge-watching is not all fun and games -- they don't call it a marathon for nothing. But I think it's the best way to watch TV, especially for a show you love. Here's why.
06/24/2014 05:32 EDT
This "give me what I'm owed" attitude is prevalent -- ask any woman who's ever been to a dance club and been cornered and made to chat, had her ass grabbed, her tits groped. I'm talking about literally every woman I know. What's interesting is that this attitude is rarely articulated quite so clearly by the actual person perpetrating the violence -- in many ways, Rodger was more upfront than most about his sexist ideology. He admitted to it, then he acted on it, and the consequences were enormous. Now that #YesAllWomen has shown the world what it feels like to be female, I hope that the little, "insignificant" instances of everyday sexism are no longer brushed aside.
05/27/2014 05:33 EDT
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.
02/02/2014 10:46 EST
After reading Lisa Bloom's "How to Talk to Little Girls," I put a lot of effort into steering my comments away from children's looks. But a recent article on Slate called "How to Talk to a Woman Without Saying 'Great Boots'" was a reminder that it's not just little girls who need to be told they're worth more than their big blue eyes and stylish attire.
01/23/2014 08:27 EST
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 rom...
12/19/2013 09:42 EST
We all know the allegations against R. Kelly (a.k.a. Robert Sylvester Kelly) -- his "exploits" are widely catalogued in pop culture. But now that the Village Voice has published all the gory details about how he abused young women, I can't separate this artist from his actions any more. So I vow to leave the room when "Ignition (Remix)" comes on. I vow to never watch Trapped in the Closet again (though, to be honest, once was probably enough anyway). This is it. I'm done. It's a small step and by no means do I think it will change the world, but it's something I can do to honour the women whose lives were shattered by Kelly's actions.
12/18/2013 05:23 EST
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. My real problem with the whole thing is the fact that Lululemon's brand is based on healthy living and self-empowerment, and that's not something that only comes in sizes 1-3-5.
11/08/2013 12:38 EST
When someone steals, it's not often they get called "a strong person," or told that they have guts. That's why it's so shocking to see to see an outpouring of support, some of it downright flattering, for a Toronto Star summer intern who wrote a confessional blog explaining how and why he plagiarized. Posts like Ellison's don't feel honest to me. In fact they ring of the worst kind of self-promotion. Since when do people get a gold star for admitting they did something bad? Certainly people make mistakes or have lapses of judgment -- no one is perfect. But the thing is, journalists aren't asked to be perfect, just honest and accurate.
10/08/2013 12:27 EDT
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.
10/01/2013 02:41 EDT
I love #JFL42. I think it's a great festival. It's innovative, it's fun, and it's bringing a more robust comedy scene to Toronto. Next year all they need to do is drop the pretense that using phones at a smartphone-based festival is rude. And all I need to do...is get a new phone.
09/27/2013 08:11 EDT
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. In Canada, this wouldn't be the case. In some places, this is reality. This is the story of the TIFF film, Siddharth.
09/13/2013 05:41 EDT
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 "Ext...
09/12/2013 02:07 EDT
Maybe, just maybe, pedophiles -- especially the ones who manage to live their lives without offending -- deserve our sympathy. Imagine being born into this sex-obsessed world with one of the only universally unacceptable sexual desires, and no way of talking about it without incriminating yourself.
08/30/2013 05:46 EDT
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