Canada's only exclusive standup and sketch comedy label, Comedy Records, recently teamed up with Exclaim! to launch the Comedy Records Showcase, which will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor St. W) in Toronto. Show times are at 9 pm sharp!
The next night of the series takes place Thursday March 2, featuring sets by Adrienne Fish, Hunter Collins, and Bryan O'Gorman.
Adrienne Fish was born and raised in Toronto. In April, she'll be performing at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival before Yuk Yuks sends her on a five-week, Western Canadian tour. If you cross paths with her during this trek, maybe don't sit right beside her.
"I love eating on my own," Fish says. "That's why I love airplanes; I just love eating on them because no one's around to distract you. Just you, your own little table, your own little TV screen, and your own little farts.
"I love farting on planes," she adds. "As loud and as often as you want, and no one can hear shit. And what would I eat? A really good sandwich. I love sandwiches. Like a good one, y'know? Maybe a grilled panini with pesto sauce and roasted red peppers with some goat cheese or brie? Oh shit, yeah. Farts on a plane and sandwiches. Best. Ever."
At our possibly stinky showcase, Fish will release her first EP, which is titled ready for this?...Adrienne Fish. "My Mum came up with it," Fish says proudly.
Hunter Collins is originally from Montreal but now calls Toronto home.
"Dogs humping, hands down," he says when asked to name the funniest thing in the world. "Because it's all the silliness of copulation without the guilt and arousal of porn. Think about a Shih Tzu boffing a wiener dog and tell me that isn't harmless comedy gold."
Of course, Collins doesn't see all of life as a lark. In fact, when pondering the end of his own time on earth, he has a special musical request for his funeral.
"'The Sea and Sinbad's Ship' from Rimsky Korsakov's Schéhérazade," Collins states, "Because hopefully my life will have reflected the dynamism of the warm, fluttery woodwind movements that — like waves — roll into the raging brass triumph of the piece's stormy climax, just before the inevitable, idyllic calm that — much like the sea itself — our lives also meet once our energy is released from the mortal coil.
"That or Vivaldi's 'March of the Tiny Humping Dogs.'"
Beyond our showcase, you can see Collins at Comedy Bar on Monday March 6 at 10 p.m. for his monthly show, "Guts for Laughs," where he and a panel of comedians tear apart a horror movie live. He'll also appear at Showtime Comedy Club in St. Catharines March 24 and 25 and at Yuk Yuks in Ottawa between March 30 and April 1.
Collins' new EP was recorded at New York Comedy Club and drops in the spring, on Comedy Records.
Bryan O'Gorman is from Markham originally and now has no fixed address that he's willing to share, but you can keep tabs on him via his podcast, The Sunday Purge.
"Were these questions written by a ninth grade drama student?" he asks incredulously when, much like Collins, he's asked to cite the funniest thing in the world.
"It depends on what you think is funny. For me it's watching people get angry at happiness or love. But for you maybe it's asking people unanswerable questions.
"What's the greatest song ever? Yeah, you like that? How does it feel?"
All right, point taken O'Gorman. Let's try something easier: what song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Jesus, who asks people that?! I dunno, 'Bite It You Scum' by GG Allin. I just want people to mosh again!"
So there you have it. You too can ask these fine comedians to contemplate their own deaths by attending this showcase and only talking when you're asked to.
A ten-dollar ticket includes one pint of Steamwhistle; you can buy tickets in advance here.