The Comedy Records/Exclaim! Standup Showcase continues January 5 with an excellent line-up of socially adept comedians. at Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor St. W) in Toronto. Showtimes are at 9 pm sharp!
The next instalment takes place Thursday January 5, featuring sets by Steph Tolev, Efthimios Nasiopoulos, and Rob Pue.
Steph Tolev is from East York but currently calls Los Angeles home.
"I'm currently really fixated on working out and trying to get fit," she says. "L.A. has a way of making you feel really fat and gross. I hike a lot and go to the gym, which is a nightmare but feels like the law in Hollywood, but the people watching at the gym is the best.
"I also found out 74-year-old men love me. There's one guy who plays the oboe in his car before he works out — he blows me kisses and I blush."
Tolev is in Ontario until the middle of the month and is performing in Toronto, St. Catharines, London, and Windsor before getting back to L.A. to work out with the oboe guy.
Rob Pue lives in Toronto and recently released a comedy record called Puegilist.
"My best quality is my thick head of hair," Pue reveals. "And my worst quality is that my hair is growing so well, it's taking over the rest of my forehead, making me a three-head."
His luxurious locks are likely the subjects of much conversation when Pue entertains friends, which, by the sounds of it, can be potentially awkward.
"My ideal dinner guest would be David Attenborough," he says. "I'd have him narrate me eating dinner and I'd never actually acknowledge that he was even there."
Efthimios Nasiopoulos is from Toronto but now calls Vancouver home.
"I'm social and open to try new things," he says. "I think as a comedian, you definitely benefit by meeting new people and having various experiences. It gives you a different perspective and stops you from plateauing. If you can do that without a debilitating hangover, than you're ahead of the game.
"On the negative side, I tend to procrastinate a lot, and although the rush of getting things done with an ever-fast-approaching deadline is exciting, it's also super stressful and can lead to subpar work."
One decision Nasiopoulos hasn't delayed making is selecting music he'd like played at his own funeral.
"If I could pick any song, it would be George Michael's 'Freedom 90.' It would cause so much confusion but eventually it would make everyone happy. RIP George Michael."
A ten dollar ticket includes one pint of Steamwhistle; you can buy tickets in advance here.