Review: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 31, 2022 @ 8:08pm

I stood in the audience to see New Order, a band with a dark and tragic past whose phoenix-like rise from the ashes of Joy Division was the source of several documentaries and biopics.

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Album Review: Sally Brooks - Street Bird

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 11, 2022 @ 7:24pm

I spent several years working on and hosting a podcast where I listened to comedy albums, so when I was asked to review Sally Brooks' upcoming album Street Bird, I was very excited.

Sally is a touring comic, writer, and podcaster. She was born in Cincinnati before moving to New York and finally settling in Atlanta.

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JFL Toronto Review: Joel Kim Booster

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  •  September 29, 2022 @ 11:15am

One of my favorite things about Toronto's Just for Laughs Festival is that some of the acts are really great at showing you how the sausage gets made.

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JFL Toronto Review: Craig Ferguson

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  September 26, 2022 @ 11:02pm

Going to a Craig Ferguson show is like going on a walk with a Scottish family member. I know this because I am married to someone who is only once removed from this, and watching Craig Ferguson's set is like chatting with my wife.

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JFL Toronto Interview: Stand-up comic Vir Das

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  •  September 26, 2022 @ 4:30pm

If you don't know who Vir Das is by this point, that's on you, because he's very busy. Most recently, the stand-up comic released an all-crowd work special which was recorded over Zoom -- two phrases that make him a comedy daredevil. This marks his 4th special for Netflix.

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JFL Toronto Reviews: Kurt Braunohler & Alex Edelman

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  •  September 24, 2022 @ 9:04am

Kurt Braunohler

Reviewed by: Matthew Ardill

After having a delightful conversation with the incredible Kurt Braunohler, I felt it was a MUST to make it to his shows (which is a lie – I had tickets to last night's 9 PM show at Comedy Bar and "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen" well befo

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JFL Toronto Review: John Mulaney - From Scratch

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  September 23, 2022 @ 6:27pm

The journey to the From Scratch Tour for John Mulaney and the city of Toronto has been a long one starting in 2018, and has had many twists and turns. He canceled four shows in Toronto for reasons from "I don't remember" to an opportunity to host Saturday Night Live (again).

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JFL Toronto Interview: Kurt Braunohler embracing the bananas

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  September 22, 2022 @ 9:12pm

Kurt Braunohler has been embracing the bananas since well before he had a podcast of the same name. A stand-up comedian, actor, and improviser, Kurt's material ranges from the conversational to the absurdist, and has always been willing to go to new places.

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JFL Toronto Interview: Stand-up comic, CONAN writer, and author Laurie Kilmartin

Posted by: Paul Little  •  September 16, 2022 @ 11:18pm

Laurie Kilmartin has been making people laugh for a long time. She's been working as a stand-up for most of her adult life, putting out 3 albums (including 2021's Corset) and appearing on late night shows like CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Punch Up Your Life - The Height of Depression (Ryan Sheedy)

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  •  July 21, 2022 @ 7:24pm

Ryan Sheedy - In the middle of epically spiraling out, from a series of melancholy events, Ryan still has to make rent the only way he knows how... Birthday Clown. Will Ryan be able to get out from under this emotional boulder, and not scar a generation of children?

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