After 2 years online, one of the most popular unscripted comedy formats in the world is back and celebrating its 40th year in Toronto! You’ll find two teams made up of the best comedians go head to head on who is funnier, and YOU, the audience, decide who wins.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY (thanks, Wikipedia):
The Bad Dog Theatre Company was founded in 2003, but can trace its roots back to 1982 when it was known as Theatresports Toronto. The company's work was based around that of director and playwright, Keith Johnstone. The company performed weekly improvisational comedy shows at Harbourfront in the Theatresports format. The show consisted of teams of improvisers competing with one another. Notable teams included Dangerous Poultry, The Parts, The Chumps and The Kids in the Hall (also previously known as The Audience).
Alumni from this period include Mike Myers, Tim Sims, Bruce Hunter (Puppets Who Kill), Pat McKenna (Red Green), Gary Campbell (MadTV producer/screenwriter), Lisa Merchant (Train 48), Sandra Shamas (Playwright), Linda Kash (A Mighty Wind), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It, Anyway) Globe and Mail Columnist Andrew Coyne and actor Keanu Reeves. It was through their work with Theatresports as well as legendary live shows at The Rivoli that Lorne Michaels reputedly came down to recruit Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney of the Kids in the Hall to write for Saturday Night Live.
$20 online, $25 at the door
COVID 19 INFORMATION & ACCESSIBILITY
Wearing a mask is recommended, but not mandatory.
Comedy Bar is a basement venue with 16 steps down to the entrance. Washrooms are located on the main floor.
The use of smoke machines and strobe, flashing lights or lasers may occur during performances