A Darker Side of Funny

Sketch troupe Tony Ho. (From left to right, Roger Bainbridge, Adam Niebergall, and Miguel Rivas.) Photo by Karl Ang.

Sketch troupe Tony Ho. (From left to right, Roger Bainbridge, Adam Niebergall, and Miguel Rivas.) Photo by Karl Ang.

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Sketch troupe Tony Ho, recently profiled in the Grid‘s Funny People series, isn’t afraid to go black in its pursuit of comedy, so it’s a natural headliner for A Darker Side of Funny. Host Marc Hallworth also welcomes Fratwurst and Paddy MacDonald to this special edition of Jokebox Comedy Lounge’s weekly cabaret series.

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Bruce McCulloch Trades the Hall for the Stage

Bruce McCulloch at San Francisco Sketchfest 2012. Photo by Ameen Belbahri.

Bruce McCulloch at San Francisco Sketchfest 2012. Photo by Ameen Belbahri.

  • Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas Street West)
  • 8:30 p.m.

When last we spoke to Bruce McCulloch, he and the rest of legendary sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall were in the midst of returning to the CBC with a new mini-series, Death Comes to Town. In the three years since then, McCulloch has written and performed a few solo live shows, including The Pink Dot Diaries at SF Sketchfest last year and, more recently, Young Drunk Punk here at Toronto Sketchfest in March. He has two upcoming performances at Hugh’s Room, on July 22 and 23.

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SINGular Sensation’s BackDora Awards

Donavon LeNabat, Jeni Walls, and Jamie Bird co-host SINGular Sensation's BackDora Awards. Photo by Andrea Pang.

Donavon LeNabat, Jeni Walls, and Jamie Bird co-host SINGular Sensation's BackDora Awards. Photo by Andrea Pang.

  • Statler's Lounge (487 Church Street)
  • 10 p.m.

No poop jokes, please: weekly musical theatre cabaret SINGular Sensation presents the first annual BackDora Awards, a tongue in cheek ceremony celebrating Toronto’s small-stage stars, the people who sing and entertain in Toronto backrooms and lounges. Based in part on the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, there will be performances by Billy Elliot’s David Light, cabaret performers Gabi Epstein and Chris Tsujiuchi, and more, plus awards, of course. (Formal attire encouraged.)

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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