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Aaron Hagey-MacKay, Adam McNamara, Simon Pond, and Eric Turk of Statutory Jape will be among the jokesters featured at the Toronto Sketch Festival. Photo courtesy of Damien Nelson, FLIP Publicity.
Today in Toronto: the Sketch Festival tickles your funny bone, friends of Shirley Case encourage you to live in the moment, and four authors take it to the mat.
COMEDY: Over forty sketch comedy troupes from across the continent will be descending on Toronto this week for the Toronto Sketch Festival, kicking off six nights of pee-your-pants tonight. Check the festival calendar to see who’s playing at the festival’s three venues: Comedy Bar, Lower Ossington Theatre, and Second City. Headlining this year’s epic lineup is internet sensation Brian Gallivan, performing as his popular sassy alter ego known for offering relationship advice to literary heroines like Juliet and Ophelia. Various venues and times, $15 per show, four-show pass for $40, full festival pass for $60.
FUNDRAISER: Shirley Case was a woman who never shied away from a challenge, and spent her life devoted to helping others. She was tragically shot to death in Afghanistan in 2008 at the age of thirty, cutting her life of selfless humanitarianism tragically short. To honour her memory—and her fearless spirit—her friends will be raising funds to build a school in Nicaragua at Meaning To Do. Entertainment for the evening will be by DJ Waseem Dabdoub and Franklin’s Fault, as well as Canadian Idol finalist Jessica Sheppard. Above all, the event is meant to remind everyone to live life to its fullest, and to not put off till tomorrow that which can be enjoyed today. Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East), 7 p.m., $55 in advance, $65 at the door.
WORDS: It’s time to get a little blood on the page as the travelling showdown of wordsmiths Literary Death Match ends its tour in Toronto. Competing during the evening’s knock-down drag-out bout of word slinging will be playwright Claudia Dey, novelist Ibi Kaslik, poet Susan Holbrook, and screenwriter Andrew Kaufman. Watching from the judges’ booth will be Julie Wilson a.k.a. Book Madam, producer and author Lisa Gabriele, and journalist Chris Shulgan. Let the battle begin! Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8:15 p.m., $5–$8.