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Georgea Brooks-Hancock hosts Strip Comedy tonight at The Central. Photo by Dan Abramovici.
Tonight in Toronto: your choice of comedians with or without clothes, a musical variant on the book club, and a launch party for the entrepreneur-boosting Project Wildfire.
COMEDY: Crickets won’t be the only consequence of a joke falling flat at Strip Comedy, a new show that finds comics losing their shirts! For any joke that doesn’t get a laugh, the offending comedian must remove one article of clothing, resulting in a sort of win-win situation for the audience and the potential for serious humiliation for the comic. Hosted by Georgea Brooks-Hancock, the event features such stunning talent as John Hastings, Steph Tolev, Kevin Soldo, Jon Schabl, and Hannah Cheeseman. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: If you happen to be a giant prude and prefer your comedians fully clothed*, then you may be better off checking out Second City‘s new unscripted show, Improv All-Stars. See some of Second City’s funniest talents spin audience suggestions into utter hilarity in this new weekly spectacle. *Note that there is no actual guarantee that comedians will be fully clothed. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $20 or $15 students.
MUSIC: Who says book clubs should have the market cornered on chatty group discussions about popular media? The Polaris Music Prize presents the third installment of its monthly Record Salon, wherein music lovers can assemble to discuss new albums in Canadian music. Each month a jury member presents a favourite new release, and tonight Eye Weekly‘s Chris Bilton offers up Cloak and Cipher, the latest release from Montreal’s Land of Talk. The event will feature a listening session of the full album, along with an open discussion and an interview with Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Project Wildfire is a youth-business incubator with a mandate to find and support innovative social business ideas in Toronto by providing some F.I.R.E.—funding, inspiration, resources, and education. Beginning tomorrow, young entrepreneurs can submit 60- to 90-second video pitches to compete for the grand prize of $25,000, plus business mentoring. Tonight, OMNI’s Veronica Chail hosts the project’s opening party, including special guest speakers and musical guests Shi Wisdom, Wolf J, and DJ MiDZ. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE before 9 p.m., $10 after.