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2013 Hero: Pat Thornton

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains: the very best and very worst people, places, things, and ideas that have had an influence on the city over the past 12 months. Cast your ballot until 2 p.m. on January 1. At 4 p.m. we will reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero […]

Pat Thornton’s 24 Hour Stand-Up Set, Year 5

Comedian Pat Thornton and his comedy pals are doubling down on the success of last year‘s 24 Hour Stand-Up Set, looking to raise over $48,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. As of a week out, they were already at 15 per cent of their goal, thanks to grassroots campaigning with T-shirts and a dare chain […]

Pat Thornton at Yuk Yuk’s Toronto

We could watch funnyman Pat Thornton do standup for hours and hours. In fact, we have—several times. The comic headlines all this week at Yuk Yuk’s Toronto alongside some hilarious guest performers.

Extra, Extra: Pat Thornton, Donald Trump, and Naheed Nenshi

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Over the weekend, comedian Pat Thornton managed to do stand-up comedy for 24 hours straight, for the fourth time in four years. The stunt raised more than $25,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an NGO that fights […]

Pat Thornton, Comedy’s Marathon Man, Prepares for Another 24 Hours

Pat Thornton’s 24-Hour Stand-Up Marathon Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West ) November 16, 8 p.m.–November 17, 8 p.m. $5 minimum donation Stand-up and sketch comic Pat Thornton admits he didn’t really know what he was getting into when he agreed to do “something” as a benefit for the Stephen Lewis foundation back in 2009. […]

Pat Thornton’s First Eight Hours

Pat Thornton launched his third annual 24-hour stand-up marathon at 5 p.m. last night, and we arrived two hours into his epic joke reading set. Some Torontoist folks were already there, and we were joined by a half dozen more over the next few hours. We have plans to go back later today, but in […]

Pat Thornton Preps for Third Annual Dare to Remember

Pat Thornton’s 24 Hour Stand-Up Set: Year 3 Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 5 p.m. Monday November 7 to 5 p.m. Tuesday November 8 $5 entry, donations encouraged Comedian Pat Thornton—one of our favourite Tweeters—is spending this weekend kicking his fundraising into overdrive to prepare for his third annual personal endurance test/comedy show. The […]

Now and Then: Thornton and Lucie Blackburn

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn’s homestead would have stayed undiscovered underneath Inglenook Community High School if Karolyn Smardz Frost did not decide to have volunteers dig. In 1985, Smardz Frost decided to use the schoolyard—of the oldest continually used school building the TDSB owned—as […]

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Whitwell has a really strong lineup of some of Torontoist‘s favourite comics on her weekly Dawn Patrol showcase this week, including Pat Thornton, Sara Hennessey, and Bob Kerr (CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.)

At the End of Pat’s 24 Hours

In the final hours of Pat Thornton’s 24-hour comedy extravaganza, the Comedy Bar’s auditorium smelled like a dorm room after an all-night LAN party—a bouquet of stale, coffee-spiked body odour, and pizza slices, if you want the particulars—and it felt a little like one, too. A revolving collection of spastic, pop culture–themed in-jokes comes off […]

Urban Planner: November 15, 2010

In today’s Urban Planner: Jerry Lewis ain’t got nothing on Pat Thornton, Twitterati gather IRL in support of Movember, lectures at Trampoline Hall (on pandas, brains, and September) and the Blueprint series (on perspective), and a ghost book launch at the (ghost of) Elvis Monday music series.

Hear Stories Spun Outside

With the return of warmer weather, so goes the return of many things Torontonians enjoy doing outside. There is an inside winter edition of Fireside Tales, but few things beat the deep seated appeal of sitting around a fire outside hearing good stories, and this (free!) show manages to replicate that rustic experience, even in […]