You have likely heard of Just For Laughs, the Montreal-based comedy festival that is often featured on the CBC. While Toronto cannot compete with juste pour rire, the Six definately has our share of solid comedy clubs, for both amateur and professionals. Whether you are looking at crafting your own stand up routine-or looking for a fun night out-this page will give you the scoop on our local comedy scene, a central element of Canadian Culture.
Bad Dog Comedy Theatre
In 2003, three friends (Kerry Griffin, Marcel St. Pierre & Ralph MacLeod) – hot off a game-changing improv road trip – decided that improv needed a dedicated, full-time, pedal-to-the-metal home in this city.
And so, building on the 20-year tradition of Theatresports Toronto (est. 1983), the Bad Dog Theatre Company was born… and with it, an honest-to-goodness bricks-and-mortar theatre space, 138 Danforth Ave, dedicated exclusively to unscripted performance. Cue a decade of excellent, affordable classes; critically acclaimed and award-nominated unscripted comedy revues; signature improvised parodies and genre send-ups; boundary-pushing experimental formats; festivals, first-times, foolishness, fun … and most of all, the most fantastic, supportive creative community you could ever hope to find!
Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Toronto
There are quite a few other options in the city. Some have changed locations during the pandemic, with the listing being updated as of December 2022. Not all of these places are explicit comedy clubs, with some offering quality open mic nights. Some of the best comedy that I have ever heard has been from amateurs, unsure of how their material would be recieved. In fact, you might end up seeing a future superstar! I mean, how many people went on from Second City to have successful careers in Hollywood?