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Review: Albee shocker somehow seems tamer in new Soulpepper staging Special

Toronto - The late Edward Albee never stopped shocking audiences, even in his seventies. His Tony-winning 2002 play “The Goat or, Who Is Silvia?”, which takes on bestiality, makes his classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” seem family-friendly.

Review: Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’ makes impressive Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker is the unofficial poet laureate of the millennial generation. Does any other current playwright have such a gift for recreating the way young people really talk – not just in what they say, but in what they don’t?

Review: Hilarity and despair mix well in wonderful new take on ‘Godot’ Special

Toronto - “Waiting for Godot” may be famous as The Play In Which Nothing Happens, but Soulpepper Theatre Company’s new production in Toronto is so alive and emotionally resonant, you’ll come out of it feeling as if you’ve seen everything.

Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ swears by its talented stars Special

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ unites a couple of entertaining guys who have no problem cursing on screen or kicking some butt while making the unlikely transition from enemy to friend.

Review: Second City’s latest mixes good satire with easy applause Special

Toronto - There’s an unfortunate trend I’ve noticed in the last few Second City revues in Toronto: a tendency to pump certain sketches not to get genuine laughs, but for what comics like Tina Fey and Seth Meyers have referred to as “clapter”.

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ in High Park loaded with fast-paced fun Special

Toronto - Now this is what a Shakespeare comedy should be. Canadian Stage’s “Twelfth Night”, which opened last Friday, is so much delirious fun that it will make you forget all the boring academic blather you heard about the Bard in Grade 11 English.

Review: ‘Rough Night’ not so rough for audiences Special

The new R-rated comedy ‘Rough Night’ makes its way into the male-dominated genre with a terrific cast and dead stripper.

Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

Kabul - They are a thorn in the side of abusive Afghan warlords, corrupt policemen and double-dealing politicians, skewering them on television -- with laughter.

Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

Kabul - They are a thorn in the side of abusive Afghan warlords, corrupt policemen and double-dealing politicians, skewering them on television -- with laughter.

Condoms, bribery, warlords: Afghans find truth in comedy

Kabul - They are a thorn in the side of abusive Afghan warlords, corrupt policemen and double-dealing politicians, skewering them on television -- with laughter.

Review: ‘Captain Underpants’ wears a cape of silliness Special

‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ is a fun picture that lets kids’ imaginations run wild with possibilities… and occasional toilet humour.

Manchester comedy club sees humour as best medicine after attack

Manchester - Days after a bomb ripped through the Manchester Arena, locals take their seats at a comedy club where British humour is helping people cope with the aftermath of the terror attack.

Review: ‘Snatched’ doesn’t know how good it could have had it Special

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer are great together in ‘Snatched,’ but the film is sadly forgettable and fails to live up to their awesomeness.

Frenemies make comedy magic in ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ trailer Special

The trailer for ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is a hilarious (and curse-filled) preview of what may be the best new team-up of the year.

‘Baywatch’ trailer knows what the series was really about Special

‘Baywatch’ trailer lives up to Dwayne Johnson’s promise of a dirtier update to the series that still has a lot of laughs.

Review: ‘Going in Style’ has considerable flair Special

‘Going in Style’ is a highly enjoyable comedy featuring three awesomely talented actors benefitting from years of experience.

Review: Robert Lepage’s ‘887’ turns memory into a multimedia masterpiece Special

Toronto - There are a lot of ways you could categorize Robert Lepage’s spellbinding “887” – magic show? Confessional monologue? History lesson? – and none would be wrong. But only by blending these unlikely elements does it become a masterwork.

Interview: Tom Green talks 'Bethany' film, stand-up comedy shows Special

Veteran actor and comedian Tom Green chatted with Digital Journal about his new horror film "Bethany," and his stand-up comedy shows.

Review: Trumpism not the only target in ʻEverything Is Great Again’ Special

Toronto - Given a title like “Everything Is Great Again”, you know Donald Trump’s presidency is taking some shots in the new Toronto Second City show, which opened last night. But as easy a target as he is, the Orange One is surprisingly absent.

Review: ‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a pitch perfect exercise in nostalgia Special

‘T2 Trainspotting’ is a seamless (and in some ways enhanced) extension of the first film, using a sense of nostalgia to link the pictures while relying on everyone’s regard for the characters to do the rest.

Review: ‘Table 19’ needed a better wedding planner Special

‘Table 19’ squanders a great cast by giving them a cliché-riddled script with incomplete characters that share the potential for an even more enjoyable movie.

Interview: Margaret Cho talks Grammy nomination for American Myth Special

Comedian Margaret Cho chatted with Digital Journal about her 2017 Grammy nomination for "Best Comedy Album" for "American Myth."

Op-Ed: Lisa Lampanelli has best stand-up comedy show of 2016

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli has the best stand-up comedy show of 2016. She proves to still be the reigning queen of comedy.

Review: Soulpepper reimagines ʻWonderful Lifeʼ as a postwar radio play Special

Toronto - As with other overexposed holiday classics – “A Christmas Carol”, “The Grinch” and so on – itʼs hard to see “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” in a fresh way. But Philip Grecianʼs stage adaptation tries a unique approach: a live radio play.

Review: Cullen scores the biggest laughs in zany Dickens spoof Special

Toronto - Charles Dickens’ works are so often viewed as boring, stuffy and antiquated these days, many don’t realize that his contemporaries actually saw him as a master of high and low comedy. Old Boz himself might even have enjoyed “Twist Your Dickens”.

Margaret Cho earns fourth Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album Special

Acclaimed comedian Margaret Cho has scored her fourth career Grammy nomination in the "Best Comedy Album" category for "American Myth."

Michael Carbonaro to perform two shows at The Paramount in NY

Huntington - Award-winning magician Michael Carbonaro will be performing two shows at The Paramount in Huntington in January of 2017.

Review: Jim Breuer performs heavy metal and stand-up comedy at Mulcahy's Special

Wantagh - On November 26, comedian Jim Breuer performed a show at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, which consisted of music and comedy.

Review: George F. Walker completes Bobby and Tina cycle on mixed note Special

Toronto - The third entry in a trilogy is often the weakest one. Think of “The Godfather Part III”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Return of the King” – and now, if this rule counts for indie theatre too, add George F. Walker’s “The Damage Done”.

Brexit a godsend for satirists

London - Divisive, chaotic and with implications for almost every aspect of national life, Brexit has been a godsend for political satirists -- giving them a wealth of material -- and audiences desperate for a laugh.
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