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Review: ‘Sausage Party’ doesn’t know the meaning of taboo Special

‘Sausage Party’ is as funny, dirty and ridiculous as anyone could have hoped for, as the food brings the fight to shoppers.

Review: Clowns are the stars of campy, frenetic ‘39 Steps’ in Toronto Special

Toronto - Ravi Jain may be one of Toronto’s hottest theatre directors, but he hasn’t forgotten his clowning roots. That’s clear from “The 39 Steps”, in which he turns the classic Alfred Hitchcock film into a crazily entertaining screwball free-for-all.

Review: Emo Philips doesn’t go for easy laughs at Montreal comedy fest Special

Emo Philips delivered a night of thoughtful comedy at Just for Laughs in Montreal, marking his 40th year in the business of making people laugh… eventually.

Review: Just for Laughs has a distinguished British accent Special

Just for Laughs provides equal opportunity to commonwealth countries with the “Brit(ish)” programme at this year’s comedy festival.

Review: Jimmy Carr is a Just for Laughs regular with good reason Special

Performing at Montreal’s Just for Laughs more times than most people can count on two hands, British comedian Jimmy Carr takes the stage for five nights of entirely inappropriate fun.

Review: Fast-paced staging fires up ‘All’s Well’ in Toronto’s High Park Special

Toronto - “All’s Well that Ends Well” is a famous title, but it’s not one of William Shakespeare’s better-known plays. This year, Canadian Stage is tackling this rarely remounted work with a wide comedic onslaught – mostly to its advantage.

Review: New ‘Ghostbusters’ makes us feel good Special

‘Ghostbusters’ is almost a perfect reboot, finding the balance between an updated narrative and paying tribute to its predecessor.

Review: ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ gives the gift of laughter Special

‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ is a raunchy comedy that gives its male and female characters equal opportunity to royally screw up.

Review: Absolutely Fabulous is a summer comedy hit Special

London - After a gap from the television screens, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley bring their cherished comedy to the big screen with ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ — the movie. And, for the most part, it’s pretty funny.

Review: ‘Swiss Army Man’ is the solution to run-of-the-mill comedies Special

‘Swiss Army Man’ is a bizarre yet humorous movie that centres on the friendship of a desperate man and a gaseous corpse.

Review: Chris Hardwick puts on best comedy show of 2016 so far

Huntington - Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick has put on the best comedic solo show of 2016 so far, with his recent performance at The Paramount in New York.

Review: Chris Hardwick terrific at The Paramount in New York Special

Huntington - On June 4, comedian Chris Hardwick performed a stand-up comedy show at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, for a great turnout.

Review: ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ is going diamond for comedy Special

‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ is a hilarious send-up of the music industry and its brightest stars, many of whom also appear in the film.

U.S. comic finds humor in abyss of mental illness

Washington - What on earth could be funny about contemplating suicide? Or suffering from bipolar disorder or OCD?Lots, says American comedian Maria Bamford, who's been there, is still fighting and draws on her ordeal to make people laugh.

Review: ‘The Nice Guys’ have a lot of charm Special

‘The Nice Guys’ is a throwback within a throwback as unlikely partners Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe put on their goofy detective hats to solve a mystery in 1970s L.A.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Review: New Second City T.O. revue takes on Trudeau, Trump and more Special

Toronto - Second City wouldn’t be Second City if it weren’t topical, and the latest revue by the comedy company’s Toronto team is tightly focused on what’s current in both T.O. and Canada: everything from Justin Trudeau to Syrian refugees gets a mention.

Review: Piff the Magic Dragon puts on clever magic show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On March 11, Piff the Magic Dragon performed a comedy magic show at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island. He was joined by his sidekick Mr. Piffles.

Review: 'Big Bang' Star goes for the gold in ‘The Bronze’ — Trailer

Trading in her nerd glasses for a star-spangled leotard, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Melissa Rauch looks flipping funny in the new comedy ‘The Bronze’.

Review: ‘Zoolander 2’ goes retro with mixed results Special

‘Zoolander 2’ is like a radio station that plays all the hits of yesteryear — it can be fun for a little while, but it eventually grows stale.

Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ is a revolving door of problems needing solving Special

The Coen brothers’ latest picture, ‘Hail, Caesar!’, is a silly tribute to traditional Hollywood starring all the usual suspects with a few fresh additions.

Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

Lisa Lampanelli nominated for Grammy, to play Beacon Theatre

"The Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli has been on a roll lately. She is up for a 2016 Grammy award, and she will be playing New York in March.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

Review: ‘Sisters’ not only seducing cops with their charm Special

‘Sisters’ hysterically documents the Ellis siblings’ monster house party that encourages bored parents and professionals to party like it’s 1989.

Conversing with actor, comedian, writer and novelist Justin Sayre Special

The Pennsylvania-born star never has a problem when it comes to keeping busy. If he's not writing for popular sitcom, '2 Broke Girls,' he's publishing novels or making acute observations about society and its many quirks on his variety show 'The Meeting.'

'MadTV' is coming back in January

A look through the history of sketch comedy on television will likely give fans fond memories of FOX's "MadTV." Lucky for these very same fans, the show is making a comeback.

Traumatised by attacks, Parisians seek comic relief

Paris - Laughter is the best medicine for many Parisians seeking solace after the November 13 terror attacks that shattered so many lives.

Review: ‘Love the Coopers’ is smothered in sugary melodrama Special

‘Love the Coopers’ is the latest middling compilation of characters trying to navigate the holidays with their equally dissatisfied family members.

Review: Campy ‘Holmes’ touring production is a little too elementary Special

Toronto - Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.
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