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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.

Review: Intense ‘Breathing Corpses’ shocks, stuns in Canadian debut Special

Toronto - Everybody dies, but how does the cycle of mortality affect those still living? That’s the theme that confronts audiences in British playwright Laura Wade’s uncomfortable 2005 drama, “Breathing Corpses”, which opened in Toronto on Wednesday.

Review: ‘War on Everyone’ is inappropriately hilarious Special

‘War on Everyone’ is a contrary buddy cop comedy in which the duo spend most of their time looking out for themselves at everyone else’s expense.

Review: Steel Panther and friends hit London's Wembley Arena Special

London - Digital Journal went along to this impressively-sized venue in north London, next to the famous Wembley Stadium, to "feel the steel."

Review: Married Toronto comics Baram & Sneickus keep the laughs going Special

Toronto - Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram are two of the funniest comedians in Toronto, if not all of Canada. And if their new sketch revue, “Still Figuring It Out”, seems a tad uneven in spots, there’s still plenty there to keep your funny bone occupied.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘The Women’s Balcony’ has a great sense of humour Special

‘The Women’s Balcony’ is a humorous, feminist narrative about finding the right path to happiness and the subjectivity of righteousness.

Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ still able to balance relatable & absurd Special

‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ brings everyone’s favourite imperfect woman back to the big screen, but this time Bridget’s problems are a little more concrete than spending her birthday alone.

Review: TIFF 2016: ‘Catfight’ wrestles its way to the comedic top Special

‘Catfight’ is a hilarious movie about two women who literally and repeatedly try to beat each other to death following a chance post-college reunion. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Review: Latest Second City Toronto revue tackles some thorny issues Special

Toronto - Second City rarely shies from controversial topics, but the Toronto comedy company’s new revue, “Come What Mayhem!”, seems to have thorny social issues as its mission. Terrorism, racism, rape culture, bullies – a lot of boxes get checked off.

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.
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