As a seasoned humorist (or so I like to think), I can attest that live comedy is a force to be reckoned with. It’s a chance to experience the raw, unfiltered energy of performers who feed off the audience’s laughter and reactions. And one of the best places to witness this magic is the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival running March 8 to 19 in various venues across the city.
I’ve attended this event several times, and each time I leave with aching abs and a renewed appreciation for the power of laughter. The festival showcases some of the best and brightest comedic minds, from up-and-coming newcomers to seasoned veterans.
One standout performer that I had the pleasure of seeing before is Hillary Yaas. Her sharp wit and impeccable timing left the audience in stitches. Yaas’s ability to blend physical humor with clever wordplay was a true testament to her talent.
Another performer that has had me in tears (the good kind) was John Blair. His quirky, off-beat humor was a refreshing departure from the usual stand-up routine. Blair’s ability to weave absurd scenarios into relatable situations had the audience in stitches.
All performers and schedules can be found here https://torontosketchfest.com/2023-festival/#/
But beyond the individual performances, the festival as a whole is an experience in itself. The energy of the crowd is infectious, and there’s a sense of camaraderie that comes from laughing alongside complete strangers. The atmosphere is electric, and you can’t help but feel like you’re a part of something special.
Live comedy is a chance to let loose, forget your worries, and just have a good time. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there’s still something to laugh about. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a performance as stellar as those of Hillary Yaas and John Blair, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve hit the comedic jackpot. So, grab a friend (or ten) and head to the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – your funny bone will thank you.
Cover photo grid with TOsketchfest23 artists Ajahnis Charley, Big Chick Energy, Hillary Yaas, Banzo and Blair, Gay for Pay with Blake and Clay, Chelsea Larkin, Not Oasis, and Acuña Acuna