Dinner and Laughs – The Time Machete at Comedy Bar

I saw a very funny comedy show on April 9th, organized and hosted by my sister’s boyfriend Alex. It was called “The Time Machete” and was held at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West. My friends Julie and Nyla came too.

First, we had dinner at a place near the club called Wenona Craft Beer Lodge.

There, we were greeted with charming rustic camp decor, and the comforting aroma of a campfire, thanks to the house specialty, smoked bbq provided by Pitmaster, Jason Rees of Pork Ninjas.

They offer a wide choice of locally crafted beers, which they rotate daily on their ten taps — I had a glass of Ransack the Universe IPA.

To eat, I had a bbq sandwich, which was delicious.

↑ I’m not really into hockey, but there was no way of avoiding knowing that the Toronto Maple Leafs were doing better this year than they have in a very long time, so the city had hockey fever and games were televised pretty well everywhere there was a television. (In case you’re wondering, that is over now as they lost the first round of the playoffs. As far as I could tell though, it was a very exciting time for the fans.) ↑

Walking to Comedy Club after dinner, Bloor Street West near Ossington Avenue, (I once lived in and loved this neighbourhood so was feeling a bit nostalgic being there) ….

Of course, my sister Camille was there, so she and Julie got to meet for the first time. Ours is a “ricochet friendship” — Camille met Nyla and then introduced us, then I met Julie at one of Nyla’s poetry shows, and now Camille and Julie have met, closing the loop of four friends who have ricocheted one to the other!

This was the third “Time Machete” show, however the first that I’ve been able to see, so I was excited. The series is described as “a surrealist comedy variety show featuring weird stand-up, strange sketch, and unusual improv.”

The comedians were …

Todd Graham (Just For Laughs, Apocalypse Pooh) ↑

Jon Pham McCurley (Life Of A Craphead) ↑

Kat Letwin (Northwest Passage (Vancouver/Toronto/Montreal Sketchfest, Chasse Galerie, and Soulpepper), and Kristie Gunter (Second City) ↑

Rahil Shaikh (not the cricket player)! ↑

Kathleen Phillips-Locke (Sunnyside, Mr. D, Filth City) ↑

↑ In addition to putting the whole thing together, Alex, (assisted by Camille as Producer), performed a number of his original humorous songs between the acts. He did that from the sound board which was completely in the dark, so I couldn’t get a good picture of him in action, but here’s one after the show. ↑

It was very funny and a really good time! Time Machete will be a regular show, held once a month on a Sunday evening The Comedy Bar.

I hope you’re having a good week. Spring has sprung here!
xo loulou