So that just happened….2 weekends of laughter courtesy of the first annual Danforth Comedy Festival. Five nights of humour across three venues along Toronto’s legendary Danforth Ave or Greektown as most people know it. This weekend is Taste of the Danforth food festival and many of last night’s audience arrived after enjoying tasty Greek treats…so full tummies are happy tummies and the near-capacity audience at The Don on Danforth theatre (near Main St subway) worked off the calories by laughing hard in their seats.
The show got off to an amazing start when tiny perfect MC Angelina Maiorano-Thurston (pictured below) bounced on stage. Her diminutive size disguises her BIG presence and salty sense of humour. Her high-pitched voice was perfect for delivering some pretty naughty commentary and spritzing with the audience.The first comic in the night’s line-up was Anthony Englebrecht who got to know the audience with shout outs to various people sitting in the front rows. He also shared stories of dating and romance and how well (or not) he does when chatting up the ladies, many of whom in the audience seemed to respond to him! Their dates were laughing along, obviously relating to his romance insights.Next up was Luke Lynndale, not just an accomplished stand-up comic but also the Founder and producer of the Festival. He shared his stories about how he proposed to his wife after several interrupted attempts, and his two recent colonoscopies. The audience was writhing in hysterics as well as the discomfort of the surgical procedures!Angelina then intro’d the fabulous Frank Spadone (below) who took the stage with high energy and a big cheer from the crowd – Frank must have brought his entire family! He launched into tales of his wife’s evening ablutions and how she plans for vacations and hotel bookings. He ended his set with hilarious insights into his aged Italian nona’s (grandma’s) family relationships and behaviour. Made me wish I had a nona, too!Then Angelina announced the final comedian for the night, Sean Cullen. Most Canadian comedy fans know that name – Sean is a triple Gemini & Canadian Comedy Award winner and has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’s The Late Late Show. He also has several TV specials including Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Now and was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.So that was it…good night, go home!Congrats to Luke and his team of Festival volunteers- I’m sure he’s already planning next year’s Festival….see you then.
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