Archive for Comedy

Segarini – A Funny Man Takes His Leave

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by segarini

Last year, on March 13th, a group of men and women, most of us long in the tooth but younger at heart than most could imagine, gathered in the back of a bar called The Pilot to pay tribute and say goodbye to the very funny, eclectic, and absurdist comedian, Steve Shuster.

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Darrell Vickers – I’ve Seen You’re Fired and I’ve Seen Rain

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by segarini

On balance, being a comedy writer is about as exciting as picking out a good denture cream for your great aunt at the local Albertsons. It consists of countless hours spent sitting alone in a room (much like we all did at our senior prom) and staring at a screen as white as Edgar Winter’s ass. No adoring crowds erupt into deafening acts of rhapsodic approbation, when we triumphantly tap out, “The End” on well-worn keyboards.

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Roxanne Tellier – It Is To Laugh!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2016 by segarini

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In a Salon.com article this week, Steve Almond accused Comedy Central of having “squandered Jon Stewart’s legacy” by appointing South African comedian Trevor Noah as host, over the then-incumbent Samantha Bee.

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Pat Blythe – Toronto’s Mixed Grill – A Scrapbook

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by segarini

 

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It’s 4am on Sunday morning, March 8, and I’ve just arrived home from a long day and night of music hopping….and the damn Queen streetcar short-turned again….and the clocks went forward one hour (OMG it’s really 5am!!)….and I’ve decided to change my tune (so to speak)….and tell you about my “day in the life of….”  rather than have our esteemed editor post the article I’ve already filed.

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Segarini: Robin Williams

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2014 by segarini

Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

THIS is the Robin Williams I remember. THIS is the Robin Williams I will miss. Not the actor, not the slapstick movies or the maudlin heart tuggers, or the serious dramatic turns. THIS is the Robin Williams who went from a street mime in SF to an explosion of wit, terror, truth, and freedom. A man with no brakes, no barriers, and no rules. Back when HBO was a joke, a shitty little tiny cable company, an upstart, Robin Williams was an upstart too…and fueled with the desire to be loved, to entertain, and in possession of a cocaine driven brain of epic ability…to think ahead while still saying what had popped into his head just moments ago. A train off the tracks, a comedy delivery that made the jokes as deadly as shrapnel. THIS is the Robin Williams I lost. Fuck.

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Cameron Carpenter: The ABC’s Of Rock’n’Roll – J is for Just For Laughs

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by segarini

CamI don’t know about the rest of you but I could sure take a break from what is going on in this city (Toronto) and the constant wave of recent passings.

In the sixties and seventies the comedy album was king. Teenage beer drinking parties were not complete without someone slipping on a George Carlin or Monty Python record, while stoners tended to listen to Cheech & Chong. Pot humour just wasn’t for me. Some of the older crowd would listen to National Lampoon or Firesign Theatre records but their humour was a little to advanced for me at that point in my life.

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Guest Columnist Jim Slotek: Canuckleheads 2

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , on April 27, 2012 by segarini

Geoff Pevere is on assignment for CBC Radio and will be posting every other week for the next little while. This week, one of Geoff’s peers, Jim Slotek, shares his own views on Canada’s Current Comedy Standings and Comedy in general.

To paraphrase an old axiom about actors, my erstwhile film reviewing colleague Geoff Pevere could rewrite the phone book, and it would make for interesting reading. But I’m sorry to say I’m not down with his last column.

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