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BIG NEWS ROUND-UP DECEMBER 2011

There’s a lot going on in the world of Toronto comedy. I can’t always cover it all. I know, bogus. Thankfully, there are other news outlets that occasionally cover the local scene. It’s a few days late, but here’s a selection of some of the top comedy news stories from the past month.

Another tough loss for the comedy community in December. Joe Bodolai, accomplished writer and comic mentor took his own life at the age of 63 after a rich career writing for Kids in The Hall, SNL and the first draft of Wayne’s World and his role in launching The Comedy Network. By all accounts he cared deeply about Canadian comedic talent as evidenced by his final blog post, examined here by The Hollywood Reporter. RIP Joe.

Speaking of dying (segues are not my forte), if there’s one thing local funnymakers can learn from the success of Shit Girls Say (read a great interview with the creators at AV Club Toronto here), it’s that if you make one of the best viral videos of the year, it will be over analyzed to death.

In a spirited blog post, local comic Martha O’Neill breaks down the math on why Female Comedians + Not Funny = Wrong x Boring. Here, here!

Bite TV occasionally has some great stuff up on their blog and last month was no exception. They posted a humourous review of The Year in Rob Ford which reminded us that is basically impossible to take a photo of the guy where he doesn’t look like an idiot.

Nick Flanagan speaks with Hannibal Buress for TORO Magazine and the only thing I really learned was how to properly pronounce his last name. But who says you always gots to be learning stuff anyway?

Check out this interview with Ali Hassan about his role in the Russel Peters hockey comedy Breakaway (Actually I’m pretty sure Peters only played a supporting role but I’m basing this description of the film on the ads they ran. Please don’t hurt me a real bad, producers of Breakaway)

And finally here are some interviews from AV Club Toronto with professional wrestler turned stand-up comedian Mick Foley and stand-up comedian turned inner-demon wrestler Kyle Kinane (to my knowledge Kinane is still a stand-up comedian).

Oh and my friend Robert wanted me to post this joke and I thought, why not:

The Maple Leafs Trophy Room was burgled last night and the entire contents were stolen.

The police have asked members of the public to be vigilant and report anybody trying to sell a 40ft square white carpet.

That should do well with a local crowd.

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About Mikey Kolberg

I'm a comedian and a university graduate who couldn't find a job so I started a blog.

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