Toronto neighbourhood comedians lock horns in Your Hood’s a Joke comedy battle

News Sep 04, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

It’s a good old battle between neighbourhoods as some of the best comedians around Toronto stand off and defend their local hoods for bragging rights.

Your Hood’s a Joke — the first event of its kind presented by the Toronto Comedy All-Stars (TCAS) kicks off Thursday Sept. 4, at the Comedy Bar as the Scarborough Brap Braps take on the High Park Magic Shrooms.

At the forefront of the production, Danish Anwar, a Toronto-based comedian and producer of TCAS immediately discovered the abundant of talents in Toronto.

“There are hundreds of talented comics in the GTA. I have been producing shows for some time now and if you are a comedian trying to make it in Canada, then you come to Toronto, it’s the centre of entertainment,” he said.

Anwar, noticing the quality of comedy in GTA, saw it as an opportunity to produce and create platforms for rising stars—meticulously crafting shows with success.

Characterized as having political edge, Anwar with Indian and Bengali roots grew up in Soviet Russia until he was 10, having lived in several other countries before landing on Canadian soil.

The upcoming show this week will see the east-side of the city take on the west.

On board with the Scarborough Brap Braps, Monty Scott has been performing for nine years.

“Sometimes it’s these type of shows that capture the imagination helping display the quality of the comics that are living in Toronto.”

Coming from a Scottish and Guyanese background Scott says growing up in a diverse neighbourhood has rubbed off on him influencing his style of comedy.

“There are a lot of comics coming from Scarborough and I think the multiculturalism here has something to do with that.” On the west-side, Allison Dore representing the High Park Magic Shrooms has been in the biz for 12 years and was inspired by her brother Jon Dore —a successful comic based in Los Angeles.

“My brother kept bugging me to get into comedy…now I’ve become the Steven Baldwin of the family while he’s Alec Baldwin.”

Both Scott and Dore grew up as comedy fans praising Eddie Murphy’s Delirious as one of their influences.

“It was totally inappropriate, but I was seven when I first saw Delirious,” Dore said. “I’ve been inspired by a lot of black male comedians which is strange since I’m a super white chic.”

Anwar says with the high number of quality comics in the city the idea of putting one neighbourhood against another was easy.

The event will have a three-act structure: an opening act, a middle act and a headliner for each neighbourhood.

Judges will reward points to each act tallying up the totals to determine which neighbourhood comes up on top.

Other comics performing Thursday, Sept. 4 are Nicholas Reynoldson and Moe Ismail of Scarborough and All Valius and Wojtek Arciszewski of High Park.

More neighbourhoods are scheduled to lock horns as the October show will see the Leslieville Strollerdemons face off against the Liberty Village Royal Pains.

For more information about upcoming shows and to see where your neighbourhood ranks please visit torontocomedyallstars.com

Toronto neighbourhood comedians lock horns in Your Hood’s a Joke comedy battle

First up is Scarborough versus High Park

News Sep 04, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

It’s a good old battle between neighbourhoods as some of the best comedians around Toronto stand off and defend their local hoods for bragging rights.

Your Hood’s a Joke — the first event of its kind presented by the Toronto Comedy All-Stars (TCAS) kicks off Thursday Sept. 4, at the Comedy Bar as the Scarborough Brap Braps take on the High Park Magic Shrooms.

At the forefront of the production, Danish Anwar, a Toronto-based comedian and producer of TCAS immediately discovered the abundant of talents in Toronto.

“There are hundreds of talented comics in the GTA. I have been producing shows for some time now and if you are a comedian trying to make it in Canada, then you come to Toronto, it’s the centre of entertainment,” he said.

Anwar, noticing the quality of comedy in GTA, saw it as an opportunity to produce and create platforms for rising stars—meticulously crafting shows with success.

Characterized as having political edge, Anwar with Indian and Bengali roots grew up in Soviet Russia until he was 10, having lived in several other countries before landing on Canadian soil.

The upcoming show this week will see the east-side of the city take on the west.

On board with the Scarborough Brap Braps, Monty Scott has been performing for nine years.

“Sometimes it’s these type of shows that capture the imagination helping display the quality of the comics that are living in Toronto.”

Coming from a Scottish and Guyanese background Scott says growing up in a diverse neighbourhood has rubbed off on him influencing his style of comedy.

“There are a lot of comics coming from Scarborough and I think the multiculturalism here has something to do with that.” On the west-side, Allison Dore representing the High Park Magic Shrooms has been in the biz for 12 years and was inspired by her brother Jon Dore —a successful comic based in Los Angeles.

“My brother kept bugging me to get into comedy…now I’ve become the Steven Baldwin of the family while he’s Alec Baldwin.”

Both Scott and Dore grew up as comedy fans praising Eddie Murphy’s Delirious as one of their influences.

“It was totally inappropriate, but I was seven when I first saw Delirious,” Dore said. “I’ve been inspired by a lot of black male comedians which is strange since I’m a super white chic.”

Anwar says with the high number of quality comics in the city the idea of putting one neighbourhood against another was easy.

The event will have a three-act structure: an opening act, a middle act and a headliner for each neighbourhood.

Judges will reward points to each act tallying up the totals to determine which neighbourhood comes up on top.

Other comics performing Thursday, Sept. 4 are Nicholas Reynoldson and Moe Ismail of Scarborough and All Valius and Wojtek Arciszewski of High Park.

More neighbourhoods are scheduled to lock horns as the October show will see the Leslieville Strollerdemons face off against the Liberty Village Royal Pains.

For more information about upcoming shows and to see where your neighbourhood ranks please visit torontocomedyallstars.com

Toronto neighbourhood comedians lock horns in Your Hood’s a Joke comedy battle

First up is Scarborough versus High Park

News Sep 04, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

It’s a good old battle between neighbourhoods as some of the best comedians around Toronto stand off and defend their local hoods for bragging rights.

Your Hood’s a Joke — the first event of its kind presented by the Toronto Comedy All-Stars (TCAS) kicks off Thursday Sept. 4, at the Comedy Bar as the Scarborough Brap Braps take on the High Park Magic Shrooms.

At the forefront of the production, Danish Anwar, a Toronto-based comedian and producer of TCAS immediately discovered the abundant of talents in Toronto.

“There are hundreds of talented comics in the GTA. I have been producing shows for some time now and if you are a comedian trying to make it in Canada, then you come to Toronto, it’s the centre of entertainment,” he said.

Anwar, noticing the quality of comedy in GTA, saw it as an opportunity to produce and create platforms for rising stars—meticulously crafting shows with success.

Characterized as having political edge, Anwar with Indian and Bengali roots grew up in Soviet Russia until he was 10, having lived in several other countries before landing on Canadian soil.

The upcoming show this week will see the east-side of the city take on the west.

On board with the Scarborough Brap Braps, Monty Scott has been performing for nine years.

“Sometimes it’s these type of shows that capture the imagination helping display the quality of the comics that are living in Toronto.”

Coming from a Scottish and Guyanese background Scott says growing up in a diverse neighbourhood has rubbed off on him influencing his style of comedy.

“There are a lot of comics coming from Scarborough and I think the multiculturalism here has something to do with that.” On the west-side, Allison Dore representing the High Park Magic Shrooms has been in the biz for 12 years and was inspired by her brother Jon Dore —a successful comic based in Los Angeles.

“My brother kept bugging me to get into comedy…now I’ve become the Steven Baldwin of the family while he’s Alec Baldwin.”

Both Scott and Dore grew up as comedy fans praising Eddie Murphy’s Delirious as one of their influences.

“It was totally inappropriate, but I was seven when I first saw Delirious,” Dore said. “I’ve been inspired by a lot of black male comedians which is strange since I’m a super white chic.”

Anwar says with the high number of quality comics in the city the idea of putting one neighbourhood against another was easy.

The event will have a three-act structure: an opening act, a middle act and a headliner for each neighbourhood.

Judges will reward points to each act tallying up the totals to determine which neighbourhood comes up on top.

Other comics performing Thursday, Sept. 4 are Nicholas Reynoldson and Moe Ismail of Scarborough and All Valius and Wojtek Arciszewski of High Park.

More neighbourhoods are scheduled to lock horns as the October show will see the Leslieville Strollerdemons face off against the Liberty Village Royal Pains.

For more information about upcoming shows and to see where your neighbourhood ranks please visit torontocomedyallstars.com