Stand-up comedian Amanda Day battles for top spot in Your Hoods a Joke at the Comedy Bar

News Dec 01, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Comedian Amanda Day has been doing stand-up for about eight years and yet, despite the many compliments from family and friends, she says she’s pretty sure her mother would rather she had picked another career.

“My mom wrings her hands,” the Bloordale resident told The Villager. “I think she’d prefer I’d become a lawyer.”

A graduate of Humber College’s comedy writing and performance program, Day will be performing as part of the Toronto Comedy All-Stars East Vs. West Comedy Battle called ‘Your Hoods a Joke’ Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Comedy Bar. This comic combat promises to determine which side of Yonge Street is funnier.

Day takes the stage against local comedians who are regularly featured on MTV, The Comedy Network, Just for Laughs and more, like Danish Anwar, a Tim Sims Award finalist, Ryan Dillon, a BiteTV Award winner and Mark Debonis, a Great Canadian Laugh Off winner. She, alongside comic Dom Pare, a Border City Comedy Competition winner, will fight for comedic supremacy.

Day, a Toronto native, describes her comedy style as “a little bit silly, pretty dirty.”

“It’s pretty smart and pretty sexy,” she said.

Every time she takes the stage, there’s “an addictive quality.”

Day says she loves the immediate gratification. In the first two years of stand-up comedy, Day said she had to fight a lot of nerves. Now, the butterflies aren’t so strong, but it’s all part of comedy’s appeal, she said.

So far, the comic hasn’t ventured much beyond performing throughout Toronto. Toronto audiences, Day said, can be a little standoffish.

“It seems like people are more interested in the personal stuff not punch lines and hack material,” she said. “They want comedians to talk more about yourself, what’s going on in your brain.”

When asked what she thought made a person a good comedian, Day said thick skin and confidence.

“You have to have the love for it; you have to project a kind of confidence on stage that makes the audience think you’re not going to fall apart.”

It helps too, if you’ve got a good sense of what you think is funny, an ability to read the audience, she added.

Day said right now, she’s drawing on her online dating experience. She also writes a blog about it.

To find out more about Day, visit her website amandaday.net

For further details about the show, visit torontocomedyallstars.com

Stand-up comedian Amanda Day battles for top spot in Your Hoods a Joke at the Comedy Bar

News Dec 01, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Comedian Amanda Day has been doing stand-up for about eight years and yet, despite the many compliments from family and friends, she says she’s pretty sure her mother would rather she had picked another career.

“My mom wrings her hands,” the Bloordale resident told The Villager. “I think she’d prefer I’d become a lawyer.”

A graduate of Humber College’s comedy writing and performance program, Day will be performing as part of the Toronto Comedy All-Stars East Vs. West Comedy Battle called ‘Your Hoods a Joke’ Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Comedy Bar. This comic combat promises to determine which side of Yonge Street is funnier.

Day takes the stage against local comedians who are regularly featured on MTV, The Comedy Network, Just for Laughs and more, like Danish Anwar, a Tim Sims Award finalist, Ryan Dillon, a BiteTV Award winner and Mark Debonis, a Great Canadian Laugh Off winner. She, alongside comic Dom Pare, a Border City Comedy Competition winner, will fight for comedic supremacy.

Day, a Toronto native, describes her comedy style as “a little bit silly, pretty dirty.”

“It’s pretty smart and pretty sexy,” she said.

Every time she takes the stage, there’s “an addictive quality.”

Day says she loves the immediate gratification. In the first two years of stand-up comedy, Day said she had to fight a lot of nerves. Now, the butterflies aren’t so strong, but it’s all part of comedy’s appeal, she said.

So far, the comic hasn’t ventured much beyond performing throughout Toronto. Toronto audiences, Day said, can be a little standoffish.

“It seems like people are more interested in the personal stuff not punch lines and hack material,” she said. “They want comedians to talk more about yourself, what’s going on in your brain.”

When asked what she thought made a person a good comedian, Day said thick skin and confidence.

“You have to have the love for it; you have to project a kind of confidence on stage that makes the audience think you’re not going to fall apart.”

It helps too, if you’ve got a good sense of what you think is funny, an ability to read the audience, she added.

Day said right now, she’s drawing on her online dating experience. She also writes a blog about it.

To find out more about Day, visit her website amandaday.net

For further details about the show, visit torontocomedyallstars.com

Stand-up comedian Amanda Day battles for top spot in Your Hoods a Joke at the Comedy Bar

News Dec 01, 2014 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Comedian Amanda Day has been doing stand-up for about eight years and yet, despite the many compliments from family and friends, she says she’s pretty sure her mother would rather she had picked another career.

“My mom wrings her hands,” the Bloordale resident told The Villager. “I think she’d prefer I’d become a lawyer.”

A graduate of Humber College’s comedy writing and performance program, Day will be performing as part of the Toronto Comedy All-Stars East Vs. West Comedy Battle called ‘Your Hoods a Joke’ Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Comedy Bar. This comic combat promises to determine which side of Yonge Street is funnier.

Day takes the stage against local comedians who are regularly featured on MTV, The Comedy Network, Just for Laughs and more, like Danish Anwar, a Tim Sims Award finalist, Ryan Dillon, a BiteTV Award winner and Mark Debonis, a Great Canadian Laugh Off winner. She, alongside comic Dom Pare, a Border City Comedy Competition winner, will fight for comedic supremacy.

Day, a Toronto native, describes her comedy style as “a little bit silly, pretty dirty.”

“It’s pretty smart and pretty sexy,” she said.

Every time she takes the stage, there’s “an addictive quality.”

Day says she loves the immediate gratification. In the first two years of stand-up comedy, Day said she had to fight a lot of nerves. Now, the butterflies aren’t so strong, but it’s all part of comedy’s appeal, she said.

So far, the comic hasn’t ventured much beyond performing throughout Toronto. Toronto audiences, Day said, can be a little standoffish.

“It seems like people are more interested in the personal stuff not punch lines and hack material,” she said. “They want comedians to talk more about yourself, what’s going on in your brain.”

When asked what she thought made a person a good comedian, Day said thick skin and confidence.

“You have to have the love for it; you have to project a kind of confidence on stage that makes the audience think you’re not going to fall apart.”

It helps too, if you’ve got a good sense of what you think is funny, an ability to read the audience, she added.

Day said right now, she’s drawing on her online dating experience. She also writes a blog about it.

To find out more about Day, visit her website amandaday.net

For further details about the show, visit torontocomedyallstars.com