A dozen dazzling comedy events to look for this fall in and around London, ON.
After a blazing hot summer, London’s comedy shows hope to follow suit. This fall will see a wide array of comedy shows to make you laugh this season. Without further ado, here are ten comedy shows that you should check out this autumn.
1 – Shut The Front Door Improv Presents: Smear Campaign
London Music Club, Friday, October 12, 8 p.m., $20
Its campaign season in good ole London Ontario, Shut The Front Door has decided to up the rhetoric game with their October show “Smear Campaign”. This is no ordinary campaign though, this one doesn’t involve any lawn signs and the only campaign donations accepted here are for STFD’s new venue.
2 – Western Comedy Club’s Fall Stand Up Show
The Ceeps, November 2, 6 p.m., $5
Having had the opportunity to interview this year’s co-presidents, I’m really looking forward to see what new and fresh ways that this year’s club will try to breathe new life into this traditional artform.
3 – Rodney Ramsey
The Outback Shack (Fanshawe College), October 24, 8 p.m., Free
After a jam packed opening show, Fanshawe keeps the funny rolling with one of Montreal’s funniest comedians in the form of Rodney Ramsey. Opening for him will be Comedy Bar regular Daniel Woodrow and one of Toronto’s fastest rising comics Aliya Kanani. If you can’t make it out on the 24th, Fanshawe’s next comedy show in on November 14 with Trixx as it’s headliner.
4 – RN & Cawls
London Music Club, November 9, 8 p.m., $20
Rob Norman and Adam Cawley make their way from The Backline to The Forest City for their annual engagement with Shut The Front Door Improv. Expect all improvisors to be on top of their game that night because this is a must see.
5 – Derek Seguin
Yuk Yuk’s London (Western Fair District), November 30 and December 1, 8 and 10:30 p.m.
If you missed his kick ass show at the Wolf Performance Hall, Derek Seguin returns to the friendly confines of Yuk Yuk’s London this November. This French-Canadian funny man will leave you rolling in the aisles with his quick wit and his hilarious observations on parenthood.
6 – Western Improv Summit
Western Campus, November 24, 7 p.m.
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Posted by The Western Comedy Club on Monday, September 17, 2018
After a successful first year, The Western Comedy Club invites the best student improvisers from Ontario universities to throw down on an improvised field of battle. As the details of this event come together make sure to check out The Western Comedy Club facebook page for more info.
7 – Jason Rouse
Yuk Yuk’s London (Western Fair District), November 9 and 10, 8 and 10:30 p.m.
If your sense of humour tends to skew a little bit to the darker side, may I suggest you check out Jason Rouse when he opens the gates of hell at Yuk Yuk’s London come the second weekend of November.
8 – Chi Moe Comedy Presents Gilson Lubin
The Rec Room (Masonville Place), October 25, 8 p.m., $10 adv. $15 at the door
If you haven’t caught a show at “The Hall” nestled within The Rec Room may we suggest you check out Gilson Lubin when visits Masonville Place on October 25. This former co-host of MTV Live is one of the best observational comedians that this country has to offer.
9 – Rob Pue
Yuk Yuk’s London, October 12 at 8 p.m. and October 13 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
I’ll often get asked who my favourite Canadian comic is and I’ll unabashedly tell you that it’s Rob Pue. He’s got that affable yet charming stage persona that allows him to weave hysterical observations and hilarious storytelling together seamlessly. In a comedy world that takes itself little too seriously, he reminds us how absurd life really is.
10 – Shawn Majumder
London Music Hall, November 22, 8 p.m., $30
Having recently departed “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”, Shawn Majumder has decided to take the show on the road and return to his stand up roots.
If you’re in the area…
These are a couple of comedy happenings outside of the city that we thought you would like to know about.
Guelph Comedy Festival
Just down the road…
Seeing as London isn’t currently home to a comedy festival those looking to immerse themselves in comedy for a weekend should direct their gaze towards Guelph. Heading into its fifth year, the Guelph Comedy Festival (October 17-20) continues to entertain the masses of the Royal City. This year’s festival includes some of the best talent Canadian comedy has to offer such as: Mark DeBonis, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Adrienne Fish, Ana-Marija Stojic, Michael Moses, Sex T-Rex, The Flirty Boys, The Making Box Brigade, and some mystery sketch troupe yet to be announced.
Jeff Leeson: “Grandma Used To Heckle Me” Comedy Tour
Baden, Blenheim, Fergus, and more.
London crowd work master Jeff Leeson takes his show on the road this fall making stops in towns around the area. Look out for Jeff’s shows at: EJ’s Tavern (Baden, October 27), Blenheim Legion (Blenheim, November 1), Fergus Grand Theatre (Fergus, November 2), and Sawmill Creek Resort (Camlachie, December 14).
Feature photo by Blue November Photography
Pat Tiffin is a LondonFuse Contributor and a Local Comedian.