As far as finale months go, this one isn’t bad.
In all my years doing comedy, I haven’t seen a month as stacked as the one we have coming up in May. There is truly something for every different funny bone this city has to offer.
May 4th & 5th, Yuk Yuk’s London, 8 PM
May’s first weekend might start Yuk Yuk’s reduced summer schedule but there will definitely be an uptick in the amount of laughter. Your headliner for the weekend is one of Canadian comedy’s most genuine articles as well as being one of it’s true gems: the incomparable Jeff McEnery.
His set is deftly written and honestly hilarious. It’s one of those shows that I’d suggest that everybody should check out.
May 10th, Wolf Performance Hall, 7:30 PM
To be successful on CBC’s The Debaters, you have to be even parts charming and well written in your arguments. As one of The Debaters most winningest comics ever, Derek Seguin seamlessly combines both of those qualities.
He brings his “43.0 Comedy Tour” to the friendly confines of the Wolf Performance Hall. The show tackles subjects such as being a Quebecois father now a days, having a girlfriend that doesn’t have any children, and living in this fast ever changing world.
May 15th, Wolf Performance Hall, 8 PM
Speaking of comedians that are synonymous with appearing on CBC’s The Debaters, Deanne Smith will be bringing her comic talents to the Forest City on May 15. If your sense of humour tends to trend towards the more scathing and cutting side of things then this is the show for you.
This show promises to be both brutally honest and gut-bustlingly funny.
May 17th, London Music Hall, 7 PM
While we’re on the subject of being brutally honest, a couple days later at London Music Hall, Doug Stanhope will bring what promises to be a rowdy and raucus show to our downtown core.
Expect the unexpected, expect to get your minds expanded, and most of all expect to laugh a lot. Doug Stanhope is one of North America’s most thought provoking comics and should be on anybody’s comedy bucket list.
May 18th, Centennial Hall, 7 & 10 PM
If you thought that it was a whirlwind of hilarity up till this point, may we add the cherry to the top of this funny sundae. Jim Jefferies will be gracing our fair city on May 18. This Australian comedy dynamo brings that perfect blend of dirty, quick wittedness, and astute observations that a lot of Londoners are craving.
May 27th, Grand Theatre, 7:30 PM
Gerry Dee rounds out this hectic month of hilarity. If you haven’t had a chance to see him on the CBC or live in person. You have to do so, if only for some of his hilarious stories from back when he was a teacher.
May 11th, London Music Club, 8 PM
As per tradition, May brings the final Shut The Front Door show for the season and it’s annual check presentation to it’s charity of choice which for the second straight season was Stevenson Children’s Camp.
Unlike previous years, they’re getting the whole Shut The Front Door Improv family together for this season’s finale blowout. You’ll not only have improvisers from the Shut The Front Door main stage troupe but also improvisers from both Off The Hinges and Hard To Handle as well.
Pat Tiffin is a local stand up comic and LondonFuse contributor.
Feature Photo Provided By: Keith Tomasek
Have a funny summer and we’ll see you in September!