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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
9:29 pm
[duhbigman]
THIS SUNDAY:


A one-hour Second City revue full of manly, manly (and some not-so-manly) comedy sketches.

Starring:
Yitzi Gal, Lara Johnson, Chris Leveille, Matt Nadeau, Chris Wakelin and Carolyn Williamson.

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011
11:02 am
[duhbigman]
STARTING THIS WEEK!


A show about trash, psychiatry, love, anger, political correctness... and bad poetry.

What happens when a famous TV grouch (no names mentioned) is ordered to attend psychiatric counselling after a violent altercation with another cast member? This irreverent one-man show reveals the hidden depths behind an iconic pop-culture character (his childhood, his youthful ambitions) and shows how even the grouchiest of us have feelings too. More info here.

Coming to Bread and Circus (Kensington Market), after a successful run at last year's Bad Dog Theatre Short Play Festival.
With special opening act: sketch comedy by Uncle Mao and the Red Star Review -- in their last-ever performance.

Tickets can be reserved at (416) 925-8898 or info@breadandcircus.ca

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
10:05 am
[stevetassie]
See Steve Tassie headline Stand-Up(stairs) at the Black Swan
The wheels are in motion. The venue has been booked, the acts are lining up. The laughter will be epic. Lesbian dream sequence possible, but not guaranteed.

On the bill so far: Queen of Quirky Canadian comedy, Nikki Payne, Steve "the only guy to beat Steve Tassie in the Funniest Person with a Day Job Competition" Scholtz, Video on Trial's Nick Beaton and your host Todd van Allen! With headliner, yours truly, Steve Tassie.

Stand-Up(stairs) @ the Black Swan is coming.
Monday, March 14th @ 10pm
PWYC
The Black Swan Pub
154 Danforth Ave Toronto (at Broadview Station)
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
11:29 pm
[duhbigman]
COMING SOON TO THE BREAD AND CIRCUS THEATRE:


A show about trash, psychiatry, love, anger, political correctness... and bad poetry.

What happens when a famous TV grouch (no names mentioned) is ordered to attend psychiatric counselling after a violent altercation with another cast member? This irreverent one-man show reveals the hidden depths behind an iconic pop-culture character (his childhood, his youthful ambitions) and shows how even the grouchiest of us have feelings too. More info here.

Coming to Bread and Circus (Kensington Market), after a successful run at last year's Bad Dog Theatre Short Play Festival.
With special opening act: sketch comedy by Uncle Mao and the Red Star Review!

Click here for a silly promo videoCollapse )

Tickets can be reserved at (416) 925-8898 or info@breadandcircus.ca

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Saturday, July 24th, 2010
2:03 am
[duhbigman]
THIS WEEK!
Opening night this Monday, at Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue) as part of its Short Play Festival:



What happens when a famous TV grouch (no names mentioned) is ordered to attend psychiatric counselling after a violent altercation with another cast member? This irreverent new one-man show reveals the hidden depths behind an iconic pop-culture character (his childhood, his youthful ambitions) and shows how even the grouchiest of us have feelings too. More info here.

Monday, July 26: 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 29: 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 30: 8:00 p.m.


Tickets $12 (or $10 for Bad Dog members), from BadDogTheatre.com. Tickets can be reserved at (416) 491-3115.

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Jeff Cottrill
DEVELOPED AND DRAMATURGED BY Dennie Theodore
DIRECTED BY Jason Morneau

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Click here to see the festival posterCollapse )
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
9:35 am
[littlehoudini]
Love, Saskatchewan at HarbourFront this weekend...
Some comedy going on at HarbourFront this weekend, including:

General Fools Improv Performance & Workshop: July 24 | 2pm

Dez Reed Comedy Workshop: July 24 | 4:15pm

Comedy Night with Dez Reed, York Underwood, Myles Morrison and General Fools Improvisational Theatre: July 24, 2010 | 11pm

More info here:

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes/festivals.cfm?festival_id=58

(Scroll through the whole list to get to the items I noted - all events are FREE.)
Monday, July 12th, 2010
10:37 am
[duhbigman]
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
6:09 pm
[stevetassie]
Pirate Comedy Variety Show
I am proud to announce that I am co-hosting and co-producing a pirate-themed comedy variety show, "A Night of Rogering." The show will be hosted and emceed by the Plunder Monkeys, my two-man comedy/irresponsible shenanigans act, and will include a magic & fire eating performance by Zoltan the Adequate as well as sword play, sexy dancing girls and a best pirate costume contest.

When: Wednesday October 29th (two days before Halloween)
Time: Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9:00pm
Where: The Rivoli's back room, 332 Queen St. W., Toronto
How Much: Tickets are $17 at the door or $15 in advance (or $15 at the door if you show up in pirate costume but seating is limited, so we recommend booking ahead)
How To Get Tickets: Order your seats at www.jollyrogering.ca or take a chance and show up at the Riv on the day.

Be there or get keel hauled!
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
8:00 am
[stevetassie]
Comedy Show Tonight
I have a show tonight.
I'll be doing a 15 minute set at the Third Banana Comedy Show @ Soma Restaurant & Lounge (703 Queen St. E. Toronto)
The show starts at 8:30 and cost is $10.
Hope to see you there.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
10:39 am
[stevetassie]
Show reminder
Hi everyone,
I'll be playing the Rivoli tomorrow night. Show starts at 9pm and I'm on pretty early in the show. There are some other very funny people on the bill (Deb diGiovani, Tim Steeves & Alex Nussbaum to name just a few), so you'll be in for a good time. PWYC

I'm also at the Corktown Comedy Show at Betty's Bar on Wednesday night. Show starts at 8:30 and it's free.

The Rivoli is at Queen W. & Spadina. Betty's is at King E. & Sherbourne

I'm going out on a limb and doing all new material at these shows, so you'll see lots of stuff you won't ever have seen me do.

Hope to see you at one or the other.
Steve
Saturday, March 24th, 2007
11:07 am
[stevetassie]
Espozas Desperadas
According to the CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Oddities/070323/K032321AU.html) a Brazilian housewife was just convicted of killing her retired police officer husband, cutting him into over a hundred pieces and frying them on her stove.
(BEAT) Remind me never to go to a pot luck supper in Brazil.
The case first came into the public eye when camera crews from the Brazilian versions of Cops and Desperate Housewives collided at the same address.
Neighbours became worried about the fate of Officer Soares and called authorities when they woke up one morning convinced they smelled bacon.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
10:16 am
[stevetassie]
Show tonight in Toronto!
I will be at the Laugh Resort tonight. 8:30pm

Also, I will be at the Rivoli on Monday, April 9th. Show time is 9:00pm and it's a pay what you can show.
9:59 am
[stevetassie]
What's that, Lassie? You're in the witness protection program?
According to this article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6478235.stm) at the BBC, Malaysian mobsters have put a hit on two police dogs whose highly trained noses recently sniffed out $3 million in pirated DVDs. (BEAT) These gangsters must not actually watch the movies they're pirating, because if they did, they'd know that you can kill as many people as you want, but you kill ONE DOG and you have lost your audience!
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
10:57 am
[stevetassie]
Procter & Gamble not in league with Satan
According to this article (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6471373.stm), Procter & Gamble is not in league with the devil. I don't have a joke here, it just blows my mind that it took twelve years and $19,000,000.00 so that we could all say "Procter & Gamble is not in league with the devil" with certainty.
Wow. I know I'll sleep better.
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
12:59 pm
[stevetassie]
I seem to be the only one posting...
That's okay, I guess, as long as someone out there is reading. Here's a bit I wrote the other day about Montreal and an experience there. Let me know what you think.

I love Montreal. I lived there for a little while, but je ne parle pas francais. I took French for 12 years in the Toronto school system, so that means I can pretty much say "Je ne parle pas francais."
I actually proposed to my wife in Montreal. To celebrate, we decided to spend the day speaking French... and that's when I realized that je ne parle pas francais. We did really well until brunch. We went to a restaurant and got a table on the patio,<i>en francais</i>. I managed to order an omelette, <i>en francais</i> and it was while my wife was ordering her meal that the waiter asked a question, <i>en francais</i>. He must have seen the panicked expressions cross our faces because without skipping a beat, he asked, in English, "Bagel or toast?"
Busted by toast. <i>En francais</i>.
Monday, February 26th, 2007
12:45 pm
[stevetassie]
Post-show report on the Laugh Resort.
I have very mixed emotions about this show and I'm torn as to what to say about certain aspects of it.

Big thank you to all those of you who made it out despite the heavy snow and the Oscars, I wish the show had been more worth your time and effort. I've said it before, live comedy is a gamble. Unfortunately I think tonight was, for the most part  a losing bet. Not for me, but for some people in the crowd. I had a very good show. The audience wasn't with me for 100% of my set but Hock Shop and Soapium were the only two bits that didn't perform as well as I expected. Soapium did well, just not great. Hock Shop fell very flat. Other than that my set was very well received. I loved doing 10 minutes. I felt very relaxed up there because I didn't feel the need to rush to the punchlines and I was able to some bits that aren't great belly laugh jokes, but stuff that makes the audience think a bit.

The club has booked me again for March 22nd. It's a Thursday.

I haven't watched the tape yet, so I don't have a full analysis, but after listening to my set I noticed I still have the habit of sighing after a joke that doesn't get the response I wanted. I've stopped saying "Umm, yeah, ahhh." after flops, so that's progress, but I have to work on the sighing.

Later that day: I just watched the video and have figured out why Hock Shop fell flat. I completely omitted the main punchline of the joke. What a bone head am I! I can see that I still need to work on my weight (hopefully the laps I swam in the pool just now will cancel the Ruffles I had for breakfast) and I really do need to work on my foot work. My voice was very relaxed. I did all the things I wanted to do vocally, but my feet and hands are still a little spazzy. I need to get them under control.

As for the rest of the show, I heard a few very good lines, but on the whole didn't hear a lot that made me laugh out loud. I talked with the seven family and friends I had in the crowd afterward and there were mixed reviews of the other comics. My brother was the only one who was harsh on everybody, but the general consensus was that for a two hour show with 12 comics, there wasn't a lot that everybody found funny. My personal favourite line of the night from one of the other comics was Sean McKiernan (I think I spelled it right) when he said "I used to be Roman Catholic but I recently dropped the 'Catholic' part. Now I'm a practicing Roman. I wear a toga and flog people."

As I said, love comedy is a gamble, so my deepest appreciation goes out to all those family and friends who have supported me over the years by going to see me and putting up with acts they didn't enjoy.

Steve

"Everybody knows about Neil 'One Small Step For Man' Armstrong, first man on the moon and Buzz 'Couldn't Get to the Hatch Quick Enough' Aldrin"
--Me

PS Spellcheck just can't deal with Soapium. It thinks I meant either opium or sperm... Two great tastes that go great together!
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
10:24 am
[stevetassie]
No manther sightings last night
I didn't get to be a manther at the Cougar Cabaret last night because it got cancelled due to extreme lack of audience. There wasn't a single person in the room who wasn't either a comic or the bartender.

On the plus side you can still see me at the Laugh Resort tonight at 8:30pm. 370 King St. W. Toronto. $10, but, heck, you know all that already.

Here's a new bit I wrote last night while waiting for the show at the Living Well to get going. The Cougar Cabaret is billed as an evening of vagina-based comedy, so this bit deals with a vagina-related topic from a male point of view.

There are signs in the men's room asking us not to flush sanitary napkins down the toilet. (BEAT) I don't know too many men who carry them around, let alone any who need to dispose of them. Maybe when the signs were only in the ladies' room they had a lot of women handing them off to their boyfriends for disposal? Or maybe, the chicken wings are just THAT messy. (BEAT) Hey, Bob! These wings are great, but a regular napkin just isn't getting the job done! There's actually one sign on the door and one inside the stall, but not one over the urinal. (BEAT) Obviously THAT would just be weird. And while we're on the topic, whoever decided to call them sanitary napkins is NEVER setting the table at my house!

What do you think?
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
10:09 am
[stevetassie]
Feb 25th Live @ the Laugh Resort
That's right, just two more days to go till Steve headlines a special talent showcase at the Laugh Resort.

370 King St. W, Toronto
$10
Show time 8:30pm

Call 416-364-5233 for reservations

Hope I see you there!
Steve

Here's the skinny on who will be on the bill:
Host: Richard Ryder
Headliners: Steve Tassie & Steve Shuster
Other Performers: JJay Wells, Jeremy Covent, Azfar Ali, Sean McKiernan, Jack Dani, Vince Manella, Angela Pierias, Desiree Lavoy, and Stacey Prieur.
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
8:03 pm
[stevetassie]
Super Big Important Happy Fun Gig
Big news from my show at the Laugh Resort last night.
They have a monthly showcase of up and coming talent. It's open to the public but the primary point is to have agents, managers and producers see the people that the Resort thinks are the best of the new talent.
What's this have to do with me? Glad you asked.
The booker for the Laugh Resort just invited my to co-headline the night along with the son of Canadaian comedy legend Frank Schuster, Stephen Schuster. I said yes.

So here are the details:
Laugh Resort (370 King St. W. inside the Holiday Inn)
8:30pm, Sunday February 25th
I'm assuming it's $10 and you get half off for mentioning my name at the door, but I'm not 100% on that. I'll let you know if that's not the case.
You will get to see me do a ten minute set. Woo! My first 10 minutes at the Laugh Resort!

Hope to see you there!
Steve
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
10:53 am
[stevetassie]
Laugh Resort Tomorrow
I will be performing at the Laugh Resort on Wednesday, January 31st. here are the details:
370 King St. West, Toronto
Inside the Holiday Inn
Show time 8:30pm, admission $10
(save 50% by mentioning my name at the door)
(416)364-5233 for details and reservations.

I never know the running order to these shows, so it's important to show up on time or you might miss my set. Also, the Laugh Resort has implemented a new booking policy. Acts who bring five or more people to a show will get booked again within two weeks, so it means a lot to have some friendly faces in the crowd.

Hope to see you soon,
Steve
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