Friday, July 9, 2010 | Categories: LOL Blog |
Last night I attended the Just for Laughs gala at Massey Hall hosted by Wayne Brady. The show was brilliant and clever. The American comedians didn't harp on our Canadian ways, and each set gave the audience something different to laugh about. The evening started off with a skit by Toronto's own Second City members doing a news cast from May 27th 2010, pointing out things like the upcoming G20, the World Cup and yes, they even managed to squeeze in Lindsay Lohan. All I can say is that it's amazing how different we thought things were on May 27th 2010. The G20 protest were still thought to be peaceful, Italy was favoured to win the cup and Lindsay was possibly on the way to recovery. Then Wayne Brady came on to open and host the show. The crowd went crazy and when Wayne mentioned Who's Line is it Anyway the whole crowd cheered, to which Brady replied "really are you guys like a billion years old?"Read the full review after the jump!
He opened the show with what he does best - musical improv. He started off trying to get five random words from the audience. After getting words like chicken and hippo, he started to ask for more obscure words. He then asked what the rap should be about, and when he didn't really get anything from the "imaginative" audience, he made the rap about being indecisive - and it was brilliant.Thanks Hannah! If anybody else has any reviews, send them in to us, and we'll gladly post them!
Sebastian Maniscalco was the next in the impressive line up. His set was fantastic, talking about dating, parenting and today's modern parent. Maniscalco along with Tim Minchin, and Gabriel Iglesias, were among some of the highlights of the night. Tim Minchin (who reminded me of Russell Brand) gave a hilarious and controversial musical performance, with his songs "Confessions" and "The Pope", which had everyone in laughter and disbelief.
Gabriel Iglesias was the closing act and won over the audience with his girl voice and many other stories using different voices and first- time Canadian experiences. Other highlights of the night included the hilarious Mike Birbiglia and Harland Williams. Mike Birbiglia's set was nothing short of perfection and reminded us all what it was like to be a seventh grader, what's it's like being in the geek club, but mostly what it's like to ride the scrambler. Harland Williams set was the second last of the night and his highlights included the shower square dance.
All in all the night was fantastic and a nice break from the heat. The crowd was very welcoming and all the comics were at the top of their game and had the whole house laughing for the entire hour and a half.