2014 Comedy Brawl Finals Have Arrived!

ComedyBrawl_FINALS2014_webThe 2014 Finals are upon us!

From 360 comics we are down to the final 9, and one of them is leaving with $1000 and the title of 2014 Toronto Comedy Brawl Champion


We’re back at the 918 Bathurst Culture & Events Centre for this year’s finals.
Doors open at 7pm, with the show starting at 8pm.
Tickets are $20 at the door (cash only), or online in advance

Battling it out for the title and the $1000 grand prize are:

Amanda Killeen
Ben Lardie
Gabrielle Makarewicz
John Mostyn
Masooma Hussain
Nigel Grinstead
Paul Henry Murphy
Shirley Whalen
Wojtek Arciszewski




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Eric Andre Returns October 10th!

eric_andre_OCT10+11_WebEric Andre is back in Toronto and performing 3 stand up shows this weekend at 2 different venues!

2 Shows!
Friday October 10th & Saturday October 11th
at 9pm at Underground Comedy Club:
$20 – 670 Queen St E (at Broadview)
SOLD OUT! – Friday w/ Dylan Gott, Bobby Knauff, & Ryan Dillon

Saturday w/ Ali Hassan, Rob Mailloux, & Jordan Sowunmi

Click Here for Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/880198



Saturday October 11th at 7pm
at Comedy Bar:

$20 – 945 Bloor St W (at Ossington Station)
Click Here for Tickets: http://www.comedybar.ca/show.php?Event_ID=3049

Hosted by: Hoodo Hersi, w/ Rhiannon Archer & Jordan Cohen

About Eric Andre:

Eric brings a joyfully manic energy to the stage, combining autobiographical experience, politics and experimental psychedelic rambling.

He’s performed twice at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and can be seen on two episodes of HBO’s stand up series Funny as Hell. Other festival appearances include: The HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, and more

He’s been seen on Conan, Fallon, The Pete Holmes Show, and multiple times on various Comedy Central programs

His hit series The Eric Andre Show has achieved cult status in the US and has was recently renewed for a 3rd season, and Eric is currently filming a lead role in FX’s new series Man Seeking Woman alongside Jay Baruchel

Eric Andre on Conan

Eric Andre on The Pete Holmes Show

Eric Andre on Speak Easy with Paul F Tompkins

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The Epic Nerd Show Returns To Comedy Bar


We’re back at Comedy Bar for another exciting edition of the Epic Nerd Show.
Come join us on Saturday September 6th at 7pm to share in the nerdly hilarities

Andrew Ivimey
Amanda Brooke Perrin
Dave Atkinson
Beggar’s Canyon
Loren SanCartier
Fraser Young
and special guest
Steve Scholtz

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at: ComedyBar.Ca
or make a reservation at BoxOffice@ComedyBar.Ca


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A Spectacular Long Weekend with Greg Proops!


Sadly the Roast of Darth Vader has been cancelled for 2014, but Greg Proops is still coming to Comedy Bar for 3 exciting shows!

Friday August 29th – Live Podcast Record for The Smartest Man In The World
8pm – Comedy Bar 945 Bloor St W (at Ossington Subway Station)

$20 – Click Here for Tickets

“Here he is, though, in front of a live audience each week, bravely recording some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.”
-Rolling Stone Magazine

“Greg Proops’s bold, never-boring voice takes center stage in this live recording of his renowned podcast.”
-New York Times

Saturday August 30th – Live Stand Up Comedy Events
7pm & 11pm – $20
Comedy Bar 945 Bloor St W (at Ossington Subway Station)

Click here for 7pm Tickets
Click here for 11pm Tickets


Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really.

The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? He can be seen on the New Season on the CW

Greg has a brand-new stand up special called Live at Musso and Franks available at gregproops.com recorded at the legendary Hollywood eatery.

Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in London, Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Oslo, Amsterdam, Austin, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com or iTunes.

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By Popular Demand! Steve Hofstetter returns to Toronto for 3 Shows!

Ticket info below


**UPDATE! Steve is the new host of the brand new Fox stand up comedy series “Laughs” which premieres on Saturday August 2nd.

“Steve Hofstetter is that rare combination of funny and intelligent.” -Jim Gaffigan

“Steve Hofstetter is hilarious, creative and cool.”
-Alonzo Bodden

Friday July 11th – 8pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets

Saturday July 12th – 8pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets

Saturday July 12th – 10:30pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets

So why should you come see Steve Hofstetter?

Steve is a comedian that I discovered almost completely by accident, but after listening to his album “Cure For The Cable Guy” I was immediately hooked and have been telling people about him ever since.

On top of just being wickedly funny, Steve possesses a fantastic ability to be smart and engaging on stage while still being warm and playful. He’s also able to tackle important socially relevant topics without being preachy or heavy handed.

Steve also has a very special knack for dealing with hecklers.
Below is a video of Steve engaging a heckler in Atlanta that went on to receive almost 3 million views on YouTube. (Also, please don’t heckle at shows)

Steve has an issue to discuss with Canada

He’s released a total of 5 stand up albums, and has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to present his shows at Comedy Bar. I hope you’ll be able to join us

Friday July 11th – 8pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets

Saturday July 12th – 8pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets

Saturday July 12th – 10:30pm
Comedy Bar – Mainstage – $20
Click here for Tickets


Comedian, author, and columnist Steve Hofstetter is often called the hardest working man in show-business. With all due respect to the late James Brown.

Hofstetter’s second live comedy album (“Cure For the Cable Guy”) reached #20 on Billboard’s comedy charts.

His third album (“Dark Side of the Room”) was the first ever pay-what-you-want” comedy album, since people were going to steal it anyway. His fourth album consisted of an hour of 100% ad-libbed material, which is, frankly, nuts. And his fifth album hit #1 on iTunes’ comedy charts, which is also a bit nuts.

One of the top booked acts on the college circuit, the original writer for collegehumor.com has also released five albums and three books. Hofstetter has written humor columns for the New York Times, SportsIllustrated.com, and NHL.com, where he publicly admitted to being a Ranger fan.

After hosting Four Quotas on Sirius Satellite Radio for two seasons, Hofstetter moved to broadcast radio, and his Sports Minute (Or So) was syndicated on over 170 stations and in over 30 newspapers.

Hofstetter’s brutal tour schedule consists of over 100 colleges and dozens of clubs every year, and is fueled by an immense online popularity, tons of press, and a Prius with great gas mileage.

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A Huge Weekend w/ Kurt Braunohler & Robert Kelly

Kurt Braunohler Returns to Comedy Bar for 4 stand up shows and to guest host Sunday Night Live!

KurtBraunohlerWebAs a special added bonus, Debra DiGiovanni is going to join us as a special guest on each of the 4 stand up shows!


In March 2014, Kurt recorded a brand new stand up special for Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, set to be released July 25th

His debut 2013 comedy album “How Do I Land?”, was named a top comedy album of 2013 by The Onion AV Club, Paste Magazine, Village Voice, TimeOut NY and more.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact us via Reservations@EmpireComedy.Net Friday June 20th – 8pm: w/ Debra DiGiovanni & DeAnne Smith Click here for tickets Friday June 20th – 10pm: Hosted by Andrew Ivimey w/ special guests Debra DiGiovanni & DeAnne Smith Click here for tickets Saturday June 21st – 8pm: Hosted by Fraser Young w/ special guest Debra DiGiovanni Click here for tickets Saturday June 21st – 10pm: Hosted by Steph Tolev w/ special guest Debra DiGiovanni Click here for tickets Guest hosting Sunday Night Live: Click here for tickets Bio: Kurt was named a “Comic To Watch? by Variety, Timeout NY, TimeOut LA, Comedy Central, and the NY Comedy Festival. Kurt has been seen as the host of BUNK (IFC), on John Oliver Presents, @Midnight, Chelsea Lately, Bob’s Burgers, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Human Giant. He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life, telling a story which he is currently developing for film. As far as stages, Kurt has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Chicago, New York Comedy Festival, SXSW, Bonaroo, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (IF.Comedy Award nominee), Melbourne Comedy Festival (Barry Award Winner), the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival (“Improv Ensemble of the Year? Award Winner) and he once performed at Radio City Music Hall. Kurt Braunohler – Live on Conan

Fresh off recording his brand new stand up special in New York, and spending 2 weeks as part of the Just For Laughs Road Show, Robert Kelly is back in Toronto for 3 nights of stand up!

Friday & Saturday at the Underground Comedy Club, Sunday at Comedy Bar

Scroll down for details, videos, and bios


On Friday June 20th & Saturday June 21st Robert will be performing at The Underground Comedy Club. Shows will be at 9pm w/ host Sandra Battaglini, and Rob Mailloux

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online, or make a reservation with the club by calling 416-450-9125

Click here for advance tickets for Friday
Click here for advance tickets for Saturday

On Sunday September 22, Robert will be performing 2 shows at Comedy Bar

Click here for tickets for the 7pm show on the mainstage
7pm hosted by Blayne Smith, w/ Tyler Morrison, & DeAnne Smith

Click here for tickets to the 9pm on the cabaret stage
9pm hosted by Chris Allin, w/Rob Mailloux & Wojtek Arciszewski

If you have any questions or problems, please contact us via Reservations@EmpireComedy.Net

Robert Kelly on Just For Laugh’s Modern Love Gala
Skinny Guys


Just For Laughs – Bedtime Stories

2014 Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground (sorry for the lousy video quality)


Robert Kelly‘s unique, and honest take on his own life and relationships make his comedy clever, abrasive, funny, but refreshingly vulnerable.

When he’s not touring across the US, Robert is a mainstay of New York’s famed Comedy Cellar, and his extensive TV comedy credits include 2014’s Just For Laughs All Access, Inside Amy Schumer, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Tourgasm, Gotham Comedy Live and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

Robert has also released a pair of stand up albums, Just The Tip from Comedy Central Records, and Robert Kelly Live from Stand Up Records, and is host of You Know What Dude? on the Riotcast Podcast Network.



Kelly‘s acting credits also include portraying Louie CK’s brother on Louie, 12 episodes of CBS’ NYC 22, appearing as a detective opposite Vincent D’Onofrio on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and a guest starring role on ABC’s The Job with Denis Leary.

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Chris Gethard Invades Toronto for 6 Shows!

Chris Gethard Live in Toronto for the first time!
A mix of stand up, improv, & sketch

Chris_Gethard-Web-ResThursday May 8th – 8pm
$20 – Stand Up Event
Co-Featuring w/ Carmen Lynch
Hosted by DJ Demers, & featuring Dawn Whitwell
Click Here For Tickets
Comedy Bar Mainstage

Friday May 9th – 9pm
$20 – Stand Up Event
Hosted by Jordan Foisy
w/ guests Nile Seguin &
Chelsea Manders
Click Here For Tickets
Comedy Bar Cabaret Stage

Friday May 9th – 10:30
Mantown Improv – $15
Featuring: Adam Cawley,
Rob Norman, Bob Banks,
Jason DeRosse, Rob Baker
Click Here for Tickets

Saturday May 10th – 8pm
$20 – Stand Up Event
Hosted by Brian Ward, w/ special guests Diana Bailey & Laura DiLabio
Click Here For Tickets
Comedy Bar Mainstage

Sunday May 11th – 7pm
New York Spotlight – $20
Triple Feature Stand Up Event featuring 3 New York City Headliners
Big Jay Oakerson, Carmen Lynch, and Chris Gethard
Click Here For Tickets
Comedy Bar Mainstage

Sunday May 11th – 9pm
Hosting Sunday Night Live w/ The Sketchersons
Click Here for Tickets

Bio: Chris Gethard is a writer, actor, and comedian living in New York City. A mainstay performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, he has performed at the Just for Laughs festivals in both Montreal and Chicago, at South by Southwest, and at various colleges and theaters throughout the United States.

He was named one of Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch in 2010, and has told stories on This American Life.

Chris is the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show, a variety and talk show that began as a stage show at UCB before becoming a weekly live public access show during the summer of 2011. The show has a fervent cult following, and is known for staging amazing stunts such as using a Twitter campaign to book Sean “Diddy” Combs as a guest on the show.

The Chris Gethard Show has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and dozens of other publications.

Chris is the author of the book A Bad Idea I’m About to Do, named one of the Huffington Post’s ten books to read for the month of January upon its publication in early 2012.

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The New York Spotlight Debuts

The New York Spotlight! w/ Big Jay Oakerson, Carmen Lynch, & Chris Gethard!

NY-Spotlight-WebComedy Bar Mainstage
7pm – $20

Click here for tickets
945 Bloor St W
Doors open at 6:30pm

This debut edition features 3 heavy hitters from New York City:

Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central’s Half Hour, Louie, Conan). Note: Chris Gethard is at Comedy Bar all weekend with a run of solo shows, click here for details & tix

Carmen Lynch (The Late Show w/ David Lettterman, HBO’s Funny As Hell, Last Comic Standing Semi Finalist)

and Big Jay Oakerson (JFL42, Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Funny as Hell, Comedy Central Presents, Louie, Inside Amy Schumer)

Big Jay Oakerson – Border Security

Carmen Lynch – The Late Show w/ David Letterman

Chris Gethard – Conan O’Brien


Big Jay Oakerson
Oakerson’s story-based style of stand-up comedy got its start after a series of dead-end jobs, including driving strippers and escorts around his hometown of Philly. Now the New York City resident is flooring audiences with true tales of odd threesomes and bizarre sexual encounters. His Comedy Central album “An American Storyteller,” recorded at Stand-Up New York, is an one-hour onslaught of unbridled awesomeness and raunchy rock n’ roll hilarity.

Oakerson is recognized from many of his television appearances, “Comedy Central Presents” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, ” along with multiple appearances on BET’s “Comic View” and HBO’s “P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy. ”

In 2014 Jay appeared on Dave Attel’s new stand up series Comedy Underground

Carmen Lynch
Carmen Lynch made her late-night television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012 and created such a buzz that even The Huffington Post wrote about it.

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Todd Glass Returns to Comedy Bar

Todd_Glass_web_posterOne of Comedy Bar’s favorite visitors returns for the first time since 2012

Todd Glass is here for 4 stand up shows, on Friday April 11 & Saturday April 12 live at Comedy Bar

Friday at 8pm
Friday at 10:30pm

Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 10:30pm

This is a joint production of Empire Comedy Live & The Dark Comedy Festival

Todd Glass is a Los Angeles-based comedian who has appeared on numerous television series including “Last Comic Standing,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Louie,” and many more. His podcast, The Todd Glass show, is available on the Nerdist network

Todd Glass on Thanksgiving

Todd Glass on Signs

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James Adomian kicks off 2014 on a high note!

Adomian-Poster-WebJames Adomian Returns to Toronto January 10, 11, & 12!

A standout performer from IFC’s Comedy! Bang! Bang!, and JFL42, James makes his eagerly awaited return to Toronto on January 10th.

A ridiculously versatile performer, James will be performing a mix of improv (Friday), stand up (Saturday), and sketch (Sunday). Details below

Friday January 10 – 10:30pm – $15
Naughtyham – An Improvised Robin Hood Tale

Saturday January 11 – 8 & 10:30 – $20
Live Stand Up
Get tickets for 8pm
Get tickets for 10:30pm

Sunday January 12th – 9pm – $15
Guest Hosting Sunday Night Live

Bio –
JAMES ADOMIAN is a daredevil dancing queen – but don’t you know deep down he’s just a kitten!

James was a finalist on the 2010 season of LAST COMIC STANDING, and his many insane characters appear as celebrated guests all over the podcast-o-sphere. He is a staple on COMEDY BANG! BANG! and guest stars on the new season of CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. Catch James live performing standup and characters across the globe at festivals, comedy clubs, gay bars, rooftop parties and radical political events.

His debut standup comedy album LOW HANGIN FRUIT was released in 2012 via Earwolf to rave reviews
“[Low Hangin Fruit is] a lock for comedy album of the year.” – LA Weekly



James Adomian – Beer Commercials

James Adomian – Sam Elliott

James Adomian – The Sheriff of Nottingham

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