(As published in The Scene Magazine)
Back in April, Talkhole Podcast Network launched MEME WARS. A new live show at Toronto’s famous Comedy Bar. Like many of the innovative, oddball shows that call Comedy Bar home, this show was a format the likes of which Toronto had never seen. Was it revolutionary? Did it change the way audiences looked at live comedy and society in general? Probably. We assume so.
Co-hosted by Talkhole’s own so-called “Podfather” Dean Young (pfft) and Montreal Humoriste turned Toronto comic Nour Hadidi (Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC, blah blah blah) Meme Wars opened up a can of cross-format on everyone’s ass. That line feels clunky… meh. Blending live standup from some of the city’s favorite comics (legit!) with Meme roasts that destroyed friendships live onstage and exposed comedian’s deepest, darkest flaws right before your very eyes. And Toronto ate it up. Our debut show in April was sold tha eff out. We were turning people away at the door. And believe us, that’s never easy to do ($$$)
And now, we’re back for our next show! And like all sequels, the 2nd instalment promises to far surpass the original. That’s how sequels work, and we’ll hear no arguments otherwise. Godfather 3? The best Godfather. Jurassic World had 100% more Chris Pratt than the original, and therefore was the obvious winner. Or how about Garden State 2, where Zach Braff’s Mom comes back from the dead to exact her revenge for that fateful accident. How many of these examples registered with the millennials? We’ll never know… (Tweet @TALKHOLEpod if you must!)
And not to mention our ‘Star Wars’ flavoured show art was inspired entirely by The Phantom Menace. No other Star Wars movie in the franchise was even considered when crafting this intricate parody piece.
Meme Wars returns June 25th with some of Comedy Bar’s resident favs. Including Chuckle Co. alums Mikey Kolberg and Joel Buxton (also of The Sketchersons fame) Ashley Moffatt (Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC) and Shirley Whalen who made a formidable roast battles opponent at this past year’s Dark Comedy Festival.
And if that wasn’t enough of a lineup for you already (WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM US???) we’ve also invited Much Music’s resident digital shorts maestro Matt O’Brien (Just for Laughs) to come on down and get MEME with us.
So how did this show come to happen? Well, Timmy – when two comedians love attention very much, they get together and produce a show based almost entirely on their own discourse on social media. Not to mention Dean was getting roasted on line last year on account of a… slight public meltdown he had, and a subsequent tattoo. We’ll explain more during the show (hint: the reason MATT O’BRIEN still mockingly calls Dean “The Legend” at every show)You won’t find a better lineup of comics on Saturday June 25. And for $10 you’re getting standup PLUS savage Meme-based burns from some of Toronto’s finest comedy writers. That’s more than worth it. Think of it as “Meme Wars 2: in 3D”. Scoop your tickets at www.comedybar.ca and don’t get turned away