July 3, 2022, Prelaunch Party Cast: photos by BBK Photography (IG: @bbkphotographyy), collage by Suzy Sin Park.
The Opera House Marquee & Front Doors: photo by Suzy Sin Park.

Prelaunch Cast (L-R): Linda Camacho, Rush Kazi, Jen Sakato, Kenny Robinson, Tamara Shevon, Al Val, Christopher Ray, Aliya Kanani, Robert Watson, Suzy Sin Park, Twy, Ken Pham, Danny Lwin

PAST EVENTS

LAST REDEMPTION? REVENGE ROUNDS!

All Previous Competitors who did not make the Finals will be contacted via email to confirm which Revenge Rounds they can compete in. A prize will be awarded to all Revenge Round participants. Revenge Round winners will become Rising Stars Finalists and they will move on to compete in the indoor Finals.

All-In Revenge Round
Return of All Audition Competitors
Sunday, October 9 at 4 PM
Mandy's Bistro


Comedy! Music! Magic! Audience Voting! Audience Sing-Along!

This Sunday we're at MANDY'S BISTRO (123 Danforth Ave, at Broadview) come hang out and enjoy a full roster of up close and interactive entertainment with some of Toronto's funniest & fabbest!

We have mind-bending and tongue-twisting, magically and lyrically gifted guests who will make your jaws drop in awe. Plus, this round of competition is full of hilarious comedy plus a dash of heartwarming music. You help pick who goes to the Finals. That's right! One Voting Audience ticket guarantees a seat and a vote for your favourite act. Judge's scores and Audience's combined votes will be weighed and considered to determine the finalist who will return to compete on the theatre stage later this Fall for the Final Show-Off!, the final round of competition.

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Producer Rush Kazi

Rush is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based comic, non-binary, bipedal, carbon-based stand-up, sketch, and musical comic. Second City trained, Rush has been featured in JFL42, Toronto Fringe Festival, both Toronto and Montreal SketchFests, Gardencity Festival, Toronto's SheDot Festival, Leelfest, just to name a few. Rush produces the always sold out hit shows Asian Comedy All-Stars, MuJew (A Muslim and Jewish comedy showcase), Gaysian Comedy All-Stars (the world’s FIRST all-Queer, all-Asian comedy showcase), Comedy Mixtape (Toronto’s longest running musical comedy show), and since 2012, has run the open mic, Laughter Luau in Toronto and many more events. Rush’s debut comedy album, About Time, released in April 2022, saw Rush proclaimed as a “Queer first generation Canadian Disruptor” and “a rare talent” by Parton and Pearl, while CBC Arts called Rush “your new favourite non-binary, pansexual, South Asian, Muslim comedian” (even if you don't know any others)! That same month Rush’s half hour comedy special debuted on OutTV and is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Follow them on IG @rush.zilla More at: rushkazi.com

Guest Host: Comedian, Writer, Host Kari Johnson

Guest Host: Hip-Hop Artist & Poet: Nikane


Nikane is one of Toronto's most talented tongue-twistingly twisted, fresh freestyling lyrical wizards. This Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Poet performs all over the city. Catch him on stages, sidewalks, rooftops, what-not. Follow on IG: @effloisnikane More: https://linktr.ee/Efflo


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

Runners-Up Revenge Round
Return of All Audition Runners-Up
Sunday, September 25 at 5 PM
The Free Times Cafe


This Sunday at The Free Times Cafe (320 College St, near Spadina) come hang out and enjoy a full roster of up close and interactive entertainment, including Toronto's own world-class entertainer, the Mentalist, Mysterion the Mind Reader. Join us for some late afternoon magic & mind reading, comedy & music, brunch & drinks. Audience votes. Audience sings. Fab prizes to be won!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Mentalist Mysterion the Mind Reader

Mysterion is seen on Discovery Channel & MTV, and was a quarter finalist on America's Got Talent. He's one half of mindreading duo The Sentimentalists (with Steffi Kay) who fooled Penn & Teller. Award winning interactive virtual mind reading Mysterion is one of the world's most renowned mentalists. Mysterion has adopted his famous live show into an exciting experience that is more like interactive TV than a sit back and watch magic show. Mind bending mentalism that fully involves your guests, with suitable content for all audiences. Follow on IG: @doctormysterion More: https://mysterionthemindreader.com


Guest Host: Freestyle/Hip-Hop Emcee: Nikane Efflo Tu

Follow on IG: @nikaneisefflo More: https://linktr.ee/Efflo



Guest Feature: Magician/Musician, Frank Li

Follow on IG: @the_frank_lee

Audition Session: September 18, 4pm (Free/PWYC)

Competition for All COMEDY Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian Leonard Chan

Leonard has his hand in all things comedy. Sirius/XM, CBC radio, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs (Mtl). Opened for Ronny Chieng, Joel Kim Booster, K. Trevor Wilson, Rhea Butcher, Matt Braunger. He is everywhere, literarily. Writing credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, 16 Hudson, Hello (Again), Kim's Convenience, CBC Comedy, The Beaverton, "You Want It What Way: A Boy Band Tale." Follow him on IG @theleonardchan More at: theleonardchan.com

Guest Host: Comedian Jay Rainville

A seasoned professional musician, Jay is now making waves in the Toronto comedy scene. Past winner of the Comedy Nuggets: Bring It On Competition, Laugheteria Competition. Follow: @jayrainvillecomedy More at: jayrainville.com


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

Audition Session: September 11, 6pm (Free/PWYC)

Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Musician Clif Knight

Clif is a Guyanese born comedian based in Toronto. With a music teacher and voice coach for a mother, Clif has been performing since very little, his first big stage musical performance at 6 years old. After performing classical woodwind music for 10 years, Clif switched to being the bassist and backup vocals for the punk band ‘Keep Your Day Job!’ After moving to Canada he played drums and bass for various jazz and punk collectives until switching to more comedic performances in 2016. Since then he has performed across Ontario as both a standup comedian and one half of the musical rap sketch duo ‘GoodKnight’. He’s performed at the New York Comedy Club, The Comedy Studio in Boston and opened for Adam Newman at The Comedy Nest in Montreal. He participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and recently released a special on OUTtv through Amazon Prime. Follow him on IG & Everywhere: @cliffy_so_funny

Guest Host: Comedian, Writer, Host Kari Johnson

Kari is a stand-up comedian and writer currently based in Toronto but actually started comedy in Ireland. Soon after hitting the stage she appeared in multiple festivals across the country and was told early on she had “a very bright future in comedy” by comedy legend Karl Spain (RTE). Her imaginative observations center around her racial ambiguity, dealing with men, thongs and anything else that might justify her liberal arts degree. Follow: @karigejohnson


Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

Audition Session: August 28, 6pm (Free/PWYC)

Competition for All VARIETY+ Acts!

Guest Judge/Headliner: Comedian, Actor, MC Keesha Brownie

Keesha is an energetic, multi-faceted performer. She crafts her comedic recipe with a background in theatre, sketch, and music. Making observations about her Jamaican roots and Canadian upbringing, she punctuates punchlines with act-outs, parody songs, and sometimes even backup dancers. Behind that dynamic stage presence lies a fierce work ethic and an entrepreneurial mind. Brownie is a Second City alumni, independent show producer, and she keeps her fingers on the pulse by frequenting open mics all over Toronto. Brownie earned a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Female Stand-Up in 2015. From there, she has made a name for herself on a global scale. Brownie has graced the stage across Canada and the United States. She’s also performed in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Follow her on IG @keeshabrownie More at: gotbrownie.com

Guest Host: Comedian, Poet, Storyteller Anto Chan

Anto has travelled across North America & Asia, inspiring audiences through laughter. He strives to help people realize the potential within themselves through humourous personal stories. Anto performed on the independent Stand-up Comedy tours “the Sleeping in our Car Tour” & “The Sleeping in our Car 2er, travelling across Canada. He won Best Independent Venue (the Shanghai) @ Ottawa Comedy Awards in 2010, the 2012 I Heart Jokes award for “Open Mic Hero” and was a finalist in the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival 2014. He has made appearances on Omni News, CBC Radio, XM Radio, RTHK, TVB Pearl, Proper TV And his stand-up comedy video GOW was featured on the front page of Reddit. He was featured on Coming to the Stage season 4 in LA produced by Comedy Dynamics. ​He emcee'd Kollaboration Talent Showcase, Karaoke w/ China Doll at The Shanghai, youth events, variety shows and many more! He also competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Poetry in 2013. He loves organizing and MCing English-Cantonese-French weddings customizing the experience for the couple's big day. Anto featured his solo shows Shed Talks & Love So Far in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2016, and in Montreal Fringe Festival in 2019. He received praise from both Mooney on Theatre and Montreal Theatre hub for his aptitude in storytelling, poetry & comedy as well as his genuine connection to intimate audiences. Follow him on IG @antopunfu More at: antochan.com

Feature Act: Comedic Magician, Variety Event Producer Ken Pham

Ken is a Toronto based comedic magician who blew up on TikTok and has made the quantum leap to the live stage! Check out his hilarious magical stunts, mixed with mind bending mentalism. Follow him on TikTok: @kensington_ken and IG: @torontomagician637

August 7, 6pm Competition: Category is COMEDY!

Judge: Comedian, Actor, Superhost, The Fabulous KENNY ROBINSON

Host: Singer, Comedian LINDA CAMACHO

Kenny is a Canadian Superhost, Living Legend of the Stage. Winnipeg born, Chicago bred Gemini Awards host & nominee, creator, writer, producer, host, His irreverent, socially conscience, intelligent, opinionated and profane style of comedy has made him a fixture and favourite with comedy clubs, festivals, swingers conventions, radio, and television audiences for 3 decades. Many of the country's brightest young comics have claimed "The Fab" as a mentor and influence. More at kennyrobinson.com

August 7, 6pm Competition: Category is COMEDY!

Judge: Comedian, Actor, Superhost, The Fabulous KENNY ROBINSON

Host: Singer, Comedian LINDA CAMACHO

Kenny is a Canadian Superhost, Living Legend of the Stage. Winnipeg born, Chicago bred Gemini Awards host & nominee, creator, writer, producer, host, His irreverent, socially conscience, intelligent, opinionaAugust 7, 3pm Competition: Category is COMEDY!

Judge: Serial Award Winning Comedian COURTNEY GILMOUR

Host: Comedian KALI WILLIAMS

Courtney is one of Canada's most unique voices and sought after comedy talents. Her warm, accessible, and intelligent brand of stand up has made her a hit with audiences nationwide. Canada’s Got Talent 2022 Finalist. Winner of Multiple prominent comedy awards. Regular appearances on national television networks & publications. NOW Magazine's top 10 stage artists to watch. More at courtneygilmour.comted and profane style of comedy has made him a fixture and favourite with comedy clubs, festivals, swingers conventions, radio, and television audiences for 3 decades. Many of the country's brightest young comics have claimed "The Fab" as a mentor and influence. More at kennyrobinson.com

Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT July 31, 3pm

Guest Judge: Hahalarious Comedian, Actor, Producer DAPHNEY JOSEPH

Daphney Jo is a bilingual actor and producer. The Second City Training Centre, Feature Players at Bad Dog Theatre. Improv duo Coko & Daphney (Harbourfront Center, SheDot Festival, BCIF, Montreal Improv Festival, Ottawa Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Art Festival, Del Close Marathon NYC, Philly Improv Festival, and many more). French improv troupe Les Improbables & Le Club des Marteaux, TFO FLIP.


Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT, July 24, 6pm

Auditions take place at The Opera House Patio

Guest Judge: Comedian VONG SHOW! One of Canada's Hottest Comedy Acts & Producers, Official Spokesperson for gay, super cute Asians. vongshow.com


Category is COMEDY! AUDITION SPOT, July 24, 3pm

Auditions take place at The Opera House Patio

Guest Judge: Comedian VONG SHOW! One of Canada's Hottest Comedy Acts & Producers, Official Spokesperson for gay, super cute Asians. vongshow.com


Category is COMEDY! NOVICE AUDITION SPOT, July 17, 3pm

The Opera House: Patio & Grill

Group 1 Auditions: Guest Judge: AL VAL! One of Canada's fastest rising stars, JFL, CBC. alvalcomedian.com

Open to NOVICE performers, those with 3 cumulative years experience OR LESS.



July 3, 2022, Prelaunch Party Cast: photos by BBK Photography (IG: @bbkphotographyy), collage by Suzy Sin Park.
The Opera House Marquee & Front Doors: photo by Suzy Sin Park.

Prelaunch Cast (L-R): Linda Camacho, Rush Kazi, Jen Sakato, Kenny Robinson, Tamara Shevon, Al Val, Christopher Ray, Aliya Kanani, Robert Watson, Suzy Sin Park, Twy, Ken Pham, Danny Lwin