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Published on May 23rd, 2009 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Gallery: Andy Kindler in Toronto

The one and only Andy Kindler sent Toronto alt-comedy geeks into a frenzy at the Comedy Bar last night, playing two sold out shows and satisfying anxious admirers who’ve waited all too long to see him back in Toronto.

The Friday late show featured an experience that was a first for Andy: a front-row fan donning a swank custom-made Kindler t-shirt, with his face on the front and the words “Kindler – suck it or die” on the back.

Between that, the reception he received from his fans (many of whom are attending multiple shows through the weekend), and the number of photos he posed for after the show, Andy seems to be something of a rock star. No word on whether he’s done lines off a naked hooker or trashed his hotel room yet, but considering last night’s post-show activity was going for ice cream sundaes, I don’t think this treatment has gone to his head yet.

Friday night’s audiences were also treated to surprise sets from Sean Cullen, Boyd Banks, and Pat Thornton (the show was hosted by Fraser Young). Andy has two more shows Saturday (where there’s expected to be a new custom t-shirt design being unveiled), and he will host the weekly sketch show Sunday Night Live the following evening at 9. For info and tickets (if any are left), visit the Comedy Bar website.

View the full photo gallery from Friday’s show on Flickr.

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About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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