Live Show Recaps

Published on March 27th, 2013 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Gallery: Funny as Hell Live

Jon Dore returned to Toronto last Thursday night – proving that we haven’t lost him to sunny California forever – bringing with him a few friends from south of the border who’ve appeared on his series Funny As Hell: Rory Scovel, James Adomian, and the Lucas Brothers.

Dore did about 20 minutes off the top, repeatedly baiting and reeling in the Randolph Theatre crowd with deeply meta bits and his overall commitment to straight-faced stupidity. Comedy nerds would love to believe we’re too savvy to be fooled by such tricks – or to laugh at a dildo – but Dore knows better.

James Adomian killed with his lengthy Jesse Ventura bit, and an impression of Marc Maron (perching upon a stool as he does) being tucked into bed by Louis C.K. Rory Scovel closed out the show with a German accent that simply wouldn’t die.

The Lucas Brothers were the only act I was previously unfamiliar with. They stood shoulder to shoulder and mumbled bits about losing their jobs and being broke. Fun to watch in a small dose (the shortest of the four sets), but I’m unsure if their energy level could hold me for a headlining set.

Dore introduced videos throughout the show, sketches from the third season of Funny As Hell. All were hilarious, and should be popping up online soon. As awkward as it is to Google “Jon Dore pedophile”, it’s one to watch for. The series airs Friday nights on HBO Canada.

Jon Dore

James Adomian

Lucas Brothers

Rory Scovel

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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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