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Published on January 20th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Third Frames: Comedy Above the Pub LIVE

One of Third Beat’s new year’s resolutions is to hip you to comedy podcasts that my not have made it on your radar (yet). The full roundup of those recommendations is to come, but here’s one to get you started.

Thursday night, Comedy Above The Pub with host Todd Van Allen kicked of a regular run of live tapings at Comedy Bar in Toronto. Guests were Debra DiGiovanni and Nile Seguin, two of the city’s favorite comics and co-hosts of their own podcast, Total Request Comedy.

Comedy Above the Pub is in its third season (previously known as The TVA podcast), and has become a go-to interview stop for not just comics, but high-profile guests of all kinds. Recent favorites include Canadian radio icon Alan Cross, and former Toronto Mayor David Miller. Other past episodes you may enjoy: Henry Rollins, Chef Massimo Capra, Colin Mochrie, and perhaps one Sharilyn Johnson (ahem).

Today’s episode – fresh off a recording this morning – features Andy Kindler, in town to perform at Comedy Bar this weekend. (Third Beat will, of course, have full coverage of that come Monday).

As for the live taping? No spoilers here, but it was a hilarious hour full of stories about cats, Twitter fights, and posing the timeless question “did we make out?” The episode will drop in the coming days.

In the meantime, here’s a visual representation to tide you over. Photos copyright Sharilyn Johnson.

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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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