Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Best Bars For Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch

Comedy clubs in Toronto are where you’re likely to discover the next big SNL star. Toronto comedy clubs have helped launch the careers of Canadian comedians such as Russell Peters, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Jim Carrey, and Samantha Bee.

Canada’s largest city is home to over a dozen laugh out loud venues. Comedy clubs in Toronto are not only home to variety shows, improv, and stand up but also host workshops and classes. Explore our favourite comedy clubs in Toronto and you’ll see why they bring a smile to everyone who visits YYZ.

Comedy Clubs in Toronto

Andrew Johnston is a veteran Canadian LGBTQ stand-up comic. He’s clocked multiple appearances at Montreal’s Just For Laugh’s Festival, San Francisco’s Sketch Comedy Festival and held court for several years as one of the regulars on MuchMusic’s top rated series Video On Trial. Andrew released his debut comedy album White Devil in 2014, which was followed up in 2018 by the even more uproarious *Sips Tea*.

In 2006 Andrew started familiarizing himself with comedy clubs in Toronto. But he says it was a decade ago, when Comedy Bar first opened, that everything changed in the city.

There were fleeting venues, many of which are buried under condo’s now, that one-off sketch, improv and stand-up shows happened at, but Comedy Bar was finally a designated venue where all these disciplines intertwined. That has literally been the game-changer in terms of comedy in this city in a broader context, and the catalyst for diversity within comedy in this city ever since. Gone were the traditional gatekeepers who decided what comedy should or could be, and anyone with a dream and dollar could put on the show of their wildest dreams as long as they could account for at least 20 paying audience members.”

Diverse Voices and Venues

With so many comedy clubs and bars with regular weekly comedy programming to LOL in Toronto, we asked our local pro to clarify the differences.

Comedians would classify a comedy club as a designated comedy venue. Yuk Yuk’s Toronto, Absolute Comedy Toronto, The Underground Cafe, somewhere that there are tables ranging in cabaret to cafeteria style seating and a small stage with a light focused on it and a mic-stand and, if you’re lucky, a stool. Sketch or Improv couldn’t happen there, and that’s probably the point. It’s not a theatrical space, it’s a stand-up comedy space.

And I feel for a lot of Toronto comedians, they might use comedy club as a pejorative, as in that’s hacky, limited or traditional. There are a lot of trappings that go along with the term comedy club. Like, “how’s everyone doing tonight? Anyone from out of town? Any couples here tonight?” Things like that, that would make a Toronto comedy connoisseur groan.

Make no mistake, the willingness of Toronto’s bars with both found and established performance spaces who have taken a chance on a weekday night to allow comedy shows within them have contributed as much to Toronto’s rich comedy scene as the comedians have.

The one that comes to mind for me is Queer & Present Danger Open Mic on Monday at Pegasus. It’s an entirely queer comedy open mic that has fostered an LGBT comedy scene that I never thought would be possible, but it is packed with fans every week!” 

The Best Comedy Clubs in Toronto

These laugh out loud venues are dedicated to showcasing stand-up, improv, sketch comedy shows in Toronto. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a good laugh throughout the week at Second City Toronto, Yuk Yuk’s Toronto, Absolute Comedy Toronto, Social Capital Theatre, The Underground Cafe, Bad Dog Theatre, and Comedy Bar Toronto.

Comedy Clubs in Toronto, Second City Toronto
Second City in the Entertainment District is one of the most famous comedy clubs in Toronto.

Second City Toronto

51 Mercer Street, 416-343-0011

Second City Toronto is the city’s most well known comedy club. It’s where many of Canada’s most celebrated comedians nurtured their talent before making it big. The walls inside Second City Toronto are decorated in vintage photos featuring popular cast members of the past. You’ll find signed portraits of Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.

Second City Toronto’s most popular performances take place in the mainstage theatre. The impressive space offers a total of 300 seats, making it one of biggest comedy clubs in Toronto. The John Candy Box is a more intimate theatre housed within the Second City Training Centre. The smaller theatre has 70 seats and is home to the training centre’s class shows as well as everyday private rentals.

Every night of the week the mainstage theatre cast performs a free improv set after the last show of the evening. This could run 25 minutes to an hour depending on the night. This happens Sunday to Thursday at around 9:45pm and on Friday/Saturdays at 11:45pm. Any night of the week anyone can walk in off the street and watch Canada’s best improv actors perform for free!

Workshops and Classes

Second City Toronto’s Training Centre is one of the most respected spots in the city for newbies to hone their skills. Classes are taught by professionals who are dedicated to helping students develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble. Second City Toronto Training Centre’s catalogue of classes are perfect for students looking to make new friends or business professionals keen to improve their presentation skills.

Food and Drink

Second City has partnered with their neighbour Wayne Gretzky’s, offering guests a convenient dining option. You can add a pre-show lunch or dinner to your ticket purchase by calling the box office or adding the menu to your online ticket purchase. Makes for a hilarious and delectable date night! The two course option is $38.94/person while three course option is $46.02. You can also order from a separate food and drink menu once you’ve been seated.

Highlights from Second City Toronto’s in-theatre food and drink menu include:

  • Frozen Drinks: Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Peach Belini
  • Hot Boozy Beverages: Monte Cristo, Irish Nut Coffee, Snow Bunny, Blueberry Tea
  • Classic Cocktails: The Paloma, Long Island Iced Tea, Tom Collins, Manhattan, Negroni
  • Beer: Molson, Coors Light, Corona, Heineken, Brickworks Cider, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Barking Squirrel, Left Field, HopBot, Sam Adams, Moosehead
  • Wine: Peller Estates, Trius, Oyster Bay, Chateau de Courteillac, Veuve Clicquot
  • Finger Foods: chicken fingers, hot dogs, sweet potato fries, french fries, kettle chips, tortilla chips & salsa,  pretzel chips and hummus

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Ticket Pricing: $22-37

Yuk Yuk's Toronto is one of the most famous stand-up comedy clubs in Toronto.
Yuk Yuk’s Toronto is one of the most famous stand-up comedy clubs in Toronto.

Yuk Yuk’s Toronto 

224 Richmond Street West, 416-967-6431

Yuk Yuk’s is Canada’s national stand-up comedy company, with 17 clubs from coast to coast. Yuk Yuk’s Toronto got its start in the Spring of 1976. Co-founder Joel Axler explains, “It was a time when disco hits climbed the charts and fended off light rock to hold mighty positions; a time when Hollywood films turned moody, even black with introspection.

Yuk Yuk’s Toronto sprang from Harbourfront Open Evenings in a time when poetry, native songs, folk and experimental jazz all shared a facet in a mosaic of the city’s mid-70’s cry for meaning and edge. There was an ocean of government money for esoteric expression! The CN Tower had just been erected and put a “Tower of Babel” phallus on the skyline. Many of the hidden polite savages with renegade sentiments were finally bleeping into the city’s radar, and our desperate need to mock everything in exchange for the public’s hilarity and fun clinched the deal.” 

Comedy clubs in Toronto weren’t yet a recognized industry back then. The founders at Yuk Yuk’s Toronto gathered a half dozen of their funny friends and launched a weekly Wednesday open stage in a basement hall at The 519 in the heart of Church and Wellesley’s Gay Village.

Today, Yuk Yuk’s Toronto is located in the heart of the Entertainment District. Open mic comedy shows take place every Tuesday and Pro Am shows are Wednesday nights. Yuk Yuk’s Toronto All Black Comedy Show happens on the last Sunday of every month. 

Food and Drink

Yuk Yuk’s Toronto has a full service bar and restaurant so you can easily enjoy a late night dinner with your date. The bar opens one hour before showtime. If you’re looking to gather a group of friends for the night, dining for parties of 10 or more are available by phone and guarantee preferred seating. The kitchen at Yuk Yuk’s Toronto offers finger licking good pub fare. 

  • Beer: Molson, Coors Light, Rickards Red, Heineken, Sol, Dos Equis, Strongbow
  • Wine: Jackson Triggs, Folonari, Yellow Tail, Campofiorin, Wolf Blass
  • Night on the Town Sampler: wings, chicken bites, bruschetta, garlic bread, french fries, onion rings. 
  • Nothing Funny About Nachos: corn chips smothered in tomatoes, black olives, green onions, cheese, sour cream and salsa. 
  • Yuk’in Burger: all beef burger charbroiled and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and served with fries. 
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: chicken strips tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and served on a fresh panini bun with lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and served with fries. 

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $5-20

Comedy Clubs in Toronto, Social Capital Theatre
Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Social Capital Theatre on the Danforth has a distinct dive bar vibe.

Social Capital Theatre

154 Danforth Avenue, 647-982-4545

Social Capital Theatre is located on the Danforth in the heart of Toronto’s Greek Town. Affectionately referred to as SoCap by regulars, the performing arts bar first opened in 2014. The double decker space offers the most dive bar vibe of our fave comedy clubs in Toronto. The mainstage on the second floor seats 88, while the intimate third floor cabaret has a capacity of 33.

SoCap is brought to you by owners Ralph MacLeod and Carmine Lucarelli. The duo specialize in improv comedy but on SoCap’s two stages you can enjoy stand up, sketch, plays, burlesque, and spoken word.

During the week, Social Capital Theatre’s shows are more community oriented. You’ll find open mic stand up nights on Sunday and Wednesday and open jams for improvisers on Monday. SoCap rents and coproduces shows with up-and-coming artists Tuesday and Thursday. Visit on Friday or Saturday night to check out Social Capital Theatre’s signature shows such as The Dating Game and $15 Beer Beer Comedy.

Workshops and Classes

Social Capital Theatre offers a Dramatic Improv Core Program as well as popular weekly Drop-in classes. SoCap’s improv classes offer a fun and educational opportunity for a wide range of skill levels. Whether you’re an improvisor wondering why you’ve hit a plateau, an actor who wants to get better at auditions, or a professional who wants to be a more effective communicator.

Food and Drink

SoCap serves up what you’d expect from a typical dive bar. You’ll find house wine by the glass, as well as standard bar rail mixed drinks. A choir of tall cans make beer fans smile featuring Ricard’s Red, Rolling Rock, Carlsberg, Granville Island Brewing, Heineken, Belgian Moon, and Strongbow Cider. If you’ve got the munchies they’ve always got a few bags of Lays Chips behind the bar to satisfy your craving. If you’re starving, bringing in takeout from a nearby restaurant is no problemo.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $5-20

Comedy Clubs in Toronto, Comedy Bar
Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Comedy Bar at Bloor and Ossington.

Comedy Bar Toronto

945 Bloor Street West, 416-551-6540

Located at Bloor and Ossington, Comedy Bar Toronto was founded in 2008 by Gary Rideout Jr. and James Elksnitis. Dedicated to the development of new and pro comedic talent, Comedy Bar puts on entertaining sketch, improv, alternative and stand up shows. Its two stages host over 150 shows a month, offering guests guaranteed giggles seven nights a week.

Comedy Bar Toronto has fostered the talents of plenty of comedians, comedy writers and performers. Celebrated comedians who have taken the stage include Janeane Garofalo, Phil LeMarr, Tim Meadows, and Mark Maron. Considered an incubator for the improv community, it’s no wonder Comedy Bar is considered one of the best comedy clubs in Toronto.

“The Sketchersons,” is a popular weekly sketch show that happens on Sunday nights at 9:30pm. The talented cast write and perform an entirely new show each week! On Fridays guests enjoy an improv showdown called Catch23, a perfect experience for first timers. Looking to find stage time to test out a new joke? Head to the 5 for 5 / Last Call shows on Tuesday.

Workshops and Classes

Dawn Whitwell offers a popular Comedy Girl program, which runs a few times throughout the year and sells out months in advance. Throughout the year, Comedy Bar Toronto offers a slew of comprehensive classes for those looking to hone their improv, stand-up, sketch, screenwriting, script writing and directing skills.

Food and Drink

Inside Comedy Bar Toronto you’ll find SNACK by Chef Matt Muron. Open everyday from 6:30pm until late, Chef Muron’s menu can be enjoyed in the Comedy Bar bar area, or delivered straight to your seat at one of the venue’s two theatres.

Highlights from Comedy Bar Toronto’s food and drink menu include:

  • Beer: Guinness, Beau’s, Amsterdam Brewery, Blanche de Chambley, Sleemans, Sapporo, Heineken, Corona, Brickworks Cider
  • Liquor: Dillon’s, Makers Mark, Hendricks, Botanist, Kraken, Grey Goose, Tromba
  • Stoner Chips: kettle chips topped with ranch, bacon, jalapeno, and vegetables.
  • Nachos: tortilla chips, cheese, jalapeno, green onion, sour cream and salsa.
  • Perogies: caramelized onions, bacon, sour cream, tomatoes, green onions.
  • The Tijuana Burger: Angus beef patty, bacon, old cheddar, salsa verde.
  • The Wade Boggs: dill marinated chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing on Texas Toast.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $5-35

The Underground Cafe: Toronto's only cannabis friendly comedy club.
The Underground Cafe: Toronto’s only cannabis friendly comedy club.

The Underground Cafe

670 Queen Street East, 416-450-9125

The Underground Cafe is certainly the most niche of the comedy clubs in Toronto. It opened 13 years ago in the Riverside neighbourhood as a cannabis friendly stand-up comedy space. The club’s owner, Puff Mama, describes the concept, “We strive to bring the most exclusive comedy and variety shows to Toronto. We pride ourselves on finding great talent, targeting entertainers that have supported marijuana legalization and freedom of speech.”

All of The Underground Cafe’s events are pro shows. Popular comedians like Scott Thompson, Rory Scovel, and Joe Rogan have performed at the club’s intimate stage in the past. Cannabis fans will love The Underground Cafe’s hilariously titled monthly shows. Our faves include Jokes n’ Tokes, Stoner Queer Comedy Showcase, and an all female comedy experience called The Grind.

Comedy shows at The Underground Cafe run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking for a unique experience visit on Sunday afternoon for Cardboard Buds. The hilarious weekly board game event is hosted by comedians Ted Morris and Christophe Davidson.

Fundraising

The Underground Cafe cannabis community is known for hosting epic fundraisers. Favourites include Canned Laughter, a city wide holiday food drive supported by several comedy clubs in Toronto. Also Kidsmas, which is a fundraiser for youth living in shelters. Our fave is aptly titled Doobies For Boobies, a breast cancer fundraising initiative.

Food and Drink

Step inside The Underground Cafe and it feels a bit like you’ve arrived into a stoner speakeasy. The space features a petite lounge, cannabis culture gift shop, and snack store. You can procure all of your favourite munchies from Doritos to Old Dutch chips and Swedish Berries to Tootsie Rolls. At the cafe you’ll find freshly brewed coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as homemade chocolate chip hemp heart cookies.

Patrons are also permitted to bring food into the show as long as it’s not from a major fast food brand. There are plenty of fabulous restaurants in the neighbourhood and Puff Mama wants her guests to support local businesses. 

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Ticket Pricing: $5-10

Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Absolute Comedy at Yonge and Eglington.
Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Absolute Comedy at Yonge and Eglington.

Absolute Comedy Toronto 

2335 Yonge Street, 416-486-7700

Absolute Comedy Toronto is located a short walk from Eglington Station in Midtown. The established stand-up comedy brand also has locations in Ottawa and Kingston. The three clubs are owned by Jason Laurans and his cousin Rick Dorush. Laurans was a comic with Yuk Yuk’s for over 20 years and launched Absolute Comedy Toronto to get into the business side of things. Notable comedians who have graced the Absolute Comedy stage include K Trevor Wilson, Ali Hassan, Mike McDonald and Jon Dore.

Absolute Comedy Toronto is open six nights a week. Step inside and you’ll find a spacious bar, which features a pool table that you can enjoy with friends before the show. The hallway leading to the theatre is covered in signed portraits of famous comics who have performed here in the past. Absolute Comedy Toronto’s theatre seats 230 and features tiered seating that wraps around a central stage. 

Food and Drink

Hungry guests at Absolute Comedy Toronto can chose to book “Dinner and a Show” or from an a la carte menu once inside the theatre. Dinner and a Show packages feature an all you can eat buffet which includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, mixed veggies, chicken-sausage jambalaya, veggie lasagna, two fresh salads, bread and butter, dessert and coffee or tea.

Absolute Comedy Toronto offers plenty of options at the bar:

  • Beer: Bud Light, Canadian, Steam Whistle, Keith’s, Corona, Stella Artois, Heineken, Guinness, Carlsberg, Beau’s, Kronenbourg, Somersby Cider
  • Wine: Pelee Island bottles and pitchers of sangria
  • Spirits: Grey Goose, Jack Daniels, Crown Royal, Bombay Gin

You can also order from an la carte menu and have food and drink delivered to your table during the show: 

  • Bits and Bites: chicken fingers, quesadilla, spinach & artichoke dip, jalapeno poppers, poutine, bruschetta.
  • Sandwiches: The Works, Bacon Swiss, Grilled Chicken Burger, Tuscan Veggie Burger, BLT, Meatball Sandwich.
  • Entrees: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Meat Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Ribs and Fries.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $8-20

Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre at Bloor and Ossington
Comedy Clubs in Toronto: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre at Bloor and Ossington

Bad Dog Theatre Company

875 Bloor Street West, 416-491-3115

The Bad Dog Theatre Company is an improv theatre located at Bloor and Ossington. Established in 2003, Bad Dog Theatre can actually trace its roots back to 1982 when it was known as Theatresports Toronto. The company’s weekly shows consisted of teams of improvisers competing with one another. Alumni from this time period include Mike Myers, Pat McKenna, Linda Kash, Colin Mochrie, and Keanu Reeves. It was through Theatresports that Lorne Michaels apparently came down to recruit Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from the Kids in the Hall to write for SNL. 

March up the stairs and you’ll find a spacious bar where you can sip on on a pint before the next show begins. Inside the intimate theatre you’ll find 70+ comfy seats. After the show, be sure to use your ticket stub to get $1 off your next drink at the bar. 

Workshops and Classes

Bad Dog Theatre offers improv classes for drop-in newbies, youth and teens as well as adults serious about honing their skills on stage. Bad Dog Theatre’s improv curriculum is one of the most diverse we’ve seen at comedy clubs in Toronto. Students study longform basics, cinematic action on stage and scene diagnostics. The company’s unique scholarship program is made available to 16 students each year. The scholarship promotes diversity in Toronto’s comedy clubs by offering access to people of colour, women, people over 50 years old, LBGTQ folks and differently-abled persons.

Food and Drink

It’s best to eat dinner before heading to Bad Dog Theatre as there isn’t any food available on site. The bar offers standard bar rail as well as top notch brews from Blanche de Chambly, Sapporo, Sleemans, and Brickworks Cider.

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $10-15

The Best Comedy Nights in Toronto

Some of the best comedians in Toronto perform at multifaceted venues on weekly comedy nights. These are often the best venues in Toronto to see fresh talent. They also do a great job at highlighting minority voices such as female comics, LGBT comedians, and unique perspectives from people of colour. Enjoy a hilarious night out at the Rivoli, 120 Diner, or Pegasus on Church and you’re also likely to be entertained by live music, cabaret, karaoke, or a drop dead gorgeous Drag Queen.

The Back Room at the Rivoli is home to Toronto's favourite weekly comedy show.
The Back Room at the Rivoli is home to Toronto’s favourite weekly comedy night.

Rivoli

334 Queen Street West, 416-596-1501

Located in the heart of Toronto’s trendy Queen West neighbourhood, the Rivoli is a bar, restaurant and performance space that was first established in 1982. The Rivoli originally earned a reputation as one of Canada’s hippest music clubs. Many notable Canadian comedy and musical performers have played on its stage.

The Kids and the Hall got their start here. Mike Myers’ Saturday Night Live German club character Dieter was actually inspired by a Rivoli waiter. Talent scouts from Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival and major TV networks still routinely scour Rivoli’s Monday night comedy showcase. 

The best night of the week to visit the Rivoli for a laugh is Monday’s ALTdot Comedy Lounge. It’s the most popular alternative comedy show in the city and has been running for over 20 years. Other popular comedy shows at the Rivoli include Shade and Queer & Present Danger.

The Rivoli is divided into three main areas: the front, the upstairs and the back. The front of the venue is a perfect spot to grab a pre-show sip and nibble. Upstairs you’ll find a pool hall decorated with vintage antique tables. Shows happen in the back room, which is often standing room only so arrive early to grab a good seat. 

Food and Drink

The Rivoli has one of best food and beverage programs available at comedy clubs in Toronto. It’s the perfect date night venue as you can easily enjoy a delicious dinner before the show. The wine list is extensive, craft beer options plentiful and there’s even a cocktail list inspired by the city. 

  • Wine: Cave Springs, Beringer, Stoneleigh, Mission Hill, Veuve, Lindemans, Wyndham Estate, Chateau St Germaine. 
  • Beer: Amsterdam, Grolsch, Stiegl, Collective Arts, Mill Street, Heineken, Red Stripe, Beau’s. 
  • Cocktails: Martini, Paper Plane, Dark & Stormy, Moscow Mule, Pimm’s Cup, Negroni, Margarita. 

The Rivoli menu is refined and eclectic offering pub grub classics like nachos alongside ethnic cuisine faves such as Pad Thai and Kathu Roti. 

  • Wookie Balls: Rivoli’s signature sesame coated deep fried sticky rice balls with sweet chili dipping sauce. 
  • Achiote Pork Tacos: corn tortillas, pickled red onion, guacamole, crema
  • Cornmeal Fried Chicken Sandwich: pickled red onion, chipotle mayo, lettuce, egg bun
  • Ricotta Gnocchi: roasted tomatoes, arugula, toasted walnuts, parmesan
  • Blue Cheese BLT: strip bacon, tomato butter, garlic lemon aioli, lettuce, pickles, blue cheese, toasted rye.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Ticket Pricing: $10

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120 Diner

120 Church Street, 416-792-7725

120 Diner was opened by comedian/entertainer Mandy Goodhandy and artist/entrepreneur Todd Klinck in August 2014. The duo had been running Club120 on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the same building since 2006 and took the opportunity when it came up to open a restaurant on the main floor. 120 Diner became a live entertainment venue, focussed primarily on Jazz, Blues, Cabaret and Stand-up comedy. 

Stand-up shows at the diner typically run Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Friday night is the most popular weekly comedy show, Comedy Kapow, which starts shortly after 9pm. For a perfect night out, stick around after Kapow for karaoke, which runs until 2am.  

Food and Drink

120 Diner offers a comprehensive comfort food menu as well as a recently launched 420 menu featuring “things that taste awesome when you’re stoned.” Highlights from 120 Diner’s food and drink menu include:

  • Beer: Beau’s, Mill Street, Steam Whistle, Shiny Apple Cider, Coors, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken.
  • Wine: Jacob’s Creek, Graffigna, Folonari, Fielding, J. Lohr. 
  • Liquor: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Grey Goose, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, Maker’s Mark, Bacardi, Havana Club. 
  • Cocktails: Martini, Manhattan, Negroni, Cosmo, Margarita, Caesar, Mojito. 
  • Appetizers: chicken wings, crunchy coconut shrimp, poutine, nachos.
  • Mains: Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese, Meatloaf & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Fingers.
  • Sandwiches: Grilled Cheese, Tuna Melt, Pulled Pork, Sloppy Joe, Chicken Schnitzel, and a selection of burgers. 

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: $5-10

Toronto stand-up comic Andrew Johnston hosts Queer & Present Danger Open Mic at Pegasus on Church.
Toronto stand-up comic Andrew Johnston hosts Queer & Present Danger Open Mic at Pegasus on Church.

Pegasus on Church

489 Church Street, 416-927-8832

Pegasus on Church has been a mainstay in Toronto’s LGBT bar scene and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019. The popular Toronto gay bar offers weekly LGBT Trivia Nights, Drag Queen Bingo, and a RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing party. Pegasus on Church also offers professional pool tables, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong, pinball, and casino-style gaming slots. 

Queer & Present Danger Open Mic on Monday’s is the most popular stand-up comedy offering in Toronto’s Gay Village. Every Monday at 8pm Chanty Marostica hosts QAPD with a strong line-up of the city’s best and brightest up and coming queer comedic talent. Every third Sunday of the month Marostica is joined by Adrienne Fish to host Church Street Comedy, dubbed Toronto’s biggest LGBT comedy showcase. Past queer performers who have graced the stage at Pegasus on Church include Scott Thompson, Elvia Kurt and Gavin Crawford. 

Pegasus on Church was the last of the Comedy Clubs in Toronto that I visited after spending two months hopping around town. It was also probably the funniest night of my year. It was refreshing to spend two hours giggling along to jokes that are popular talking points in our community. In over two hours, Queer & Present Danger Open Mic at Pegasus on Church offered tales from lol gay men, lesbians, a trans woman, and bisexual man. What’s clear is that diversity makes the comedy clubs in a Toronto must-see. 

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Ticket Pricing: pay what you can

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