It seems that the term ‘LOL’ gets thrown around so often these days that it has lost all meaning. Disturbingly, researchers hypothesize that 96 per cent of the time when people text the word ‘LOL’ they have not, in fact, laughed out loud, but rather have inwardly chuckled or simply exhaled sharply through their nostrils while smirking (try it, you’ll see what I mean).
Where do you go, then, when you truly want to laugh – out loud? Where can you go when you want to be entertained by something more than just cat pictures on the internet? Well if you find yourself in Toronto’s entertainment district; look no further than that stalwart of sketch comedy known as The Second City.
Originating in Chicago in 1959, the iconic improvisational and sketch comedy theatre opened its doors in Toronto in 1973; ever since, The Second City has been churning out memorable comedy revues and globally recognized talent. Notable alumni of the Toronto mainstage include Dan Aykroyd, Joe Flaherty, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Mike Myers, Colin Mochrie, and many more heavy hitters.
The current revue, ‘We Can Be Heroes’, stars Craig Brown, Jan Caruana, Stacey McGunnigle, Allison Price, Connor Thompson and Kevin Vidal. Directed by Kerry Griffin, this latest offering irreverently celebrates the unsung, everyday heroes in our midst (and by ‘celebrates’, I of course mean ‘shamelessly makes fun of’). Starting in late November, you can also find ‘The Second City Holiday Spectacular’, which satirizes the holiday season through songs, improv, and comedy sketches. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or pray to the dark lord Cthulu, you’re sure to be entertained.
Get on down to 51 Mercer Street and check it out for yourself. When someone texts you asking how it was, you can say you laughed out loud – and actually mean it.