Donny and Marie in Toronto – Great Entertainers!

Just home from a great show put on by Donny and Marie (Osmond) in Toronto.  Now those are entertainers.  They sing their own songs, they can dance and they can make us laugh (and maybe cry a bit).

I know that some don’t feel the way I do about them or may not even know who I’m talking about.  But Donny and Marie were my every Friday night growing up.  They were part of the last really great variety shows like Sonny and Cher and Carol Burnett.

I’ve seen their show in Vegas and it was fantastic.  Much more intimate.  Tonight there was a lot of the same bits and songs but quite a few new ones. Both shows were great in their own ways.  I truly enjoyed the new songs just as much as I did the old favourites. Amazingly, Donny said that they have been in showbiz for 48 years.  He’s working on his 60th album.

Their voices are so strong, the show is great for all ages. As Donny said on Breakfast Television, for those from 9 to 90. And I did have my 9 year old niece with me tonight and I think that she enjoyed it.

If you are a fan like me (or just enjoy a great show) and have the time, check them out at the Four Season Centre for Performing Arts before July 17th. Which I must say, that place is gorgeous and the sound is incredible.

And in the style of the Donny and Marie show, let me just say Good Night Everyone!

Just for Laughs Toronto

With the Just for Laughs Festival now having shows in Toronto, we get to laugh like we’re in Montreal.  The other night, my friend invited me to attend one of the Just for Laughs Galas.  When I looked at the list of those that were performing, I had only heard of one out of the 6 comedians.  And that one, I knew that I didn’t like.  But, with numbers on my side, I knew statistically, that one of the other 5 had to funny.  And I was pleasantly surprised.  Each of the other 5 were pretty fun.  Some more than others.

The host for the night was Demetri Martin.  He was an entertaining choice for host.  He started the night out with getting us laughing and  was a good tie together between the other, very different, comedians.   The continued with some good laughs, even a few almost to the point of tears for me.  Which is a very rare occurrence.

First off was, Elon Gold who seemed to hit the jokes of a typical Jewish comedian.  I did get a few good chuckles out of some of this stories.  But why is it that we can have such a good laugh at jokes that are so politically incorrect?  You laugh, you feel so uncomfortable, but you just can’t stop.

Following him was, Tim Minchin or maybe it was Harland Williams.   Sort of forget the exact order.  It was 3 days ago after all.  Tim had a very unique musical style to his comedy and his hair and clothing (unbelievable tight jeans).  It was all done in song.  The crazy hair, the tight jeans and the songs just made you laugh a bit.  Until the last song, where you either laughed hysterically, or couldn’t find it in yourself to even smile a bit.

Harland Williams is not my cup of tea and I don’t really understand the hype about his comedy.  He has a huge fan following and you either love him or can’t really stand him.  I’m in the can’t stand camp.  But to each his/her own.
Tommy Tiernan.  What can I say?  What is with Irish comedians?  They can say just about anything and with that accent and their energy, you just have to laugh.  No matter the amount of swearing or level of uncomfortable moments, it’s just a laugh.  Good on you Tommy Tiernan.

Finally, the night closed up with Gabriel Iglesias who had me laughing from the moment he walked out.  The Hawaiian shirts, the predicaments that he’s gotten into, the life experience stories, his 5 levels of overweight (he’s a fluffy) and his ability to make himself sound like a 12 year old school girl, it was comedy gold.  I came home and found his Hot & Fluffy Comedy Tour on YouTube.  The various clips are pretty funny, in my opinion.  Enjoy!