Bad Dog Theatre
Don’t be fooled by the humble appearance – this storefront theatre on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue is one of the most important hubs for comedy in Canada, and has been putting on shows, and offering improv and comedy classes since 1982 (in those days it was known as Toronto Theatresports). Over the years, it has featured such performers as Mike Myers, Colin Mochrie, and The Kids in the Hall, but remains remarkably open and welcoming to newcomers. The theatre hosts an extraordinary array of (mostly) improv-based comedy. UPDATE: Bad Dog’s Toronto site has moved. Currently shows and classes will be held at The Comedy Bar until a new permanent location is solidified. Check the main website for details.
The Moonshine Cafe is a great place to hear top quality bands and participate in great open mic sessions. As well, hosts John and Jane welcome Bad Dog Oakville to take the stage on the last Sunday night of the month (usually!). We invite top notch improv performers from Toronto and Oakville to take the stage as well as getting some of our brave students to show off their new talents. There are two shows: one at 7pm (teens allowed) and one at 8:30pm (adults only) that are reasonably priced and extremely hilarious. You can’t find anything in Oakville like it. Come on down and introduce yourself — you’re always welcome!
Jessi Linn Davies is a Toronto-based improv teacher with a gift for teaching kids. Although her site focuses on techniques for working with younger improvisers, although the interesting games she describes would be good for any age. The website is frequently updated with new improv games and exercises, as well as original and often very perceptive thoughts about improv.