Reggie Watts, Simon Amstell, and Andy Milonakis Will Headline NXNE Comedy, 6/18 - 6/22
One-man musical mastermind and comedian Reggie Watts, British stand-up star Simon Amstell, Kroll Show's Andy Milonakis, and Macaulay Culkin's The Pizza Underground will headline NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) Comedy this June 18-22, 2014, sponsored by Fleshlight.
NXNE Comedy will host The Pizza Underground Brunch, an all-ages show at the Edward Day Gallery on Friday, June 20, where NXNE wristband and pass holders will be treated to free pizza and a lunch-time performance by Macaulay Culkin's The Pizza Underground, who re-work Velvet Underground songs into odes about pizza. The Pizza Underground will have an additional NXNE Comedy performance that same evening at The Great Hall.
NXNE Comedy has confirmed over 100 comics from across North America, performing stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy throughout the festival dates. The lineup includes Scott Thompson, who recently revived his Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole to report on the Sochi Olympics for The Colbert Report; and Darrin Rose, the host of Match Game, a recent guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In partnership with Empire Comedy Live, NXNE Comedy will also present Kurt Braunohler, a regular on @midnight and Chelsea Lately; Robert Kelly, as seen on HBO and Comedy Central; and DeAnne Smith, a festival favourite at Just for Laughs.
NXNE Comedy will spotlight Toronto's top comics, such as Mark Little, one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch in 2013; Dylan Gott, the host of The Sport Brahs on Sirius/XM Radio; Nigel Grinstead, winner of the 2013 Cream of Comedy Award; Canadian Comedy Award winner Steve Patrick Adams; Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Mark DeBonis; Matt O'Brien, Winner of Best Standup at LA Comedy Festival; and Eddie Della Siepe, a regular on Much's Video on Trial.
Returning to NXNE Comedy for special festival presentations are the Canadian Comedy Awards Alumni Show, featuring past award-winning comics; Comedy Records, who will showcase their roster with multiple shows at Free Times Cafe; Toronto's popular verbal smackdown show Rapp Battlez; original fan-generated material based on legendary manga series Sailor Moon, brought to life by Toronto comedians at The Fan Fiction Show; The Epic Nerd Show presents 3 shows with the geekiest of nerd comedy; Raw & Hard, a comedy show on the filthy side; a special edition of Sunday Night Live with The Sketchersons; five nights of cannabis friendly comedy at Vapor Central; and Strip Comedy, where comics take an item of clothing off for every joke that bombs. For the full NXNE Comedy line-up, visit www.nxne.com/comedy.
NXNE Comedy wristband holders will be granted entry to the Marc Maron keynote speech at NXNE Interactive at the Hyatt Regency on Wednesday June 18, andNXNE Film will screen comedy films at Bloor Cinema for the Laugh Sabbath Film Fest, a collection of comedy shorts selected by Toronto's comedy group Laugh Sabbath. All NXNE badges and wristbands are now available online at nxne.com/tickets.