PHOTO BY PAUL SMITH COURTESY OF TOUCHWOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS

After appearing on shows such as CBC’s Mr. D, the Comedy Network’s Match Game, and Much Music’s Video on Trial, comedian Darrin Rose is coming to Toronto. Rose, who previously toured across Canada for his special, My Dad’s Other Son, is set to perform his new comedy and variety show Darrin Rose’s Fun Night Out at the University of Toronto’s very own Isabel Bader Theatre on February 10. In an interview with The Varsity, he spoke about what viewers can expect from the show.

In a callback to old fashioned variety shows, the show will begin with a showy opening number, a reggae dancehall performance by the Cadence Dance Academy. Following this will be a performance by Mysterion and Steffi Kay, the magicians that comprise The Sentimentalists. This duo creates mind-bending experiences for their audience, delivering with both humour and class.

Rose says that his standup performance will feature all new material, including stories about dating, love, and family. When asked about boundaries in his material, Rose says, “I think people should be able to talk about whatever they want.” While there may be topics he tries to avoid, his focus is real-life comedy. He jokes, “I tell hurtful stories about my friends and family.” Rose’s frankness and humour calls for an exciting night.

Eleven other comedians will also be hitting the stage with Rose, among them Graham Chittenden and Aisha Brown. Chittenden is a comedian who has also served as a writer on Mr. D and Just for Laughs. Brown has appeared in the Just for Laughs festival, as well as Sketchfest and Toronto’s Field Trip festival.

Altogether, Fun Night Out looks to be something to anticipate this February. The show will be “high-energy… like a little party,” says Rose. By incorporating dance and magic into the setlist, its lineup pushes the boundaries of a typical comedy show, surely not one to be forgotten.

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