There’s no other place in Toronto quite like Comedy Bar. As Lara Zarum writes in the May 31 cover story of The Grid, the Bloorcourt comedy venue, opened in spring 2008 by comedian Gary Rideout Jr. and then-banker James Elksnitis, has welcomed all comers, from really, really long stand-up routines with lots of Kevin Sorbo jokes to Kevin Sorbo himself. As Pat Thornton—who, along with Rideout Jr., is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe that calls Comedy Bar home, The Sketchersons—told Zarum, “the community has a clubhouse now.” In this week’s episode of The Grid Podcast, I asked Zarum what goes into making that clubhouse work, and why it’s so special.
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The Grid Podcast is produced and edited by David Topping, with music from The Elwins.