I have something to admit. I’m a comedy nerd. So when I heard that Amy Schumer was coming to Toronto, I had to get tickets. I was thrilled to find out that two of my comedy favourites, Mike Birbiglia and Dave Attell, were also on the bill.
Amy Schumer pulled together an amazing line up for the Trainwreck Comedy Tour in support of her first feature film, Trainwreck. The comedy, directed by comedy guru Judd Apatow, co-stars Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Colin Quinn and Dave Attell. The show proceeds benefited the David Lynch Foundation.
The audience was treated to more than two hours of solid comedy. Saturday Night Live cast member, Vanessa Bayer, opened the show. Her set was short and sweet. The highlight of her set was when SNL character, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, made an appearance.
Mike Birbiglia followed with his smart and thoughtful observation-style comedy. He has a boyish, innocent way of recounting stories that makes him so endearing. I’m a big Birbiglia fan. His special, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and movie Sleepwalk with Me are two of my favourites (both on Netflix).
Having only seen Colin Quinn on SNL’s Weekend Update in the late 90s, I wasn’t sure what to expect from his set. He didn’t disappoint. He brought his strong Brooklyn, NYC personality to the stage. If you’re a fan of Quinn, check out his recent appearance on fellow-comedian Greg Fitzsimmons’ podcast Fitz Dog Radio.
Dave Attell, praised regularly by fellow comedians, brought his usual sharp and gruff wit. His set was a faced-paced and cutting. He didn’t disappoint. He’s a curmudgeon – in the best sense of the word.
After an intermission, Judd Apatow took the stage. Known for his comedy writing and directing (This is 40, Freaks and Geeks, Funny People), Apatow was back doing stand up for the seven-city tour after a 20-year hiatus. He is obviously a talented director and producer, but his time seemed stilted and unrelatable (i.e. griping about the US President wanting to host an event at his house). I’m really looking forward to delving into his book of interviews with comedians that just came out – Sick in the Head.
Amy Schumer closed out the show with a solid set. She brought her honest and candid style to the show. What to say – she was her usual, cutting yet sweet self. Looking forward to checking out her movie writing and acting skills when Trainwreck opens in theatres on July17.
Link to trailer: http://youtu.be/xETobANYaNc