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Danforth Comedy Festival – HERE – The Improvised Musical

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT

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Comedy Nuggets presents The Danforth Comedy Festival Comedy live on The Danforth!

This show is part of the Danforth Comedy Festival, which is a 5-day comedy festival along the Danforth in Toronto’s east end – Aug 4-6 & Aug 11-12.

Comedy Nuggets is committed to providing a fun night out. This show is part of a guaranteed good night out with a date, family (subject matter often R rated) or group of friends. If you’re looking for a good time, this is one of the best things to do this weekend in Toronto.

HERE: The (Improvised) Musical

HERE: The (Improvised) Musical is one of Chicago’s most lauded shows and honored to be celebrated globally in the artform. HERE is the original two-person improvised musical with Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto; Chicago Tribune Critic-Recommended (the highest ranked improv show), Chicago Sun Times “Not to Be Missed”, and deemed “Nothing Short of Genius” by NPR, this show has been brought to 24 countries and 80+ cities worldwide so far. The actors and the show have been featured in all the above publications, as well as 614 Magazine, Columbus Alive, Dispatch, & Underground, The Free Press, Time Out Chicago, and many more locally around the world. HERE is known for residencies in two theatres consistently: iO Chicago in Illinois, and The Nest Theatre in Columbus, OH, as a featured mainstage act around ongoing tours.

In HERE, Tara and Rance get one suggestion to create theme through an opening number, design characters and storylines inspired by that theme, and effortlessly weave the strings together to discover one piece. Funny, beautiful, and charming, HERE “has shown something new and amazing is possible in improvisation” and has been called groundbreaking by audiences around the globe.”

Tara DeFrancisco

Tara believes in the power of connection & collaboration of improvisation on a cellular level. She is a veteran performer of 6000+ shows on multiple world-renowned stages, including The Second City (TourCo, Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, Mainstage/etc swing), ComedySportz (Chicago + CBus ensembles and AD), and iO Chicago (Chaos Theory, The DelTones, defrancisCo, Armando, & HERE). You may also hear her in voiceovers (Sirius, Rocky Rococo, Crocs, 7 Little Johnstons), in commercials  or industrials (Sheetz, Dish TV, Vegas.com, US Cellular, Sears, SunTrust), in movies (The Life + Times of An Unhappily Married Man), on Internet Game Show (One Hot Dollar), and here and there in television (ABC Family, LOGO TV). She believes in that the tenets of improvisation & vulnerability of comedy are transformational and life-changing, and hopes she gets to share the joy it has brought her with you.

Rance Rizzutto

Rance has been professionally improvising since 1999 on stages all around the world. Starting in Portland, OR with ComedySportz, Rance soon found his calling as a mainstage performer after a big move to Chicago to work professionally in improvisation. He sustained multiple tours with Second City Theatricals aboard Norweigian Cruise Lines, heading to Hawaii, the Caribbean, and multiple countries throughout Europe. In Chicago, he most connected with iO Theatre where he became an adored mainstage performer and host featured on such beloved teams Chaos Theory, The Deltones, Armando – and later, lauded two-person touring duo, “HERE: The (Improvised) Musical” which tours globally as invited headliners at festivals, schools, and performing arts centers.

Joining HERE for this show will be –


– Derek Forgie (Last Comic Standing)


– George Rigden (Edinburgh Festival)

NOTE: Online pre-sales end an hour before showtime. Tickets also available at the door.

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$35 ADV | $40 DOOR. www.comedybar.ca
Seating: 6:30 pm, Showtime: 7:00 pm.
* The show starts promptly at 8:05 pm.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the show is cancelled by Comedy Nuggets.

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August 5
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm EDT
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Comedy Bar Danforth
2800 Danforth Ave,
Toronto, ON M4C 1M1 Canada
(416) 551-6540
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