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March 1 • 8PM
Special Guests include:
Scott Stratten
Tessa Sproule

Comedy Bar
945 Bloor Street West
416-551-6540


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April 5th Guest: SCOTT STRATTEN

Scott is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing.He now has over 165,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com. He has written three best-selling business books, the newest being “QR Codes Kill Kittens” a picture book for fed-up business people. He’s currently writing “UnSelling” due out in the fall of 2014. He’s recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN.com, Inc.com and Fast Company and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA.scott-stratten2.jpg

April 5th Guest: Tessa Sproule

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Tessa Sproule oversees the production of award-winning interactive content for shows like Dragons’ Den, Mr. D, Arctic Air, Murdoch Mysteries, Over the Rainbow, Cracked, Big Decision, Cover Me Canada, Heartland, Steven and Chris, Best Recipes Ever, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and more. Her team creates compelling new ways for audiences to engage and interact with stories as they unfold on the screen and between broadcasts. She believes the success of the modern storyteller lies in their ability to embrace rapidly changing distribution and consumption models, while creating ways for audiences to not just be entertained by a story - but help tell it. 

David Rocco - Guest on March 1

david_rocco-dec2013-760×427.jpgCelebrity chef David Rocco brings his passion for food and healthy cooking to millions of kitchens every day, through his worldwide hit television programs, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway, and David Rocco’s Dolce India along with his two bestselling cookbooks. 

An international celebrity whose profile continues to grow, David is seen in over 150 countries around the world, including in 80 million households each week in the US alone. Called one of “Canada’s Top Ten Style Makers” by Flare magazine, David is constantly featured in a huge variety of media including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, En Route, Nuvo, Food and Drink, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent. He has appeared on broadcast media such as Canada AM, The Marilyn Denis Show, Steven and ChrisConnect, with Mark Kelley, Metro Morning and Fresh Air, to name just a few.

Alan Cross: Guest on March 1

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Alan Cross has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for the past 30 years. He’s worked at radio stations all across the country including Kenora, Brandon, and Winnipeg before landing at CFNY in October, 1986. After 15 years at CFNY / TheEdge, he moved to program director and at Y95 / Y108 in Hamilton. Later, he became Senior Program Director for Corus Interactive, the online arm of Corus Radio. He was Head Curator ofExploreMusic, a truly unique online and on-air feature dedicated to music discovery.

You may heard of his music series, The Ongoing History of New Music, which debuted in February 1993. There have been over 690 one-hour episodes making it  the longest-running music documentary in Canada and one of the longest in North America—if not the world. He has weekly national newspaper column in the Metro commuter paper, four published reference works on alt-rock and four audio books, The Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock. He hosted  ExploreMusic-TV on Bite-TV and Aux, inflight audio programming on Air Canada, and has had various TV guest appearances, written magazine articles and official biographies for rock bands, made appearances in dozens of documentaries, and has had speaking gigs and a lecture series.

Mike Lipkin & “Journeywoman” Evelyn Hannon to Guest on February 1

Join Monkey Toast, the improvised talk show, this Saturday for our first show of 2014. Our guests will include: 

Mike Lipkin: Motivation speaker and author of 11 books, Mike has delivered 150 programs to 40 companies in 19 countries in the past 12 months alone. 

Evelyn Hannon: TIME Magazine named Evelyn one of this century’s innovative thinkers for the work she has done on behalf of females and travel. Her free newsletter connects over 65,000 travelers & journeywoman.com is considered the premiere female-centered online travel resource.

Host: Ron Tite
Monkey Toast Players: Liz Johnston, Jim Annan, Marcel St. Pierre, Leslie Seiler, Jack Mosshammer, and Lisa Merchant.
Musical Director: Mark Bond 

The Comedy Bar
945 Bloor St. West

For advanced tickets call 416-551-6540 or go to comedybar.ca

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Monkey Toast goes on the road. Hello Creemore!

We’re happy to announce that Monkey Toast will take the show on the road this January. We’ll be performing in Creemore at The Avening Hall on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Our special guests will include CBC’s Terry O’Reilly and 97.7 The Beach’s Mariane McLeod.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For advance tickets, click here or visit the Creemore Echo. For more information, contact Sara@creemore.com or call 705.466.9906.  

Food before the show and during intermission will be prepared by Mad Maple Country Inn. Made from scratch with local ingredients and love!

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ANDREW COYNE AND LYRANDA MARTIN EVANS GUEST ON NEXT MONKEY TOAST

With all the political drama of the past few weeks, we’re excited to have Andrew Coyne as a guest on the December 7th show. 

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The former national editor of Maclean’s and an original member of The National Post, where he currently writes, Andrew Coyne has been an editorial writer, columnist and contributor for The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, Saturday Night, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. He is the winner of two National Newspaper Awards and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. He is also a member of the “At Issue” Panel on CBC’s The National and appears on TVO’s The Agenda.

Joining Andrew will be Lyranda Martin Evans, co-author of the hit book, “Reasons Mommy Drinks”. 

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Trevor Burnett joins Mark Tewksbury on November 2

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Trevor Burnett
Guest Lecturer, Spirits Ambassador and Mixologist

Trevor has travelled the globe extensively as an ambassador of spirits and the culture of cocktails. He has trained in Cognac, Paris, the Highlands of Scotland, London, San Juan, and others. He’s been a guest lecturer and special events consultant for the French Embassy in Washington D.C., Much Music Video Awards, and TIFF. He’s appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Etalk, Breakfast Television, and others and has been featured in Chatelaine, National Post, New York Daily News, and the Times of India. He’s traveled to over 125 cities, 25 countries, and 5 continents. 

Mark Tewksbury to Guest on November 2nd Show.

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We’re not sure what the next show will be like but we can safely say that we’ll medal. Join host Ron Tite and the Monkey Toast Players as we welcome Olympic Gold medallist and Chef de Mission for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Mark Tewksbury.

Mark is the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics following the come-from-behind victory in the 100 meter backstroke; an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals from Olympic competitions in 1988 and 1992. Mark’s athletic career highlights include 21 national titles, seven world records, and a cover appearance on TIME magazine. For his outstanding achievements, Mark was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1992, and inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1993, and then the Canadian Sports Hall in 1995.

Beyond the pool, Tewksbury has taken his leadership to the public sphere – traveling the world with the International Olympic Committee and taking a difficult stand against the IOC for athletes’ rights and ethics in sport.

In 2008, Mark was invited on behalf of the Government of France to speak at the United Nations in New York City. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Declaration was presented to the General Assembly to decriminalize homosexuality.

Today, Mark is perhaps best known for the many things he does outside of sport. A celebrated speaker on the international circuit, Mark carries his message of optimism and perseverance to millions of people around the world.

Mark has hosted such popular programs as Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made and the National Film Board’s series, Miracle Body. He’s authored three books and remains a popular media commentator. His latest book, The Great Traits of Champions, co-authored with Debbie Muir, was the basis of a special eight-part series, Top of Your Game, on CBC Newsworld.

The Touching Show

A huge thanks to Chris Tait and Kathryn Greenwood, our guests for the October 5th show. Compelling interviews, amazing performances, and touching interactions.

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