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Liar, Liar Comedy Show: Thursday, January 13th

Posted by Amie / January 10, 2011

Liar, Liar ShowYou maybe don't remember the 1970's game show "The Liar's Club" (or the only slightly improved '80's re-make, "The New Liar's Club", since the first was oh-so-popular...) where sweater vest-wearing comedians tried to dupe a group of Average-Joe Americans with over-the-top lies (and exaggerated truths*). Flash-forward a few decades to this Thursday night's Liar, Liar Show at Le Belmont where 3 comedians will compete for the title of Best Modern Day Bamboozler.

Okay, I made that up. They do get a fun prize though, I swear. Scouts honour, even.

What you need to know for this Thursday's show:
1. There will be three rounds where each comedian tells a story.
2. Two will be lying and 1 will be telling the truth.
3. You, the audience, will vote on who's lying and who's telling the truth.

You maybe have some more questions of why you should spend your hard-earned $12 on this event. I could spend time to trying to explain more but the evening's dapper host, Chris Betts, does it a whole lot better in this video:

The Other Comedians
The local: Asaf Gerchak
The Montreal Adoptee: David Heti. Apparently he has a law degree, so you probably already know how to vote on this guy this Thursday...
The Torontonian: Dave Merheje. I thought all Toronto had was lawyers and bankers? But no, you can't pre-cast your vote on this guy.
Dave Merheje on heartbreak

And here's one of the event's comedians giving an example of what I pray is a lie, as much as I empathize with a child-disliking former camp counselor:
Asaf Gerchak on breaking the hearts of children

If you don't remember the old comedy show The Liar's Club, here's a reminder...
Yes, Betty, you do have to be smart...

...but the Belmont will be a whole lot better. There's booze, you don't have to be a secretary to compete, and most importantly, there's no show budget for sweater vests (so BYO-sweater vest, if you must).

Liar, Liar Show
When: Thursday, January 13, 8-10pm
Where: Le Belmont, 4483 St Laurent
How much: $12 in advance, 15$ at the door.
Advance tickets available at Myriade Cafe (1432 Rue Mackay)

*When I asked show host Chris Betts why the website says two of the three stories each round will be "based in truth" and not just "true", he replied philosophically:

"The art of comedy is to skew reality in such a way as to emphasize the more ludicrous aspects of it and make people laugh while giving them a new perspective on the world, so because of that it's extremely rare for a story to be 100% true (whether on stage or not, most of the stories I hear are generally embellished by the third of fourth telling in order to make it more impressive whether being told by comics or not)." The audience may have their work cut out for them." So comedy is for the gullible and those who enjoy a good yarn. And there I believed him when he said Asaf Gerchak liked to cuddle. Darn.


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