“Cannabis Comedy Tour” Brings Ron Funches to Marquee Theatre in Tempe July 29
It’s one you share with people and it makes you kinda giddy and happy – unless it makes you paranoid and scared, then it’s probably not for you. For a lot of people it makes them happy and giggly and more sociable, and it’s a more enjoyable way to do comedy and to have people see your comedy – as long as they’re not like, asleep. Your whole act is about challenging assumptions, tackling topics people expect to hear from you – like race – but in very different ways. I’m really just talking about how I live my life, and I can’t help people’s expectations in that regard. For me, it’s just important to portray how I really am and the type of person and the jokes that I want to see in comedy. It’s fun to challenge people’s stereotypes and remind people that we’re all people and we all have the same fears and desires. You’ve done a little bit of everything when it comes to comedy: voice work, film, television, stand-up. Acting is wonderful because I stay home and I love to act and I like being on set, but you always have to wait to tell people that you have a job. I’m excited to come out there and do some shows and do some comedy. I hope people come out; it’s a free show and I’m good at comedy so it seems ridiculous if they won’t go.
Toronto’s Marijuana Infused Comedy Scene
The center of Canada’s comedy universe is home to a series of weekly rooms where audience members can openly smoke marijuana while enjoying some of the best standup the city has to offer. Third Klass Thursdays along with Weedy Wednesdays and Stoner Sundays are three of the biggest weekly standup shows in Toronto, vapor lounge or not and all three happen at Vapor Central on Yonge Street. Despite hosting three of the biggest weekly shows in the city, Chris won’t take credit for creating the weed-infused comedy circuit. Joey aka Puff Mama is a former comedy club employee at the now defunct Comedy Wood in Toronto. She started producing her own shows once the club shut down. Local comedian Rob Mailloux has performed on and produced several shows at Underground. With consistently sold out rooms featuring touring pros and stacked lineups of local acts, the Vapor Lounge series of shows are some of the strongest and most successful in the city. It’s a community of shows that’s thriving in the heavily saturated Toronto comedy scene. There are a few rules that everyone must follow at the shows. Whether visiting Toronto as a comedian, comedy fan, marijuana enthusiast or curious cat, the Vapor Lounge series of shows are worth checking out.
Netflix’s Marijuana Dispensary Comedy ‘Disjointed’ Is the Worst-Reviewed Show of the Summer
Rotten Tomatoes, the popular online TV show and movie review aggregator, compiled a list of the 27 TV shows and events that premiered this summer with more than 20 reviews from critics, and ranked them from highest-reviewed to lowest. The loser was Netflix’s newest comedy, Disjointed. Disjointed stars Kathy Bates as a lifelong marijuana advocate who opens a dispensary with three budtenders, her son and a security guard. According to reviews, the show’s basically just a generic sitcom that repeats the same old tired marijuana jokes you’ve heard your entire life. High Maintenance, another marijuana comedy that aired on HBO last fall, received a 94 percent from Rotten Tomatoes for its first season. Netflix had a pretty up-and-down summer according to Rotten Tomatoes. They also had a hit with the new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was the third highest rated show of the summer, and Master of None, which was the highest rated show of the summer with a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It should be noted that the show was created by Chuck Lorre, notable for his work on Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. So if multi-camera sitcoms with laugh tracks aren’t your thing, you probably won’t care for Disjointed.
When Cannabis and Comedy Collide: An Interview with “Medicinal” Mike Boris
Comedy and cannabis have gone hand-in-hand for many years. While cannabis was still very much underground, comedy relating to cannabis began to emerge. Not only does Mike show the lighter side of cannabis, but he is also committed to spreading the truth about the amazing medical properties of the plant to an ever-widening audience. A mix of education, music, comedy and cannabis, Nuglife is the first-ever cannabis education show on syndicated terrestrial radio. I recently got a chance to talk with Medicinal Mike about his career, radio show and the cannabis community in general. Medicinal Mike: When I was a child every kid’s parents smoked cannabis but we all knew not to tell anyone. MM: The cannabis belt started as a way to educate people on cannabis therapy vs opiate pharmaceuticals. Steve’s Garden is a cannabis education muppet style show geared to educate responsibly to all ages and to have your ribs splitting from laughter. Through his humor, Michael Boris has brought the truth about cannabis to an untold number of people around the country and around the world. Through humor we will reach people unreachable in any other way, and they will see the light shine on the cannabis plant and all the amazing things it can do.