I’m a huge live comedy fan, so I was excited about Torontonicity’s invitation to check out the new Second City Toronto main stage show: The Best Is Yet to Come Undone. If you haven’t been to a live comedy show, lately or ever, and you’re in need of serious laughter, this is definitely the show for you!
The current main stage cast has an undeniable chemistry! Sometimes as an audience member you can tell when performers are uncomfortable or nervous, and despite it being opening night, the revue team gave the impression that they had been performing these sketches for years. Impeccable comedic timing, and amazing unity!
The Best Is Yet to Come Undone isn’t filled with cheap shots at easy pop culture targets, they do take on some serious issues like body image, race, and politics with a clear understanding of the issues’ importance. They’ve picked up on common anxieties and fears we all experience and turned them into hilarious moments of self-reflection.
Some of my favourite sketches were the not-so-nice magician, the couple running out of their burning house, and bra liberation. There’s also an amazing Disney clap-back sketch that any 80s or 90s child will burst into laughter over, so listen for a couple of familiar songs.
For anyone who hasn’t been to Second City Toronto’s 51 Mercer Street location before, make sure to get there early if you’re driving as parking is limited. I would recommend taking the TTC though as not only does the venue itself provide beer and cocktail options during the show – without needing intermission for another round – but Mercer Street itself has a couple of great locations for grabbing a bite or two: Our friends at Victor, right across the street, located on the first floor of Le Germain Hotel have negroni on tap, or check out Mascot Brewery directly east of Second City for some good beer.
I have to give a huge shout out to Brandon Hackett, Stacey McGunnigle, and Chris Wilson, who had some stellar performances. It felt like they really took charge in many of the scenes, setting the tone for fellow comedians, supporting where appropriate, and elevating everyone as a whole. Great job to all three for such strong writing as well!
If you’re worried about being selected to come up on stage during an improv bit, make sure to request the seats on the periphery. I only bring this up because I have a couple of friends with crippling stage and public speaking anxiety, and have missed out on fantastic comedy shows due to this fear. The current Second City team is so amazing, that you would undoubtedly have a fun time if they did pull you up on stage… just saying.
I’ve already recommended the show to several of my friends in hopes of going back myself, as that’s how strongly I feel about The Best Is Yet To Come Undone. If you’re looking for a fun night out, or need a good laugh after a stressful time at work, buy yourself tickets to this Second City Toronto comedy show. Then let us know what your favourite sketch was by commenting below. Enjoy!
Tickets for The Best Is Yet To Come Undone are General Admission from $27-$30 and Reserved Admission from $42-$50. Purchase tickets online or at the Second City Toronto Box Office.