When we asked the one-woman laugh fest Rebecca Kohler what she was worked up about currently, she couldn’t say enough about festivals of an other kind: An O.J. Simpson fest, a craft fest and, well, a lobster fest (of sorts). But seriously folks, here are three things the LOL-level comedian, who on Saturday night at the Comedy Bar is taping a live comedy album, recommends.
What she’s watching: “Hot on the heels of watching the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson, a friend suggested I check out the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America. Normally, I have zero interest in football or anything football related. … I figured it would be all the same information I’d just been exposed to without the glamour of fiction. Boy, was I wrong. The five-part doc was some of the most riveting programming I’ve ever seen. While the FX series … was an exciting, thoughtful, yet soap-opera-esque look at O.J., this miniseries took what was already fascinating and magnified it. Excellent.”
What she’s looking forward to: “It’s a few months away, but City of Craft is an annual must for me. Held at the Theatre Centre from Dec. 9 to 11, this craft fair kills two birds with one stone: fun, and holiday shopping. Vendors sell beautifully handcrafted products, ranging from soap to ceramics to pillowcases to terrariums. I always run into people I know, and I always buy a bunch of gifts (mostly for me). And it feels good to support local artists. Okay, you’re actually killing, like, eight birds with one stone. And it feels amazing.”
What she just saw: “It’s no longer in theatres but if you haven’t seen The Lobster, please find a way to see it now. This super dark Colin Farrell comedy made me laugh more than anything had in years – and I’m a comedian, and nothing makes me laugh any more. A kind of futuristic, sci-fi take on relationships and online dating, The Lobster offers an abstract yet contextualized view of the worst side of both singledom and coupledom. No matter what your life situation, The Lobster reminds us that the grass is always yellower on the other side. So awful. So great.”
Rebecca Kohler plays the Comedy Bar, Aug. 27, 8 and 10 p.m. $10. 945 Bloor St. W., 416-551-6540 or comedybar.ca.Report Typo/Error