Laughing uproariously in public is sometimes inappropriate, which is why people feel most comfortable laughing in comedy clubs or into a jar in the bathroom. Let it all out with this GrouponLive deal: for $7, you get one general-admission ticket to a Friday Night Comedy show or a Saturday Night Game Show at Frankie Tomatto’s at 10 p.m. (a $15 value). Comedy shows are held every Friday, and game shows are held every Saturday.
Frankie Tomatto’s, an all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant, is a destination all its own, from the giant replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa resting against its exterior to its carving station, rotisserie, and bread bar. On weekends, it adds live entertainment to the mix with an ever-changing lineup of performers while audience members watch from seats in the Coliseum.
Friday nights usher in stand-up comedians from a variety of backgrounds. Bald and burly emcee Jason Blanchard takes the stage with his takes on parenting and his years of military service before welcoming Brendan McKeigan to the stage. The former improviser bills himself as “more observant than your creepy neighbour,” riffing on local quirks wherever his travels take him. Recently, his itinerary has included the Sudbury Comedy Festival, where he received a standing ovation. Headlining is the suave Scott Harris, who began his career as a commercial actor and radio broadcaster before breaking into stand-up. His frequent corporate gigs have helped him hone a cache of clean material on topics such as reaching “the age where you have to frown to see things clearly.”
Each Saturday night, a game show takes over the stage. Dramatically dressed dancers and musicians who include an accordion player set a spirited tone as the host—who doubles as a magician—awards prizes to those his white rabbit gets a good feeling about.