Can you take a joke? If your answer is yes then you should check out Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto. The comedy club has caused people to fall down laughing for over 30 years.
Yuk Yuk’s helped put Canada and Toronto on the map as a serious contender in the funny business. Although the city of Toronto is the birthplace of this comedy institution, there are now over a dozen Yuk Yuk’s clubs across the nation.
Sandra Bernhard, Steven Wright, Danny Bonaduce, Jim Carrey and Dan Ackroyd are just a few of the famous names that have been at Toronto’s top comedy club over the years.
Yuk Yuk’s isn’t really a showcase for the well-known though. It is an opportunity for up and coming comedians to try out new material and start building a name for themselves.
Yuk Yuk’s was created by Toronto resident, Mark Breslin back in 1974. At the age of 24, Breslin thought a small comedy club would draw enough attention for budding comedians eager to entertain an audience. Little did he know at that time how big his concept would become.
The original Yuk Yuk’s was located in a small community centre on Church Street. The admission for a night filled with laughs and the unexpected, just 2 dollars.
Today a lot of the shows run between 20 and 30 dollars, and the club is located at 224 Richmond Street west; between Simcoe and Duncan. Making a reservation is recommended.
As the zany and sometimes outrageous acts grew in popularity more yuk yuk’s clubs were established; most of them in the province of Ontario.
Yuk Yuk’s soon became a household name. When you can’t get a seat at the Toronto comedy club, you can take a short drive to the outskirts of the city and find a Yuk Yuk’s in Ajax, Vaughan or Mississauga.
If you want to Yuk it up, you can also enjoy dinner at the same time. Dining at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club takes place right in the cabaret where the comedians perform.
You can choose from 3 different menus; A La Carte, Light Fare or Deluxe Fare. For a look at the menu and pricing go to www.yukyuks.com, then select “General Info.” The details will be at the bottom of the page.
This website will also give you a glimpse into upcoming performances. Seating in the club is first come; first serve when you are simply attending a show. If you have dinner reservations you will be guaranteed preferred seating.
The shows run for up to 2 hours so in some cases you will be sitting for a long time. It is recommended that you dress comfortably.
There is no specific dress code at Yuk Yuk’s, but there is an age restriction to consider. If you are under 19 you can’t attend a show at Toronto’s hottest comedy club. If you are between 16 and 18 you can watch a show with a parent or guardian.
The professional line-up of comedians changes every week, while the opening acts change nightly. The club is open Tuesdays through Sundays, with each week starting off with amateur night. Show times can vary so it is best to check with the club.
Yuk Yuk’s Toronto has had a colourful history, not only due to the comedic performances, but because of the stars that often pop by to catch a show.
Many of the celebrities, including famous comedians, have had their pictures taken at the club and those photos are showcased throughout the building. It is a reminder of the kind of draw Yuk Yuk’s has established.
Howie Mandel, Russell Peters, Norm MacDonald and Jim Carrey all got their start in the business at Yuk Yuk’s and are considered the biggest comedy talents to come out of Canada. If you have a gift for comedy, Yuk Yuk’s just might be able to help you achieve great success.
To see a show at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto you can visit the box office at the club or purchase a ticket through Ticketmaster. You will find the ticket distributor at www.ticketmaster.ca.
The Toronto Yuk Yuk’s is conveniently located in the Entertainment District of the city. This means you have easy access to public transit, parking and other great entertainment venues.
If you are traveling from out of town, there are a number of hotels nearby that have a reputation for top-notch service. The best part; some of them are within walking distance of the comedy club. Below are some examples of hotels close to Yuk Yuk’s:
- The Rex Hotel
- Sheraton Centre Hotel
- Hyatt Regency Toronto
Yuk Yuk’s is always running contests to help discover the next great comedian. Visit the club’s website for opportunities to share your comedic side.
If you need a laugh or want to entertain someone, Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s is one of the best options. With its long history, good food, great location and hilarious line-up, you can’t go wrong.