Funniest comic in Vancouver at ACT

Contributed Comedian Toby Hargrave performs at the ACT on Saturday. -
Contributed Comedian Toby Hargrave performs at the ACT on Saturday.
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Comedian Toby Hargrave is making his first appearance at Ha Ha’s Comedy Cabaret at the ACT.

Hargrave was named the Funniest Comic in Vancouver after competing in a 10-day competition.

"It just goes to show you that the competition means very little,” laughs Hargrave.

Hargrave has performed at the Vancouver Comedy festival, the Whistler Comedy Festival, as well as with other top comedians at the International Comedy Lay Off, hosted by Yuk Yuk's in Toronto.

Originally from Edmonton, Hargrave has been a stand up comedian for seven years. He got his start when he was encouraged by another comedian to perform at amateur night at Yuk Yuk’s in Edmonton. He did, and three months later he quit his job as a restaurant manager.

Hargrave got his first break when he was featured in an article on the front page of the Edmonton Journal after performing at the local Yuk Yuk's. Hargrave had a hard time understanding why he had even made it on to the front page.

“This job is all about illusion,” he says.

“People thought I was maybe doing a little better than I was. In the meantime, I was looking at declared bankruptcy.”

Hargrave lives in Vancouver now and loves it. “July was great – getting settled. August – I basically sat in my house wondering what the hell I was doing,” he says.

It seems August is a bad month for comedians because the weather is warm and it’s daylight until 10 p.m.

Last Monday, Hargrave debuted as Homeless Harold in Aliens from America, a situation comedy on CW, a CBS affiliate. Homeless Harold is a homeless guy who bootlegs movies and CDs for high school students. In return, they invite him to all their parties. Homeless Harold could be a recurring character, but Hargrave said it depends on the ongoing strike by Hollywood screenwriters.

• Doors open at 8:30 in the Genstar Studio Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17th.

• To purchase tickets, call (604) 476-2787

• Tickets are $23.50

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