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Toronto City Life » 2015 » January

Archive for January, 2015

Flying Beaver sessions: Scott Thompson on being first

Posted on January 19th, 2015 Be the first to comment

There’s just not much money in it:

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Flying Beaver sessions: Scott Thompson and the Fleshlight

Posted on January 18th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Scott and Maggie Cassella discussing equal opportunity sex toys:

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Flying Beaver sessions: Scott Thompson and sexuality

Posted on January 16th, 2015 Be the first to comment

Deep in the gooey grey mush of sexual nuance with Scott and Maggie Cassella at the Flying Beaver Pubaret:

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Flying Beaver sessions: Scott Thompson and the Griffin Awards

Posted on January 15th, 2015 Be the first to comment

On Toronto’s downtown-east side sits a quiet, unassuming, and intimate little comedy club called the Flying Beaver Pubaret.

The establishment is split into two halves: one a traditional Canadian booze can and the other a sliver of a (usually) comedic performance area. I’d find it shocking if a forty people could find room to watch a show and a hundred would probably fill up the place entirely. These capacity limits have not, however, been big concerns whenever I’ve visited.

Basically, the aptly named Pubaret isn’t spacious or particularly remarkable, and while it features many struggling and up-and-coming comics it’s not the kind of place you’d think to rub elbows with the likes of Kids In The Hall’s Scott Thompson or the incomparable Paul Bellini (also of KITH fame).

Yet the Flying Beaver is exactly the place to experience this juxtaposition in a truly intimate way — “rub elbows” can be taken literally. This is one of those iconic places, those awesome and seemingly undiscovered spots in which you can feel history being made. And did I mention that most of the interactive, meaty, uncensored, off-the-cuff discussions can be experienced for the price of a beer or two (and you get the beer)? That shit still blows my mind.

Here’s an example of the magic in which Pubaret co-owner Maggie Cassella asks Scott to recount his experiences performing at the Griffin Poetry Prize awards:

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