“Girls just wanna have stage time.” – Daniela Saioni (WEG founder)
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
West End Girls is more than just a monthly stand-up comedy room in Toronto: it is a movement.
Born in a humble cafe in Parkdale called Poor John’s in September of 2009, West End Girls was a response to the need for more stage time for female comics. By that time, Toronto was already bursting at the seams with fresh female talent looking for places to play.
In 2010, West End Girls did the first in a series of Best of West End Girls shows at Comedy Bar which attracted capacity crowds.
In April of 2012, we moved the regular monthly show from Poor John’s to a larger space upstairs at The Rhino to accommodate our growing audience, and by March 2013 we had outgrown that space.
After a couple of shows at The Lot, we now have a monthly Saturday show at the Comedy Bar Mainspace. Comedy Bar was voted #1 Comedy Club by readers of NOW and The Grid several times over.
Toronto’s West End is known for being arty, edgy and independent, which makes it the perfect place to develop the West End Girls brand of smart, frank and funny.
Every month, veteran comics take the mic, along with women from various stages in their comedy careers. Some notable acts have included Sandra Shamas, Martha Chaves, Jo-Anna Downey, Shelley Marshall, Sandra Battaglini, Dawn Whitwell and so many more, for a total of over 120 female comics and 30 token boys to date.
Every West End Girls lineup includes one token boy as a tongue-in-cheek statement on the programming habits of most comedy clubs. Token boys have included some of Toronto’s best indie comics: Gavin Crawford, Mark Little, Nile Seguin, Bob Kerr, Dave Merheje, Bobby Mair, Dom Pare and Nathan MacIntosh.
We hear it from fans over and over again: West End Girls shows are not only hilarious, they are an aphrodisiac. So gather up a posse of your best friends, or bring a date. It is always a memorable night of comedy!