Welcome to the Holiday red zone, that magical time of year when those procrastinators among us start to sweat. Deadlines can sometimes inspire our greatest ingenuity, it’s true. But for those of you out there who are feeling the encroachment of gift-giving anxiety, your friends at TOsketchfest are here to help. We asked a few festival friends for their top last-minute gifting ideas for the comedy lover in your life.
Ashley Comeau – The Lusty Mannequins (Toronto)
I like to give the comedy lover in my life a funny book by Mortician Caitlin Doughty. Nothing says holiday cheer like chatting about our pending mortality. What legacy will us comedians leave behind, ya know? This book is written by a very witty, death positivity advocate who also teaches you so much as she makes you giggle. I don’t know about you, but I want an outdoor cremation on a pyre in Colorado now! Maybe you will too! Check out “From Here to Eternity: Travelling the world to find The Good Death.”
Doug Morency – The Williamson Playboys (Toronto)
My last minute gift idea is a tube of Bengay – Pain relieving cream
This is a great gift because nothing says Merry Christmas you like a topical ointment. After a hard night of laughing, comedy lovers need a penetrating salve to soothe their overworked stomach muscles.. It’s also a gift that you can be certain that no one else is going to get them. Wrap a tube for under the tree or use it as a stocking stuffer. It’s the perfect gift that’s easy on the wallet.
Erin Hall – Festival Director, Montréal Sketchfest (Montréal)
I am a big advocate of presence before presents for Christmas. One way to facilitate a hang out is to buy you and your bud or family member a pair of tickets to a local comedy show! These suckers are normally cheap, you get to hang out with your friend/loved one (far more memorable than a pair of socks) + you also get to see a sweet comedy show (BONUS).
Anand Rajaram – (Toronto)
I love video games with P4R-Gaming boosts, so maybe this is a suggestion only I think is good, but I love Story Cubes – a set of nine dice with different pictures on them. You can play however you want, roll all the dice at once or one by one, then tell a story using the images. I took them to dinner with my niece and nephew (age 8 and 13) and we played making up stories! The stories are as wild as the people making them up – a great improv tool too!
Gavin Crawford (Toronto)
I am a sucker for anything from thinkgeek.com and this year my go to for comedy pals is Golden Girls Clue.
Catch Gavin Saturdays at 11ET on CBC Radio’s Because News.
Kirsten Rasmussen (Toronto)
Evany Rosen’s new book!!! everyone loves a funny educational read! “What I think happened!”
Damien Nelson – Publicist (Toronto)
The Jelly of the Month Club.
This is the perfect gift for a comedy fan because they will immediately get the reference from the classic comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and it’s the gift that keep on givin’ the whole year.
And of course, we would be remiss if we did not suggest the TOsketchfest Festival Pass. Your one-price access to ALL of Toronto’s fav comedy festival. 11 nights of laughs on 5 Toronto stages by 60+ acts from across North America and beyond. All for just $75 ’til December 31st. – Get yours today
We hope you’ve enjoyed our festive gift-giving guide. You’ll no doubt agree, it’s loaded with excellent ideas that’ll make your funny-fan gleam with joy this Holiday Season.
From all of us at TOsketchfest, we wish you a safe and laughter-filled Holiday, and the very best in 2018!
See you in March!