What: Capital City Comedy
Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32.75 ($22.75 for students and alumni) from tickets.uvic.ca
Why: The University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium opens its 2019-2020 season with Capital City Comedy, a showcase of the Island’s best standup comics. Hosted by Mike Delamont, the show will feature local comedians Andrew Mack, Rosa Graham, Chelsea Lou, Evan Mumford, Shane Priestley and Mikey Dubs, who were hand-picked by Delamont, who will perform opening and closing sets.
What: Over the River and Through the Woods
Where: Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Ct.
When: Sept. 25 through Oct. 12
Tickets: $18-$24 from langhamtheatre.ca or 250-384-2142
Why: New Jersey is the setting for Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro’s Off-Broadway hit from 1998, which tackles the Italian-American identity in a way multiple generations can identify with. Directed by Jason Vikse, this family comedy tells the story of an upwardly mobile New Yorker (played by Liam McDonald) whose Sunday dinners with his two sets of grandparents take a surprise turn once the prospect of him moving to Seattle is revealed.
What: Rhye with Loony
Where: Capital Ballroom, 858 Yates St.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $34.50 from eventbrite.ca
Why: Tickets to see Toronto performer Rhye — who earned two Juno Award nominations this year for Blood — will be snapped up before the show starts, so act now if you’re interested in seeing the local debut from the mysterious performer. Fans were once in the dark about the person behind the name, but the slow emergence of Mike Milosh into the public has generated feverish support from fans and critics alike. Rhye’s latest project, Spirit, could greatly increase the piano-playing singer-composer’s visibility.