Chris Robinson JFL42, Comedy Bar, Toronto ON, September 21

Chris Robinson JFL42, Comedy Bar, Toronto ON, September 21
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Canada has always been known for producing great comedians, and Chris Robinson is one of the newest additions to that history. Presenting himself as a normal guy in his 20s who watches porn and uses too much slang, Robinson is immediately likeable and relatable, but he also sneaks in some seriously smart material about topics like fragile masculinity, relationship dynamics and fetishes.
 
Robinson's opener Patrick Hakeem was also a great testament to the new crop of Canadian comics. His bit about internally debating how to flirt as a half-Latino, half-Middle Eastern man was as unique as it was funny, while his joke about how Facebook breeds hate between people was more enjoyably acerbic.
 
Robinson knew how to hit the beats of a long story, like his narrative about celebrating his birthday for the first time after he stopped being a Jehovah's Witness, but mostly Robinson just lined up one carefully crafted observational bit after the other. Running the gamut of subjects from racism to raccoons, his hour approached every topic in unexpected ways. His closer about gangbangs was amusingly more about Canadian hockey players than sex. Better yet, his joke about finding fishnets arousing ended with a hilarious twist involving bagged avocados.