Morgan Murphy JFL42, Comedy Bar, Toronto ON, September 22
Published Sep 23, 2017Morgan Murphy is a treasure. Her debut special, Irish Goodbye, was one of my personal favourites on Netflix, but she never got the recognition she deserves, because she's been hiding away in writing rooms instead of doing standup and going on the road. Now that she's back to focusing on standup, it's a joy to see her triumphant return.
Murphy's sensibility is dry, deadpan and entirely focused on her incredible writing. She described the diverse lineup of people she's had sex with as being like a ragtag team of men assembled for a blockbuster action movie. She compared being a hipster and being Muslim with the punch line "Most of them are fine, but it's ruined by a few." She admitted that her doctor told her she can't have kids — but that doctor was her psychiatrist. One after another, every line was beautifully tailored and brilliantly witty.
The 2 Broke Girls writer also had some wonderful openers. Keith Pedro quickly got the crowd warmed up with his set about a guy who you can pay to kick a man down the stairs, and how he dealt with his daughter's bully. His enthusiastic delivery was the most memorable thing about his performance, but the number of callbacks he wove into his set was also impressive. Additionally, Graham Chittenden was just as funny with his smart, one-of-a-kind observations about over-the-top Buzzfeed-style dessert recipes.