In his debut comedy album, Jacob Balshin tackles mohels, masculinity and magic mushrooms

Jacob Balshin poses for the cover of his debut comedy album, '30 And Breathing Funny'.

Jacob Balshin didn’t take a conventional route to stand-up comedy. The Thornhill native majored in philosophy before working a string of random jobs—at Pizza Pizza, a pet store, Costco, Bulk Barn—all while honing his craft. Now he’s releasing his debut comedy album, 30 And Breathing Funny, which he recorded in downtown Toronto on his 30th birthday, filled with stories of dates, drugs and dentists, all delivered in his giggly deadpan style.

After that, David Sklar sits down with director Kevin McKendrick in Victoria, B.C., about their new show, The Guardsman, by Ferenc Molnár, and the surprising Jewish connections that both the playwright and McKendrick have.


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