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REVIEW: Live from Toronto, It's Thursday Night!!!!

SNL alumni Chris Kattan, Horatio Sanz and Rob Schneider arrived in Toronto Thursday for a memorable, and hilarious, evening of stand-up comedy, the proceeds of which will go to the Israel Cancer Research Fund

By: Daniel Koren
Published: November 19th, 2013 in Culture » Stage » News
Chris Kattan (left) and Horatio Sanz at Live from Toronto, It's Thursday Night!

Ever watch the glory days of Saturday Night Live and wish they miraculously decided to relocate the show from New York to the media circus that is currently Ontario's most populated city?

Well it appears you are not the only one.

Presented by the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), in conjunction with Magen Boys Entertainment and Mandell Entertainment, ICRF Presents: Live from Toronto, It's Thursday Night came to fruition this past Thursday, featuring three SNL All-stars (Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and the legendary Rob Schneider) who collectively have been making us laugh for the past twenty years, plus a few very special guests.

ICRF puts on such an event every year, bringing together live entertainment and a shared mission to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. The reception gave guests the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, bid on silent auctions, and on some extraordinary signed memorabilia, all of the proceeds of which are donated to ICRF's several research grants.

Since 1975, the ICRF has opened chapters in six cities across three countries (the U.S., Canada and Israel), with medical researchers, oncologists, and lay people fighting for cancer cures and therapies through harnessing the knowledge, educational resources and scientific research of Israel’s best and brightest scientists. The ground-breaking scientific research funded by ICRF is helping to save the lives of cancer patients in Toronto, North America and throughout the world.

To date, ICRF’s funding has reached 1,939 grants totalling $45,845,000.

ICRF Presents: Live from Toronto, it's Thursday Night encapsulated the spirit and ambience of primetime SNL; as guests took to their seats, the Thursday Night Live (TNL) band played some sweet electric guitar-fuzed jazz, complete with a full brass section.


(Chris Kattan, Richard Flomen, Horatio Sanz, Jeff Bly, Jon Hanser and Rob Schneider)

Opening comedians came to the stage to lighten up the mood, making quirks about how there's always a celebration in Toronto during the World Cup (except for on Bathurst street since 'Israel and the Philippines never win'). Then, the evening's host, Horatio Sanz, was called to the stage.

It took him all but thirty seconds to mention (and subsequently ridicule) Rob Ford.

Mind you, this could be expected.

Considering the night came at the heels of Ford's "I've got more than enough to eat at home" comment, one would assume this would serve as fodder for comedians as experienced, and as topical, as Schneider, Sanz and Kattan.

It also provided a few sensational zingers to the evening's special guest, a Toronto legend who announced his campaign for office during the introductory segment of his address, pointing out "C'mon, you've done worse!"

The applause that greeted him was genuine; it's been a while since anyone saw Ed the Sock on stage. During his spiel, the Sock mentioned the rabbi who discovered $98,000 in a desk he bought off Craig's List, adding "Jesus saves, Moses invests."

As host, Sanz also introduced the chairs of the event: Jeffrey Bly, Richard Flomen and Jon Hanser, all of whom thanked the audience for their ongoing support of the ICRF, and reminded us to give ourselves a pat on the back for donating to such a worthy cause.

From then on, it was all jokes.

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