Dec 24, 2004

Did You Hear The One About Cancer? January 20.

Did You Hear The One About Cancer?

an annual fundraiser for the Cancer Society
presented by Mike Balazo & Mark Forward

It's safe to say that Mr. Francis is on the bill
and probably some other folks, too.

at The Rivoli

Dec 21, 2004

Comedy Network Airing. January 1.

The Cream of Comedy gauntlet comes to a close with the January 1st airing of the awards ceremony on the Comedy Network.

We're going to ruin the surprise: Katie Crown won!

Congratulations, Katie!

The telecast features performances by all the nominees.

In summation, we'd like to thank everyone. Especially Lindsay Leese, Kim Saltarski & Sarah Fowlie for taking a leap and letting us do improv on television.

January 1st, 2005
10:00pm est/pst
The Comedy Network

Dec 7, 2004

Last show of the year...forever. December 19.

Three Not Blind Not Mice

An evening of entertainment with the Gurg (Brian Barlow & Chris Locke), Bob Wiseman & IRON COBRA.

You should probably come.

The Rivoli
Queen & Spadina
December 19, 2004

Dec 6, 2004

Old Shoe. December 16.


The Old Shoe Comedy Show.

Sunny Liston presents this show of...comedy.

Paddy McMurphy's
More info TBA

Dec 3, 2004


IRON COBRA now has a motto/mandate.

"Invade the day."

That's it.


Nov 3, 2004

Ghost Robot. December 11.

IRON COBRA will be supplying opening entertainment for some show involving either a ghost that is a robot or a robot that is a ghost.

Peter Stevens is behind this, so we're taking it all on faith.

Tim Sims Playhouse
Tickets: 416.343.0011

Nov 2, 2004

Cream of Comedy. November 22.

The Award Presentation for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award, this Comedy Network taping will include short performances from all the nominees:

Katie Crown
Knock Knock. Who's There? Comedy!
Mike Balazo
Darrin Rows
& Us

The show will be hosted by Elvira Kurt with other performances by Women Fully Clothed and SABOTAGE.

November 22, 2004
Second City Mainstage
56 Blue Jays Way
Tickets: $20 + GST
Box Office: 416.343.0011

Oct 23, 2004

Dorothy Said Fundraiser. November 19.

IRON COBRA will be hosting an evening of mucial virtuosity in support of Toronto's newest theatre company, Dorothy Said Theatre!

Musical acts include...
Danny Michel
Peter Elkas
Mike Plume
Reid Jamieson
and Harmony Trowbridge

November 19th
The Drake Hotel Underground
For more information e-mail

Oct 22, 2004

Becky on CIUT (Toronto).

This just in!

Becky will be interviewed tomorrow morning on CIUT 89.5FM as a guest of Cap'n Dave's Comedy Hour .

What does this mean?

Only time will tell.

Saturday, October 23
11:00am - NOON (EST)
CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto
or via the web at

Oct 19, 2004

Joke Club. November 10th.

The gentle and mysterious Nick Flanagan has invited us to do his big comedy show at the Drake.

The line-up looks good.

It is at the Drake.

Are our haircuts cool enough for our comedy?


Makesi Arthur
Iron Cobra
Chris Locke
Mack Lawrenz
Katie Crown
Sarah Hennesey
MC Nick Flanagan
mime by the Famous Nick Flanagan People Players
and tunes by DJ Illarious

Wednesday November 10
the Drake Underground
1150 Queen Street West

Oct 13, 2004


The tour is off!

Take that, world!

Due to financial concerns beyond our control, IRON COBRA has made the difficult decision to cancel our previously upcoming midwestern tour.

Fear not, prairies of Canada, Becky will still be coming to Winnipeg for the improv festival and possibly teaching some clowning and/or awareness workshops.

There are also a few more chances coming up to see IRON COBRA in the greater Toronto area. As for the rest of the world, it would all be a lot easier if you would just quit being so far away.

Oct 8, 2004

The Greatest of Complimets.

From Teaching Baby Paranoia, October 8-15, 2004:

The inspiration for the above illustration (titled "Little Drummer Girl") can be found here. It made me spit tea out my nose.

Oct 6, 2004


Look our weird cities of the midwest, IRON COBRA is on...


Winnipeg - Minneapolis - Chicago
October 28 - November 6, 2004

October 28, 29 & 30
if... (Winnipeg's Improv Festival)
IRON COBRA returns to the annual festival to do whatever Steve Sim asks.
the Gas Station Theatre
455 River Avenue
Performances Nightly

November 1
IRON COBRA does a 45-60 minute 'fishbowl' set after local acts including our hosts, Five Man Job.
Brave New Workshop
2605 Hennepin Avenue

November 6
IRON COBRA does a set as part of the Saturday Night Showcase presented by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy.
the Cornservatory
4210 N Lincoln

Thanks to those who helped us book this little tour: Steve Sim, Butch Roy & Tony Mendoza.

Oct 2, 2004

Tim Sims Nominee Showcase.

An evening of performances from the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award Nominees.

Katie Crown
Knock Knock. Who's There? Comedy!
Mike Balazo
Darrin Rows
Iron Cobra

October 25, 2004
Tim Sims Playhouse
Second City Toronto
56 Blue Jays Way
Tickets: FREE
Box Office: 416.343.0011

Sep 24, 2004

Canadian Comedy Awards' Voting Open.

After a slight delay, voting opens today at noon for the 2003 Canadian Comedy Awards and our very own Becky "Johnson" Cobra is on the list (in the catagory Female Improvisor).

So if you like Becky's work or are just easily persuaded, go vote.

If you are not a union or guild member you will have to register for a little something called 'the Comedy Association'.

All voting is done through their website at Details on registering for the Comedy Association can be found there as well.

Sep 18, 2004

Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award Nomination.

Toronto, September 2004 --

IRON COBRA is pleased to announce their nomination for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Full information about the award, its fund and its background are available via the Tim Sims website.

The full list of nominees has not been officially announced yet but should be within the next few days. However, IRON COBRA happens to know that they are in awfully good company this year.

The gautlet of events for this award includes a couple of shows culminating in the Cream of Comedy show where the award is presented by Lindsay Leese. All performances will be listed on the calendar shortly. Unfortunately for the catch23 crowd, they all fall on Mondays. IRON COBRA understands.

Updates to follow.

Sep 17, 2004

catch23 Returning Champeens.

Dear everybody,

Thank you for your narrow votes of support last week. We won, anyway.

This victory, however, did not fall upon us without the delicate talents of the two charming improvisers we dragged onto the stage with us - Peter Stevens and Kevin Gillese. Thank you, gentlemen, your efforts did not go unnoticed.

As a result, we have realized that we do our best work when cowering behind the "skillz" of others and thus have invited Mr. Gillese to join us next Monday. Fear not, Mr. Stevens, your arbitrary time shall come as well.

But this week we summon the power of Gillese to vanquish our foes (a varied and impressive line-up featuring Derek Flores, Rebecca Northan, Kurt Smeaton, Julie Dumais, Alana Johnston and Scott Montgomery)!



Monday, September 20th
Clinton's Tavern
693 Bloor Street West
8:30 (doors)

Sep 12, 2004

catch23 IMPROV. September 13th.

IRON COBRA makes a haughty return to the catch23 stage in an attempt to answer the pressing question "What's so great about these guys."

Come enjoy this high pressure show and see how the Cobra fares with a reputation to uphold.

Surprises guaranteed.

Monday, September 13th
Clinton's Tavern
693 Bloor Street West
8:30 (doors)

Sep 8, 2004

Becky Cobra Nominated for Canadian Comedy Award.

September 2004 --

Becky Cobra nominated for Canadian Comedy Award - Best Female Improvisor.

Fairly self-explanatory.

Voting opens September 20th, 2004, and will be run through the CCA website (

Anyone remotely involved with comedy is eligible to vote. So do it. Vote. You can't complain about comedy for the next year unless you are democratically involved in its governance.

Sep 5, 2004

The World Has a New Dominator.

September, 2004 --

IRON COBRA (playing as Team Toronto) is bringing home a first place victory from the World Domination TheatreSports Championships hosted by Dad's Garage Theatre Co. in Atlanta, Georgia.

In true competitive fashion, they were aided heavily on stage by their opponents and would like to thank Team Edmonton (Jacob Bannigan, Mark Meer and IRON COBRA founding member Josh Dean) for basically doing all the work for them.

IRON COBRA would also like to thank everyone else especially everyone in Atlanta.

Sep 3, 2004


IRON COBRA is safe and sound in Atlanta having a great time and has been for a few days now.

Updates have been made to the calendar but the Dad's Garage website is really the best place to look for show and tournament information.

We love you, Atlanta!

Aug 31, 2004

Aug 24, 2004

Tasman Cody VanRassel.

This just in!

IRON COBRA will be joined by very special guest, Taz VanRassel for both tonight's show at the DK Ranch (9:00pm, 255 College - Studio 3, PWYC) and tomorrow's performance at Lovefest 5000.

Tazzy is great. He is from Vancouver and recently found himself in Toronto to perform at the improv festival with Lucid Dreamers (himself and A.J. Bond).

This should be great. come invest your time.

Aug 20, 2004

Inside the Cyclotron.

IRON COBRA has done something a little spooky and booked an insane raft of shows in the week leading up to our departure for Atlanta.

Please come to all of them.

There is more information on most of these performances below but here is the basic itinerary of doom:

Monday, August 23
catch23 IMPROV
Although not performing as IRON COBRA, Graham will be on stage and Becky will probably be drinking club sodas at the bar until her heart stops. This is a special show because one of our favorite Vancouverites, Tazman Cody VanRassel, will be performing with his cohort A.J. Bond (the Lucid Dreamers).

Tuesday, August 24th
Cabaret at the DK Ranch
Toronto's only rooftop cabaret.
We will be doing some new semi-scripted stuff if we manage to semi-write it by then.
Also featuring Ms. Alex Dallas, cowboy Matt Masters and perennial hosts Derek Flores and Kristian Reimer.

Wednesday, August 23rd
Lovefest 5000
A half-hour improv set to warm the crowd for the first run of Andrew Love's new one-man show.
Full of Love.
Full of Andrew.

Thursday, August 26th
An Evening of Comedy by David Dineen-Porter

Again, not and IRON COBRA show but we are both in it along with Katie Crown, Chris Gibbs, Levi MacDougall & DDP. This show should be great and somehow...historical.

Aug 18, 2004

We are pieces of meat.

Toronto, August 2004 --

IRON COBRA is hereby dutifully announcing their involvement in Fresh Meat 2004. This annual show has some sort of connection to the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award.

Although the rest of the traditionally massive line-up of beef steaks has not been announced yet, IRON COBRA has it on relatively good authority that Knock Knock. Who's There? Comedy! will be performing as well as Katie Crown doing a solo set.

The show is at the Tim Sims Playhouse
Sunday, September 12th, 2004
IRON COBRA seems to feel this show is free but has little authority or information to support that.

Aug 7, 2004

Back to Atlanta. World Domination.

Toronto, August 2004 --

It's official.

The Cobra shall return to the fair city of Atlanta to defend their wit and humour against the world.

IRON COBRA has been invited to represent Toronto at the World Domination TheatreSports Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia this September.

Teams are currently being confirmed from cities all over the world including Los Angeles, London (the real one), Edmonton, Vienna, Phoenix, Vancouver and, or course, Atlanta.

Aug 2, 2004

Hexiquest! August 26th.

-an Evening of Comedy by David Dineen-Porter

DDP made a wish list of his favorite Toronto comic performers to perform his strange and sprawling sketch comedy and all of IRON COBRA made the list.

We will be joined on stage by such local luminaries as Katie Crown, Chris Gibbs, Levi MacDougall and Mr. Dineen-Porter himself to bring this bizarre comedy to life.

Thursday, August 26th
Tim Sims Playhouse
56 Blue Jays Way
$10 - Normal People
$8 - Students (including the Second City Training Centre)
$8 - with ticket stub from Lovefest 5000
Tickets: 416.343.0011

Aug 1, 2004

Lovefest 5000. August 25th.

More information of Andrew Love's two-night Tim Sims run entitled Lovefest 5000:

Lovefest will run August 24th & 25th with a different opening act each night.

Andrew's show runs about half an hour and is being developed with some input from the lovely Mark Andrada.

IRON COBRA will be opening for him on the Wednesday (August 25th) and the Tuesday will feature our good pals The Distractions.

August 25th
Tim Sims Playhouse
56 Blue Jays Way
Tickets - 416.343.0011

Secret: with a ticket stub from Lovefest 5000, you can get two dollars off for Hexiquest! the following night.

Jul 22, 2004

DK Ranch. August 24.

To round out a week of performances, IRON COBRA will be doing a set at August's Cabaret at the DK Ranch.

Hosted by funny guys and avid renters, Derek Flores and Kristian Reimer, this is Toronto's only rooftop patio cabaret. Once a tiki torch caught fire and almost blew up Pat Kelly. Also, the cute little girl who lives next store sometimes comes out on her balcony and makes the performers feel guilty about cussing.

August 24th
255 College, Studio 3

Jul 21, 2004

Character Night 3rd Anniversary Bash. August 3.

IRON COBRA performs specially requested skecth comedy as part of The Shehori Brothers' Character Night 3rd Anniversary Extravaganza.

The line-up thus far is as follows:
The Imponderables
Iron Cobra
Derick Lengwenis
Punch Drysdale

Reid Along With Browning
& the Aryan musical stylings of Heino
(with other surprise guests forthcoming)

August 3rd, 2004
Tim Sims Playhouse
56 Blue Jays Way

Jul 17, 2004

catch23 IMPROV. July 19. We're back.

IRON COBRA returns to the catch23 stage from whence they came.

Versus challengers including Peter Oldring, Pat Kelly and others.

With host Kurt Smeaton.

Monday, July 19
Clinton's Tavern
693 Bloor Street West

Jul 14, 2004

The Incredible Lives of Mr. F.F. Muffingrim. July 21st.

Featuring Graham Cobra.

One would be remiss to miss...this.

Jul 8, 2004

The Yellow Griffin. July 18th.

IRON COBRA participates in the sixth installment of the super-west side's new comedy show.

From the press release:

Improv, Sketch Comedy and Stand-up

host: Perry Perlmutar
sketchprov by IRON COBRA
sketch comedy by The Iliads
something else by Not Yet
standup comedy by
Jeff Elliot
Matt Williamson
Mike McAuley
and a special bonus of certified real hypnotism by Dave Curran"

The Yellow Griffin Bar (Upstairs)
2202 Bloor St. W (at Runnymede)

Jul 5, 2004

Late Night @ the Fringe with the Rumoli Brothers.

IRON COBRA is doing a special guest spot on Late Night @ the Fringe with the Rumoli Brothers.

Just a tip.

Keep an eye out, the COBRA may be in disguise.

The bill also includes the dapper Rick and Benny Rumoli and their show writers The Distractions (Levi MacDougall, Tim Polley & Paul Schuck).

July 6th, 2004
The Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue
(at Bloor)

Jun 28, 2004

Other People's Shows.

This just in!

Two back to back shows announced for August.

In a rare combination of laziness and regard, IRON COBRA aids in supporting the visions of others.

August 25th - IRON COBRA will be doing a hearty set to warm up the stage for the presentation of Andrew Love's new solo show (as directed by Mark Andrada).

August 26th - Graham and Becky will be performing in an evening of comedy written by David Dineen-Porter. The rest of the ensemble includes Katie Crown, Levi MacDougall, Chris "Hilarious" Gibbs and Mr. Dineen-Porter himself.

Both shows at the Tim Sims Playhouse
Second City Toronto
56 Blue Jays Way
info/tickets: 416.343.0011

More details to be announced on both shows. Due to proximity (both general and in relation to these shows) we are trying to set up some discount for seeing both wildly different nights.

Check the calendar for other summer dates.

Jun 15, 2004

Summertime Snakes.

With Graham Cobra vacationing somewhere or other, the COBRA is taking a brief hiatus.

Very brief.

But there are a couple of shows coming up...

catch23 IMPROV - June 5th
Eclectic Circus Character Night 3rd Anniversary Show - August 3rd
and some sort of guest spot on Late Night with the Rumoli Brothers some time during the Fringe (June 30th- July 11th)

Come see.

Also, come to catch23 IMPROV as Graham and/or Becky are performing there pretty much every Monday. Also, some other pretty cool people are there too.

COBRA out.

May 30, 2004

Farewell, Georgia.

Thanks to all of Georgia.

For whatever.

And special thanks to all the Atlantonians who came to see our closing show on Saturday night.

Although we forgot to say it at the show, we are going to take all the (plethora of) unused audience suggestions back to Toronto and dip into them for our audio improvisation sessions.

So, who knows? Maybe your suggestions will pop up months from now. In Canada! In audio!

May 28, 2004

Atlanta Update.

For anyone in the greater Atlanta area who saw our Thursday night show, we have devised an all-new show to close out the festival on Saturday at midnight.

You should probably be there.

All new.


Also, we are pleased to announce that we will be guests of Uncle Gampa's Hoo Dilly Stew on Saturday at 1:00pm at Dad's Garage.

You know, for the kids.

Check it out.

Hoo dilly.

May 14, 2004

The Shobu Show.

From the mind of Deborah Robinson comes The Shobu Show, a crazy new sketch competition.

As clearly as we can tell, it is based on Japanese comedy, hosted in Japanese, and is some kind of comedy fight-to-the-finish.

This will be the first installment.

The line-up (possibly) includes:
The Iliads
The Karyn Parsons Project
Sandra B and the Gang
Unky Darryl's House of Sketchola

Hosted By
Kaz & Nobuyoshi

From Deborah:

“Shobu”: to win or to lose; a battle (Japanese).

Toronto’s edgiest comedians battle it out for the title of “Shobu
Champion”. The show features authentic Japanese school girls as judges,
fake fighting monsters, Audience “Shobu” Challenges, and musical

June 1, 2004
9:30 show (9:00 doors)
@ the 360
326 Queen Street West
Info: 416.593.0840


IRON COBRA is returning to the Tim Sims Playhouse once again.

This time we will be coming "back" from Atlanta as well. Atlanta is a great place. We have decided to write a show there. This show.

Buy your now.

Saturday, June 5th
10:30 (10:00 doors)
@ the Tim Sims Playhouse
56 Blue Jays Way
Tickets $8
Reservations: 416.343.0011

May 13, 2004

Thank Yous.

We have a couple thank you's to toss out for this past week's shows.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod for teching our show at the Tim Sims when Angola sprained her neck. Congratulstions on your first show!

Thanks to Ken Ferrell and Graeme Bunton for taping.

And thanks to everyone who came out to the Cobra Benefit show. The boys raised over $500 for the little kickers - that's the sponsorship fee plus a good bit of spoiling cash.

Just for the record, contrary to past information, IRON COBRA did not take any money from the benefit show. C'mon, these are kids.

If you want to see Toronto's fiercest little league team in action (and the only one sponsored by a bunch of rock stars) word on the street is that they can be caught Saturday mornings at Christie Pits Park.

May 9, 2004

Cobra Benefit. Update.

The line-up as stands is as follows:

Wren City Churches (Musica)
Us (Improv)
The Iliads (Sketch Comedy)
Fever Sheds (More Music)
Katie Crown & Levi MacDougall (Stand-around Comedy)

So, come out and help a bunch of degenerates raise funds to sponsor/spoil a team of 10 year old soccer players. Weird, eh?

May 12, 2004
Rancho Relaxo
300 College St.
Cover $5

Atlanta Schedule and Ticketing Online.

The schedule for the First Atalnta Improv Festival is now online here.

For more information on the festival in general, read below or visit the Dad's Garage Theatre Company site. Obviously, you don't have anything better to do.

Hmm...what else to say...?

You see, this "page" doesn't "paginate" well when the pictures are greater in height that the length of the text.


This is awkward.

I'm going to get a coke.

May 6, 2004

The Big Show.

Come on down.

It will be.

Saturday, May 8th
10:30pm - doors at 10:00pm
The Tim Sims Playhouse
Second City Toronto
56 Blue Jay's Way
Tickets available at the door
or by phone (recommended) 416.343.0011

May 5, 2004

The Cobra Benefit Show

Our good friends, the Wren City Churches, have put this rock/comedy/rockedy show together seemingly to sponsor anything with 'Cobra' in their name.

Here, read (from their website):

"The purpose of this event is multiple-fold: it will help send Iron Cobra to the improv games in Atlanta; it will help Wren City Churches and friends sponsor a soccer team of 11-year-olds, to be named (of course) The Cobras; and it will be fun for you.

The bill will include: Iron Cobra, improv-comedy-doing anthropomorphized robots from the future sent back in time to do improv comedy. And us, Wren City Churches. Also, stand-up comedy by James Brylowski. Further: something special from Mike De Eyre - you might know him for his work in The Black Maria, or his neat hair. There might be another band, maybe more comedy, and some short films."

Come out.
Rock with us.
Talk with us.
Touch Mike De Eyre.

May 12, 2004
Rancho Relaxo
300 College St.
Cover $5