Pete Johansson JFL42, Rivoli, Toronto ON, September 24
Published Sep 26, 2017Talking about group sex and why he hates guys who love tight pussies, Pete Johansson was definitely dirty, but he was also incredibly compassionate and clever in his comedy. Dishing out a rapid-paced intellectual rant about pollution as easily as he mimed jerking off two people at the same time, Johansson is a hell of a Canadian comedic force.
After Courtney Gilmour opened the show with a new joke about being told she was pretty enough to be the Hakim Optical spokesperson, Johansson delved into how he balances love and sex in an open relationship. His stories about his wife being creepily obsessed with him since they met and wanting them both to die at the same time were adorably funny in their romantic weirdness. On the other hand, his narrative about buying his wife a large dildo was entertainingly racy but also racial: it was obviously sexual, but then it morphed into a thoughtful yet extremely funny discussion of ethnic fetishizing.
In the end, Johansson's material about children was what stood out the most. His proposition that everyone should get abortions unless they can prove they deserve to be parents was hilariously bold, plus it was surprisingly heartwarming because it was woven into a story about him cheering up women at an abortion clinic. Likewise, Johansson's closer advocating for more big pussies and their resultant large-headed babies was hysterically twisted and original, yet it was also mesmerizingly smart and based in evolutionary science that he had clearly read up on.