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Jeremy Hotz took to the Hamilton Place Theatre stage Thursday night as his Magical Misery Tour came through town.

Toronto-based comedian Frank Spadone warmed the crowd with a half-hour set, before Hotz took to the stage at just after 8:00p.m. Spadone’s set was mostly focused on his family life, including the birth of his new baby, which he says was caused by the romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

A noticeably more crude Jeremy Hotz opened up his set with some jokes about Hamilton, including a couple shots at the “rich people from up the mountain” who could afford the front row tickets. Hotz immediately noted that he’s a lot different than he is on TV because he can do whatever he wants when the show isn’t being filmed to air on television.

The comedian originally from Ottawa, who now calls Los Angeles home, sported a plaid shirt with blue jeans, while he delivered jokes to the nearly sold-out crowd. The stage consisted of only a stool and a grand piano, which he used to rest his beer bottle that he occasionally sipped from.

Hotz spent the majority of his set doing improvised material, while poking fun at audience members sitting in the first few rows, including a 12-year-old boy whom he told he would take a picture with after the show.

During his one-hour set, Hotz took a couple of shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, comparing him to the new Canadian $20 bill that you can see right through.

Despite the fact that he was on his Magical Misery Tour, the only thing Hotz found miserable was the film Les Miserables.

At one point in the set, Hotz went over to the piano and picked up his phone to show the audience a picture of his 16-year-old dog, whom he says is going crazy with old age.

Jeremy Hotz had the crowd constantly amused from the moment he stepped on stage, until he bid farewell, without many gaps between the constant laughter. Hotz had a lot of new material in his set, but also included some older jokes, including his bit about how men would deal with menstrual cycles if they were to have them.

“Don’t think I don’t know where I’m from,” said Hotz before leaving the stage. “I’m from right here [Canada.]”

Hotz also added that he would be sticking around after the show to sign anything the audience wanted signed, adding that it is a thrill for him to return to Canada to perform.

[box type=”info” ]Unfortunately, no professional cameras were allowed to capture the performance.[/box]

Shawn McGuire is a Montreal-born and now Hamilton-based journalist who enjoys covering news in the Steel City. He’s a sports fan, vegan, music enthusiast, & vinyl record lover.

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