Holodeck Follies returns to Comedy Bar in Toronto on February 10, 2017

(Toronto, Ontario – for immediate release)

February 10, 2017 – S5E2: Heart of Glory Hole Donuts

worf-sneerThe script for Star Trek TNG’s Heart of Glory (s1E20) was the first of many Worf storylines. Worf was one of the more interesting TNG crew members because the character was allowed to develop — to grow and challenge the cultural traditions (and assumptions) of both of his homeworlds. He was good at what he did but had inner turmoil over his identity. He used his self doubt as a tool to better himself rather than weigh him down. The only place he did not find victory was in having a more cheery disposition.

The struggle for (self-)acceptance is well known to The Dandies, but Holodeck Follies uses humour as our tool to explore and play with Otherness. The USS Hummingbird crew is filled with diversity, anxiety, and I’danian spice pudding! Join us on our continuing mission and also stop in to celebrate Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Tu B’Shevat, Family Day, Valentine’s Day, Carnival, and birthdays!

Holodeck Follies S5E2: Heart of Glory Hole Donuts

Friday, February 10, 2017 8 p.m. sharp

Special Guests

Variety: stand-up comedians Hoodo Hersi and Guled Abdi (see bios below)
Host: stand-up comedian Hisham Kelati (Joke Marmalade, Tight 5, Underground Comedy)

Venue and Tickets

Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON (map)
Tickets: $15 at the door.
Advance tickets ($10): Subscribe to our Patreon (no service fee) or through the Comedy Bar website ($1.25/ticket service fee).

January Recap

The Dandies packed the Comedy Bar cabaret space in January. It was a great kick off for the fifth season of Holodeck Follies. Leslie Hudson and Northwest Passage joined us as special guests, and the consistently charming stand-up comedian, Hisham Kelati, returned to host the evening.

A reviewer captured the essence of the evening:

“Wacky, trippy good times with stand-up, sketch, music and improv in The Dandies’ Holodeck Follies.” – Cate McKim, life with more cowbell.com

About Holodeck Follies

Each Star Trek inspired episode is created spontaneously on-the-spot, with quick-witted show references, puns, and songs. It is not canon of course, but after four years, audiences love watching the original characters weave their own tapestry. Audience input and interaction is encouraged but not mandatory to enjoy the show.

“Holodeck Follies is one of the funniest shows in Toronto!” – Space Channel


Holodeck Follies audiences are a fair representation of the Star Trek fandom. Deeply-devoted Star Trek fans (of a specific era or franchise) sit comfortably next to those who have only watched the occasional episode or movie and others who just want to laugh for the evening. It is a crowd with infinite diversity.

Laugh long and prosper!

USS Hummingbird Crew (The Dandies)

Chris Casselman, Danielle Cole, Alan Leightizer, Zach Mealia, Jamillah Ross, Dale & Andie Wells, Jason Zinger (musical director)
Web: improvdandies.com

Social Media: ImprovDandies (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

Past recommendations from The Space Channel, 1701News, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, NOW Magazine, BlogTO, Torontoist, Mooney on Theatre, and life with more cowbell.com

Guled Abdi
Part of the Fusion 2.0 and Tallboyz II Men sketch troupes.

Hoodo Hersi
A promising Toronto-based comedian, having performed on prestigious shows including The Nubian Disciples of Pryor at Yuk Yuks. She was also nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund at Second City and had the great fortune of opening up for Moshe Kasher, Hari Kondabolou, Gina Yashere, Eric Andre, Jermaine Fowler and Matt Braunger.

She has also performed at the 12th annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, Boston Women in Comedy Festival and Toronto’s Shedot Festival. Along with being a talented writer (Hello Giggles, Essence Magazine, The Beaverton website and Vice Canada), Hoodo received an improv scholarship at Second City (having completed Level A and B).

She’s also known for filling awkward silences with ridiculous banter and can be seen vying for the approval of strangers on Twitter at @sheiscleverbro.