Cheap Theatre for the Week of February 18, 2014

Sketch, improv, slapstick, vaudeville, and even the Bard himself. Here’s what we have in store in this week’s selections of budget-friendly theatre — all things that will surely make you laugh. From the amazing talents at Second City to the Toronto-loved improvisers at Bad Dog Theatre and a hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a week full of side-splitting laughter.

The Best of the Second City presents classic and original sketch and improvisation. Mon 8 pm. $14. Second City, 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

Big Ticket Bad Dog Theatre Epic Wednesdays presents improv inspired by the best of the silver screen. 8 pm. Opens Feb 19, Opens Apr 23, Opens May 21. $12, stu $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540,

Princess Polly and the World’s Smallest Ninja Second City presents an all-ages sketch revue. Feb 17 Noon & 2 pm. $14, family 4-pack $45. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

Shrew by William Shakespeare (Red One Theatre Collective). The classic comedy is presented with puppetry, slapstick and vaudeville styling. Opens Feb 15 and runs to Mar 2, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20, mat pwyc. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor W.

Touch My Stereotype’s Hypothetical Spectacle TMS presents a full-length sketch revue featuring sketches, music, videos and more, w/ Amanda McQueen, Lars Classington, Eitan Shalom, Chantale Renee and others. Feb 20-22, Thu-Sat 9 pm. $12-$15. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin.