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Phil Hanley

Daily from Feb. 14-18
8 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 17-18
10:30 p.m.
$15-$18
Comedy

When City Pages last spoke to Phil Hanley, the Toronto native explained how, pre-comedy, he fell into a modeling career. The streak has continued, it seems. “I shot a movie in Colombia last year,” he says. “I’d never acted before. I got cast after the writer/director saw me do a set on The Late Late Show. He contacted me and said, ‘Hey, I’m writing this movie. I want you to be the lead.’” As with modeling and standup, Hanley entered in with no previous experience. The film, Sundowners, is in post-production, and is a semi-autobiographical tale of a photographer who shoots a wedding in Mexico. Similarly, Hanley’s standup focuses on his own experiences. “I’m doing a lot of relationship material at the moment,” he laughs. “I have lots of friends that are having kids, and I have jokes about things like that.” Some of it is quite timely. Like getting his green card, for example. “It was $15,000,” he recalls. “I paid my lawyer 15 grand and the first thing he said was, ‘It’s very hard to get a green card since September 11.’ Yeah, can you tell them I didn’t do that?” 18+.