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Fringe Review: Cold Open

By Sandy Gibson 50 mins | Comedy, Improv | PG One never knows how an improv show is going to turn out but the artists and improvisers involved in the opening show of Cold Open by Crush Improv have much to be happy about. Drawing inspiration from a humorous monologue about art therapy and finger […]

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Apt613 Live for May 24, 2016

We begin the show with an interview with lead vocalist of Hellbros as they embark on their European tour. Terry Steeves caught up with Peter Yurt last month at their House of Targ show. Check out her review of the show. Next up, we interview Glen Foster, Canadian comedy pioneer. He’s performed at Just For […]

All photos courtesy of Crush Improv.

Q&A with Kid in the Hall, Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall fame is in Ottawa this weekend to lead a one day workshop on writing sketches through improvisation. Participants will also have the opportunity to be on stage with Kevin later that night in front of a real live audience. Pretty amazing, eh? Organized by Crush Improv, the workshop is […]

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Steph Tolev to gross out Pour Boy audience

Do you like stories about eating discarded food, poop jokes, and tales of scandal and titillation?  Of course you do; you’re human. These stories connect us through a shared sense of embarrassment and guilty pleasure. It is this awkward space that Steph Tolev’s comedy so effortlessly inhabits. It pushes boundaries both in its audacity and […]

The audience at Swizzles (photo by Daniel Araya) and Daniel Araya hosting (photo by Aaron Hill)

Swizzles comedy night delivers (pizza)

Aaron Hill is a producer and comic who runs Sunday Night Standup,  8pm Sundays at Pub 101. I totally bombed at the first Swizzles Comedy Night held back in early January, 2016. As I recall, there were four to six people in the audience, and no one seemed to know quite what to make of […]

Bill Burr. Photo courtesy of Michael O’Brien Entertainment.

Bill Burr returns with more ‘uneducated rants’

Having just completed a long stint of convalescence due to a severe injury, I have come to appreciate the power of laughing at shit when it goes horribly wrong.  Thanks to the wealth of comedy specials on Netflix (and painkillers…lots of them), I was kept from going stir-crazy while the rest of you schlepped about […]

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The One Man Star Wars Trilogy, reviewed by someone who has never watched the original Star Wars

Charlie Ross brought his One Man Star Wars Trilogy to Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre Wednesday night. It was a special performance to fundraise for the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival. The play debuted on the Fringe circuit in 2001 and has since grown into a Lucasfilm-licensed production. It’s impossible to review the show without the disclaimer that […]

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SHElarious returns in recognition of International Women’s Day

With International Women’s Day just around the corner, Ottawa improv comedy company, EFT (Experimental Farm Theatre) have planned their sophomore event entitled, SHElarious II…celebrating women in various realms of the comedy spectrum. All proceeds will go to Cornerstone Housing For Women, a community charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women. The evening […]

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hotz.

Jeremy Hotz: Misery loves an audience

Ottawa native and standup road warrior Jeremy Hotz will be airing his grievances on Saturday February 13th at the National Arts Centre as part of his International Man of Misery Tour, presented by Just for Laughs. Fans of comedy will recognize Hotz’ signature stance:  sideward facing, chin leaning on hand and furrowed brow.  He has […]

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