In January I had the chance of attending the Lions of Comedy show at the Red Lion Public House (47 Clarence St). As a local Ottawa comedian of four years, I can say with certainty that this is one of the highest quality shows one could attend. The event is an intimate room at the back of the restaurant, called The Royal Room.
The promoter, Micheal Lifshitz, donates $2 for every ticket sold to Ability First Ottawa. Ability First is a local charity that offers programs to people with developmental and non-developmental disabilities and their families.
The show I saw in January was be hosted by Sean Carson, a political comedian whose success has thrived on the absurdity of the newest presidential election. February’s show will include Micheal Lifshitz, Greg Houston, Patty Mack and will be headlined by Geoff MacKay.
MacKay’s absurdly cerebral observations about toasters, math textbooks, skydiving and social convention have made him a headlining comic in the Canadian and international comedy scenes. He is currently busy performing theatre, club, and festival shows across Canada.
MacKay has also performed in the United Kingdom, the “Culturally Divided States of America,” Ukraine, France, Kuwait and China. You may have also heard or seen him at the Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto, on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud, at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Comic Vision, Ottawa’s Crackup festival, and the NXNE Music Festival. In 2016, Geoff performed for the Canadian Forces in Kuwait, France, and Ukraine.
The Lions of Comedy show begins at 8pm on Monday February 27 at Red Lion Public House (47 Clarence St). Tickets cost $10 online and at the door. Doors to The Royal Room open at 7:30pm however you are welcome to start the evening early and have dinner and drinks before the show, at the front of the restaurant.