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All aboard for laughter with The Pirate Ship Comedy Hour

By Shireen Agharazi-Dormani on August 12, 2021

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Slowly but surely, life as we know it is going back to how it used to be. With more caution toward our hygiene and safety, we can go back to restaurants, shopping centres, bars, and pirate ships.

Yes, I said pirate ships.

Brewery Comedy Nights presents Comedy on the Water: The Pirate Ship Comedy Hour, a series of comedy performances happening on a boat throughout the summer and early fall. Audience members board a pirate ship and sail the open waters as they laugh at jokes from Canadian comedians and have a few drinks along the ride, courtesy of craft brewery Collective Arts.

“When things opened up in stage two, I saw an opportunity to bring back live stand-up in a safe and unique way,” said Matt Santos, owner of Brewery Comedy Nights, in an email. “Something to really appeal to everyone after a year plus of being stuck inside. Who wouldn’t want to sail around on a pirate ship and watch great comedy?”

Planks are set down at 6:45pm for the audience to come aboard for the early show, which starts at 7pm. Late shows open at 8:15pm and begin at 8:30pm.Tickets cost about $30, with refunds provided only in case of cancellation due to weather. Those who attend can look forward to an intimate comedy experience, as there are only 40 tickets available for each show.

While the July performances are long behind us, you still have a chance this month and in September to snatch up a ticket.

And who will entertain you? Santos said they are “a combination of the best comedians living in Ottawa and those from cities like Toronto. We offer a mix of top-notch headliners and scrappy up-and-comers that cover a wide variety of comedic styles and backgrounds.”

As of this writing, August 14 is sold out, and just two tickets remain for the August 28 early show with Sara Quinn, Ben Walker, and Matt Santos himself performing. On September 11, Keith Andrews will be cracking jokes during the ride, with other comedians to be determined. Michael Lifshitz and Logan Avery-Cooper will bring the entertainment on September 25, with additional comics for this date also to be determined.

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With safety a primary concern, the audience is asked to be masked unless drinking or eating. Santos added that, even with the capacity limits, the inherent risk is much lower since the show is being held outdoors.

“As an entertainer, the last year has been especially difficult for us,” said Santos. “A lot of other comedians pivoted to online shows. These Zoom shows have value and can be really great, but they really can’t compare to the real live experience of stand-up comedy.”


Click here to purchase tickets for the remaining Comedy on the Water shows. You can contact the organizers at 613-897-5378.

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