If you’ve ever found yourself walking about this city and thinking something the lines of, “I’m simply not laughing anymore,” you might be in for a surprise treat this weekend. Why? Because this weekend will see a veritable explosion of stand-up comedy in the form of Comedy Explosion, a pre-Ottawa Explosion explosion of comedy!
Featuring the Toronto-based headliners Mark Little and Chris Locke, and showcasing some of the best of Ottawa’s local comedy scene, the festival will run this Friday and Saturday at the Gladstone Theatre with ticket prices at $20 for both nights, $12.50 for one. It’s the first time stand-up comedy has been featured at the thirty-three year old theatre. And though it’s possibly a departure, it does seem to fit well. I mean, the theatre is already licensed.
“We tried to get the best comedy talent Ottawa could offer,” said festival presenter, and festival performer, Greg Houston. “Plus where else can you see standups like Mark Little and Chris Locke for $20?”
Indeed, both Toronto comics come highly acclaimed. Little, Friday’s headliner, has won the Just for Laughs Homegrown competition as well as Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. He’s a regular on TV’s Mr. D and writes for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Saturday’s closer, Locke, is an alumnus of MTV Canada and has won the Canadian Comedy Awards Best Male Stand Up. Add to those closers the plethora of local talent on display, and you have yourself a couple solid evenings of comedy. See the Facebook page for the full lineup, which features such names as Tom Henry, Ian Gordon and Patric.
The festival is a pretty clear sign that there’s something going on in the Ottawa comedy scene. Recently, it seems more comedy murmurings have echoed throughout this city, with the increasing prevalence of weekly comedy evenings and events. And if Houston has his way, this won’t be the last we hear from the Comedy Explosion.
“It’d be nice to turn this into a semi-regular thing,” says Houston. “But we’ll focus on executing this one really well and then hopefully…”
Plus, if he’s going out like this, he’s not going out with much of a laugh, and as all comedians know, you always, always go out on a laugh.
Comedy Explosion runs this Friday and Saturday (the 5th and 6th of June) at The Gladstone Theatre. Tickets for both nights are $20, and one night will cost you $12.50. For tickets and more info about Comedy Explosion, check out its Facebook event.