-- Sam Keen
This summer I plan to lay outside, get some sun, and talk about everything from politics to love over late night fires. I plan to have fun with my children, and I have plan to have fun without my children! I am looking forward to summertime! Mostly I look forward to the comedy! Whaa???
People may not equate summertime, with all it's goodness in weather and nature with stand up comedy. This is a huge mistake folks; summertime is sizzling for cool comedy! (pardon the excessive use of alliteration, it's like an addiction with me) JH5 will list it's top ten must see comedy this summer in Ottawa. Yep, another top ten list, you knew you wanted it!
10. Matt Carter: If you can catch him on a stage this summer, I highly recommend it. This kid is the Ottawa representative for the Just for Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition in Montreal AND a nominee for newcomer for the Canadian Comedy Awards. To state he is going places is an understatement, and 2011 is the summer to see him!
9. PRIDE: Yuk Yuk's Ottawa gets their queer on like nobody else in comedy! This year they host Martha Chaves, Jessica Salomon, Richard Ryder and Thea Vidale! These shows occur during PRIDE week, and Ottawa continues to do the community proud by showcasing these sold out shows!
8. Doug Stanhope: Stanhope is bringing his anger meets art comedy to...Mavericks? (Note to Mr. Stanhope...anything wrong with a good ole fashioned comedy club?) Anyway, there is competition to Mr. Stanhope's show, but get to Mavericks if you can...otherwise head to Yuk Yuk's for......
7. Mike MacDonald: Making his triumphant return to Ottawa with FOUR amazing shows with Yuk Yuk's Ottawa! June 30th and July 2nd at Elgin and July 8 and 9 at the Prescott. Four great shows! July 2nd you can also go to........
6. The feminist funnies: This show is being held in sisterhood with the Women's World Conference 2011 on July 2nd. This conference hosts 2000 women from all over the world, and JH5 is hosting a comedy show for them, and for the general public. Time to show the world why Canada rocks in comedy, so we are bringing them Jen Grant, Heidi Foss and others! General public welcome; however, tickets are scarce so call today 600-7462!
5. Tom Green: The man just loves performing in Ottawa! He is back again for two shows on Tuesday June 29th. Call 236-5233 for tickets today!
4. JH5 is excited about John Hastings DVD taping event: July 15th at the Prescott Mr. Hastings is coming out from the shade to tape a DVD and CD at this show. JH5 will be on hand to provide prized once the taping is complete, and all will be part of art being recorded, so get on out to watch this show!
3. A general night of great comedy: Seriously, Yuk Yuk's Ottawa brought Rob Pue, Derek Seguin and Alex Wood on the same show. July 28-30, it will be an amazing show, go watch it, enough said.
2. EVERY WEDNESDAY: Yuk Yuk's is bringing you a comedy competition for both professional and amateur comics. Celebrity judges, prizes, and non-stop fun. Air conditioning + great comedy + $6.00 = EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JULY AND AUGUST. Elgin location.
1. Get ready for all: This summer JH5 is also launching ticket sales for two of it's shows: CHICKLES on November 17th, and an as of yet unnamed show featuring Boris and Michaels on October 27th. Save that dough, support our charities, and head to our shows! Summer is time to think about fall!
So there you have it, things to do, people to watch, and tickets to purchase. Join JH5 while we cover these and more events this summer, and cool off with comedy! (most overused comedy alliteration to date)