A history of support for mental health
One fateful night in 2003 two friends came up with an idea for an Ottawa comedy show to support mental health. That night, Cracking-Up the Capital was born.
The first show, held at the Centrepointe Theatre in 2004, was a great success. Over a decade (and many laughs) later the now rebranded Crackup Comedy festival is a week-long festival of comedy, events and hi-jinx that attracts top comedic talent from around the globe.
Not for profit, community driven
Crackup is a registered, Canadian not-for-profit run by passionate supporters of Mental Health from all walks of life. By day, we're marketing and communications consultants, social media experts, public servants, and more, but by nights and weekends we become a crack production team!
We couldn't do it
Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who have made Crackup what it is today.
Nickname in high school: Bigguy
Real-Life Occupation: Engineer
Favourite Comedian: John Cleese
Favourite Food: Anything Barbequed
Favourite Joke: Guy rolls through a stop sign and is immediately stopped by a cop. He pulls over and the cop walks up and taps his billy-club on the window. The guy opens the window and the cop says. “Excuse you me sir do you realize you just drove through that stop sign”. The guy says, “well I slowed down and crawled through, same thing”. The cop starts tapping him on the head with the Billy-Club and says, “Really, Do you want me to stop or slow down”
Twitter Handle: @joeholubowich
Nickname in high school: Son-of-a-bitch or Mahovlich (depending on what I was up to)
Real-Life Occupation: Advertising/Marketing
Favourite Comedian: Chris Farley
Favourite Food: Chocolate
Favourite Joke: The Ministry of Silly Walks skit – John Cleese/Monty Python
Nickname in high school: Joey
Real-Life Occupation: Brand management and creative services
Favourite Comedian: Alec Baldwin is one funny dude.
Favourite Food: Twizzlers
Favourite Joke: Pretty much any horribly lame pun, but the best ever: Where did Napoleon keep his armies?… In his “sleevies”… Excellent!
Twitter Handle: @RashElie
Nickname in high school: Roach
Favourite Comedian: Richard Pryor
Favourite Food: SUGAR
Favourite Joke: Chris Rock: :Sometimes I’m walking with my daughter. I’m talking to my daughter. I’m pushing her in the stroller And I pick her up and I just stare at her and I realize my only job in life is to keep her off the pole.
Twitter Handle: @kristineshadid
Nickname in high school: Shadid (creative, eh)
Favourite Comedian: Flight of the Conchords
Favourite Food: Pad Thai
Doctor: I'm sorry *puts hands on my shoulder* but you'll never be able to walk again.
My dog: *kicks in the hospital door* did somebody say WALK
Nickname in high school: Handsome Rob
Real-Life Occupation: Federal Government
Favourite Comedian: Jim Carrey
Favourite Food: Italian (my mom or nonna)
Favourite Joke: After reading the negative effects of drinking and smoking, I’ve decided to quit reading.
Nickname: Stinker Cheater Pants (given lovingly by my parents)
Real Life Occupation: Recruitment Officer at Carleton University
Favourite Comedian(s): Billy Crystal and K Trevor Wilson
Favourite food: Cold Eggrolls
Favourite joke: Chris D’Elia's bit on Drunk Girls