Charity Movie Night: Uncle Buck
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Charity Movie Night: Uncle Buck

Alterna Savings Crackup and Algonquin Commons Theatre are proud to present a special evening featuring a screening of John Candy's iconic movie and character, Uncle Buck.

The evening will be hosted by John Candy's kids, Jennifer and Christopher Candy. There will be a Q&A period with the Candy’s following the screening. This is an all ages event, so bring the whole family and get to know Uncle Buck in a whole new way!

Ticket cost is pay what you can. Proceeds will be donated to support Alterna Savings Crackup’s mental health initiatives.

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LATE NIGHT CRACKUP
Mar
22
to Mar 24

LATE NIGHT CRACKUP

The Alterna Savings CrackUp Comedy Festival invites you to join us for late night belly laughs and side-splitting humour with some of Ottawa's best comedians AND maybe some special guests from the 2018 Festival Line-up :)

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Crackup for Mental Health First Responders Fundraiser – Presented by the MHCC
Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Crackup for Mental Health First Responders Fundraiser – Presented by the MHCC

Presented by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Hosted by Mary Walsh and Featuring Ryan Denee and a slew of Professional Comics from the 1st Responders Community who do Both, this event is tailored to community service providers and anyone with an interest in supporting mental health organizations in Ottawa. 

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Crackup Iqaluit Comedy Competition with Special Guest Mary Walsh
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Crackup Iqaluit Comedy Competition with Special Guest Mary Walsh

For the first time ever we are expanding the Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival to our friends in the Arctic. The residents of Iqaluit will help us select Iqaluit's Funniest Stand-up Comedian to represent Canada's arctic at the Crackup Comedy Festival March 24th in Ottawa

Join Special guest and Celebrity Judge Mary Walsh creator and star of This Hour has 22 Minutes, Codco, Matching Hatching and Dispatching, and so much more   

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Crackup Snowmania Challenge
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Crackup Snowmania Challenge

  • Lansdowne Park (Designated Park Areas and Concourse) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register a team, join a team, or register as an individual. Then fundraise for the agency of your choice and build as many snowmen as possible! Your efforts will help raise awareness of the need for improved access to mental health services in Ottawa!

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Feb
13
8:30 PM20:30

Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Competition Semi-Finals

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For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. The comics featured in this final competition are the survivors and they have one more shot to make it into the big show and receive a $500 payday! 

Join us as 6 semi-finalists give it all they've got for a spot at our Comedy Night in Canada festival finale event on March 24th!

Featuring: Julie Dugas, Jen Hayward, Patrick Kealey, Julien Mammaza, Angus Grey, and , with emcee  – Rachelle Elie, plus a guest feature act 

TICKETS: $6.00

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Feb
12
8:30 PM20:30

Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Competition Semi-Finals

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For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. The comics featured in this final competition are the survivors and they have one more shot to make it into the big show and receive a $500 payday! 

Join us as 6 semi-finalists give it all they've got for a spot at our Comedy Night in Canada festival finale event on March 24th!

Featuring: Karen Joy, Matthew Champ, Nick Peron, Jason Nasrallah, Mitch Zilberg, Rory Gardner, emcee  – Rachelle Elie, plus a guest feature act 

TICKETS: $6.00

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Feb
6
8:30 PM20:30

Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Competition Semi-Finals

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For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. The comics featured in this final competition are the survivors and they have one more shot to make it into the big show and receive a $500 payday! 

Join us as 6 semi-finalists give it all they've got for a spot at our Comedy Night in Canada festival finale event on March 24th!

Featuring: Bee Black, Meghan Honey, Mark Hatfield, Michael Lifshitz, David Haddad, Logan-Avery Cooper, with emcee  – Rachelle Elie, plus a guest feature act 

TICKETS: $6.00

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Feb
5
8:30 PM20:30

Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Competition Semi-Finals

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For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. The comics featured in this final competition are the survivors and they have one more shot to make it into the big show and receive a $500 payday! 

Join us as 6 semi-finalists give it all they've got for a spot at our Comedy Night in Canada festival finale event on March 24th!

Featuring: Heather Hurst, Kamar Babar, Michael Friedman, Sean Carson, Aaron Hill, Ben Capaday with Emcee – Rachelle Elie, plus a guest feature act 

TICKETS: $6.00

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Crackup and GCWCC present Comedy for a Cause
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Crackup and GCWCC present Comedy for a Cause

Don't miss an evening of laughter and fun with this year's 2017 Alterna Savings Crackup comedy event in support of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

Come one, come all; tickets are available to everyone! 


Emcee

Rachelle Elie

Rachelle Elie is known for her boundless energy, fearlessness & dynamic stage presence. Drawing from her experiences growing up in Ottawa with an American mom and a Haitien father, her material is also inspired by her thirteen-year marriage to an Obstetrician Gynecologist and life with two teenage sons. She is a regular comedian and host at Ottawa Yuk Yuk’s and performed recently in The She Dot Festival and The Cracking-Up The Capital Festival. She has opened for Ron James, Angelo Tsarouchas and Mike MacDonald.


Headliner

Don Kelly

Ottawa comic Don Kelly has starred in numerous national comedy specials including CTV’s Comedy Now! and CBC’s Comics! along with numerous appearances on The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Debaters and Madly Off in All Directions. Don is also the host and star of the Gemini-nominated series Fish Out of Water on APTN. Don’s comedy ranges from sharp observations on everyday life to bizarre flights of fancy. He’s a comic for any audience and all occasions!


Performers

These are the winners and audience favorites from the Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy Festival. Come and enjoy some of our favorite performers help raise funds for the GCWCC in our community. 


Kyle Brownrigg

Kyle Brownrigg is new to the comedy industry but is quickly becoming one of Canada's finest acts. In his short career he has shared the stage with comedy greats such as Mike MacDonald, Shaun Majumder and Gilbert Gottfried/ Jon Dore With his quick wit, polished approach, and flamboyant misdemeanor, there can only be one word to describe Kyle: memorable.


Tim Riel

Tim Riel’s work as Host and MC of both the Ottawa and Montreal Comiccons has made him a popular face in the Canadian pop-culture community.

Lauded for his "Boyish-Energy", "Infectious Charisma" and his obvious love for the "pop-culture convention" community, his energy has made him a much-loved, highly sought-after MC and Host. His care and respect for the Guests as well as the unbridled enthusiasm for the content has helped him ensure that every event is a memorable and entertaining one.

Tim is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, having won the Ottawa Comedy Award for "Best Feature Act of the Year" in 2015, touring throughout North America and performing on the Main Stage of the Crackup Comedy Festival.


Jen Labelle

Born and raised in Ottawa, Jenn was always the clown amongst her friends and family until they finally encouraged her to take her antics to the stage. Inspired by some of her favourite comedians like Gerry Dee, Ellen Degeneres, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Amy Schumer, Jenn likes to poke fun at the joys (but more often the challenges) of teaching, everyday life, and the trials and mishaps of the dating world.


Chris Borris

Chris Borris is a father, husband and a productive, respectable member of society by day, bartender by night.  Chris also occasionally makes people laugh as well. 

 

Two years after starting standup comedy, Chris was the winner at the first ever Alterna Crackup Comedy Competition and has since worked with many of the best comics in the country. 

 

Melanie from Facebook described Chris thusly - "The MC is sorta the best lol."


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Toronto stand up comic who has performed at Just For Laughs in Montreal, JFL42 in Toronto, been featured on CBC and SiriusXM radio, and was the winner of the 2016 Toronto Comedy Brawl

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Ron James In Concert!
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Ron James In Concert!

  • Arena @ TD Place - Doors Open at 7:00 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Called the ‘gold standard in Canadian stand-up comedy’ and star of 9 critically acclaimed one-hour CBC television comedy specials, seeing Ron live is where the rubber hits the road, as this non-stop, poetically charged and physical performer promises to deliver a night of ‘side-splitting laughs that has them rolling the aisles’.

— HALIFAX HERALD

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Crackup Comedy Competition – Yuk Yuks Comedy Finals with Jon Steinberg
Feb
8
8:30 PM20:30

Crackup Comedy Competition – Yuk Yuks Comedy Finals with Jon Steinberg

For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. See which one of the six comics performing at Yuk Yuks Ottawa will be left standing and participating in the Feb 18th festival finale event - Comedy Night in Canada!

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Crackup Comedy Competition – Absolute Comedy Finals with Nick Reynoldson
Feb
7
8:30 PM20:30

Crackup Comedy Competition – Absolute Comedy Finals with Nick Reynoldson

For the past eight months, Canada's Capital Region comics have been slugging it out for a spot in the Alterna Savings Crackup comedy festival finale. See which one of the six comics performing at Absolute Comedy will be left standing and participating in the Feb 18th festival finale event - Comedy Night in Canada!

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Comedy Competition - Ottawa South
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Comedy Competition - Ottawa South

  • Orchard View Wedding and Event Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at Orchard View Wedding & Event Centre on November 8 at 7pm (6pm for pub-style food and beverage service) for a hilarious comedy battle. Ten of Ottawa's funniest comedians battle it out and YOU get to help us select three finalists to compete in our Competition Finals on February 7 and 8.

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Oct
2
to Oct 8

Mental Illness Awareness Week

This Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) help stop the stigma with Alterna Savings Crackup.

In recognition of MIAW, get your tickets to our special show on October 14th created for the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

Tickets for this event are available for the general public - because we can't let federal public servants and federal retirees have all the fun! 

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