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

  • Algonquin Commons Theatre 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean, ON K2G 1V8 Nepean, ON K2G 1V8 Canada (map)
 PROUDLY PRESENTS THE CRACKUP 1ST RESPONDERS FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF "WOUNDED WARRIORS CANADA"

PROUDLY PRESENTS THE CRACKUP 1ST RESPONDERS FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF "WOUNDED WARRIORS CANADA"

 Mission  To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Mission

To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

First responders form a unique and resilient workforce, able to cope with some of society’s most complex and critical situations. As such, tools, resources and programs must be adapted for the unique culture and operational realities of first responder organizations.

Routinely exposed to traumatic events in the course of their duties, they also encounter people who are in vulnerable situations, including regular interaction with people living with mental health problems and illnesses. Collectively, these experiences can take a significant toll, both in human and financial costs.

 RYAN DENNEE

RYAN DENNEE

Born and raised in Kingston Ontario, Ryan began his comedy career in 2007 just shy of his 30th birthday. 

A natural storyteller, Ryan combines real life experiences with his powerful ability to go “off the cuff” and work the crowd, creating a hilarious night of entertainment enjoyed by all ages. Dennee has the uncanny ability to play to any age group, from high school students to seniors and everyone in between, Ryan’s likability on stage is inimitable. An avid supporter of Canada’s military, Ryan has performed at nearly a dozen different armed forces bases across the country. Ryan has been featured on XM Radio multiple times. He’s performed at JFL 42, The Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the Waterloo Comedy Festival, and is the producer of Kingston’s Ice Cold Comedy Festival. Ryan has been seen on several television commercials, and his comedy is routinely heard on K-Rock 105.7FM. 

Dennee has been described by several veteran comedians as a comic flying under the radar, and a comedic force to watch out for. 

 

 Emcee for the Evening - Rachelle Elie. This year Rachelle did a sell out run in  Edinburgh Fringe Festival    of her one woman show  S#!t I'm In Love with You Again  and was part of  the  off  Broadway Encore Series . She also participated in the   Women In Comedy Festival      in Boston.    She is known for her boundless energy, fearlessness & dynamic stage presence.  A graduate of  Bishop’s University    and Vancouver's  Studio 58 , Rachelle has been studying and performing comedy for over twenty years. She has written and performed five one woman shows and was recently she was nominated for a  JFL   Comedy  FRANKIE Award     at  The  Montreal St Amboise Fringe Festival  .    Elie recently moved to Ottawa after living in Toronto for twenty years and is comedienne in residence for the  Alterna Savings CrackUp Comedy Festival.

Emcee for the Evening - Rachelle Elie. This year Rachelle did a sell out run in Edinburgh Fringe Festival of her one woman show S#!t I'm In Love with You Again and was part of the off Broadway Encore Series. She also participated in the Women In Comedy Festival in Boston. She is known for her boundless energy, fearlessness & dynamic stage presence.  A graduate of Bishop’s University and Vancouver's Studio 58, Rachelle has been studying and performing comedy for over twenty years. She has written and performed five one woman shows and was recently she was nominated for a JFL Comedy FRANKIE Award at The Montreal St Amboise Fringe Festival Elie recently moved to Ottawa after living in Toronto for twenty years and is comedienne in residence for the Alterna Savings CrackUp Comedy Festival.

 Rick Lemieux

Rick Lemieux

Rick Lemieux has been doing comedy for over 15 years.  High energy and a fantastic wit make this act a hard one to follow. The jokes come hard and fast at the expense of his family, friends and better half – all feel Rick’s comedic wrath!

For several years, Rick has been organizing various comedy shows to raise much needed funds for many non-profit organizations. The shows have proven to be very successful and have raised over $100,000. In 2014, Rick started the Timmins Comedy Festival, which has featured many of Canada’s top comedians. Rick is also a well established comedian and has worked throughout Canada. He’s shared the stage with comedy greats, Gerry Dee, Brent Butt, Derek Edwards, Mike MacDonald, Pete Zedlacher and  many others!

 NADINE MASSIE

NADINE MASSIE

Since graduating from the National School of Humor in 2006, Nadine has participated in the 2009 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, at a Changing Gala hosted by Stéphane Fallu. During the Girly Show, as part of the Zoofest, she played for three years as a comedian, founder, author and co-producer with three other female comedians. The girls presented an award at the Gala Les Olivier 2010 and participated in the JMP event of the same year, as part of the Festival Juste Pour Rire. She starred in the show Ben and Jarrod for a while in 2009. We also saw her on the show En Route To My First Gala 2009, as a semi-finalist. It was also seen, in character, during a number on the show Ben and Jarrod, in 2008, and in stand-up on the French site YouHumour. We see Nadine at the Grand Laugh Comedy Club since 2011. She participated in the show Biodegradable, the writings remain as a substitute. She is an official member of the show Cher journal (a Spectra production) in several festivals (including JPR), 2011-2012 editions. Nadine also lent her pen during the HAHAHaïti show during Juste Pour Rire in July 2013, as well as at the Avenir Lac-Mégantic show at the Bell Center, in August 2013. She writes for the webzine Boucle Magazine. Many projects are in development, visit the News tab to find out more! Nadine has continued her training by adding Danielle Fichaud's workshops to her experience with, among other things, this year, a course of play in front of the camera

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Robbie Stevenson started comedy in Kingston, Ontario in 2010.  However, in 2012 he suffered a set back when he was hospitalized and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Not to be deterred, Robbie came roaring back on to the comedy scene post-diagnosis with an original and hard-hitting comedy style. Unfiltered honesty and a positive attitude, Robbie embraces the darker side of life.

 MATT CARTER -Matt Carter is veteran of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.  He is a one time nominee and one time loser of a Canadian Comedy Award.  He was the winner of the just south of prestigious Absolute Comedy Prove Your a Headliner Competition.  He's hilarious... no seriously... I see your skeptical but... you know what fine, don't come see him, stay home...  No, no, he doesn't want you there  You had your chance, enjoy the pot roast jerk face.  

MATT CARTER -Matt Carter is veteran of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.  He is a one time nominee and one time loser of a Canadian Comedy Award.  He was the winner of the just south of prestigious Absolute Comedy Prove Your a Headliner Competition.  He's hilarious... no seriously... I see your skeptical but... you know what fine, don't come see him, stay home...  No, no, he doesn't want you there  You had your chance, enjoy the pot roast jerk face.  

 Mark‘s extraordinary story is well documented. After graduating from Bishop’s University Mark earned a spot with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and later played for the Houston Oilers. In 1997, he moved back to Canada, and joined the B.C. Lions football club of the Canadian Football League.  Beyond football, Mark created and starred in short segments entitled, “The Retired CFL Guy”, for the comedy network’s “Game Face” series. He also hosted the “Big Bad Sports Show” on Rogers cable for two seasons and has been a frequent guest on TSN’s “Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.” Mark is also the founder and head trainer for Hatfield’s Athletic Development Centre and a professional firefighter in the city of Ottawa.

Mark‘s extraordinary story is well documented. After graduating from Bishop’s University Mark earned a spot with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and later played for the Houston Oilers. In 1997, he moved back to Canada, and joined the B.C. Lions football club of the Canadian Football League.

Beyond football, Mark created and starred in short segments entitled, “The Retired CFL Guy”, for the comedy network’s “Game Face” series. He also hosted the “Big Bad Sports Show” on Rogers cable for two seasons and has been a frequent guest on TSN’s “Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.” Mark is also the founder and head trainer for Hatfield’s Athletic Development Centre and a professional firefighter in the city of Ottawa.

PLUS, A special surprise addition....

 Angnakuluk Friesen is a Law student with the University of Saskatchewan's Nunavut Law Program in Iqaluit Nunavut. Since Jan 2016 she has been a volunteer with Rankin Inlet Fire and Rescue. In September 2017, her debut children's book, "Only in My Hometown", was released, published by Groundwood Books. Last fall Angnakuluk and Bibi Bilodeau started an all women's open mic night in Iqaluit, to support female comics wanting space to practise stand-up comedy and laugh. Men are allowed to attend, but they must dress in drag. On March 11 of this year, Angnakuluk preformed her debut skit, winning a runner-up position at the Iqaluit Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy contest.

Angnakuluk Friesen is a Law student with the University of Saskatchewan's Nunavut Law Program in Iqaluit Nunavut. Since Jan 2016 she has been a volunteer with Rankin Inlet Fire and Rescue. In September 2017, her debut children's book, "Only in My Hometown", was released, published by Groundwood Books. Last fall Angnakuluk and Bibi Bilodeau started an all women's open mic night in Iqaluit, to support female comics wanting space to practise stand-up comedy and laugh. Men are allowed to attend, but they must dress in drag. On March 11 of this year, Angnakuluk preformed her debut skit, winning a runner-up position at the Iqaluit Alterna Savings Crackup Comedy contest.

 To rock the house versatile DJ, Scorpion host all kinds of parties for the diverse cultural communities of Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Socially engaged, he participated in the development of an art therapy program, "Hey DJ", which combines learning of the performing arts and helping relationship.

To rock the house versatile DJ, Scorpion host all kinds of parties for the diverse cultural communities of Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Socially engaged, he participated in the development of an art therapy program, "Hey DJ", which combines learning of the performing arts and helping relationship.