Many of you are aware we lost a great comic and supporter of our festival last week. Ottawa's own Mike MacDonald sadly passed due to heart complications and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. In Mike's honor we will be using $5 from each ticket sold at the Festival Finale' to establish a Comedy Development Fund for local comics to grow their art and craft. More details to come in the next few months
STRAIGHT FROM THE HAL!FAX COMEDY FESTIVAL AND CANADA'S MOST REPECTED STAND-UP DEREK EDWARDS
Derek Edwards with his award-winning rural humor has made him the hottest comedy commodity in Canada.
Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary. Selling out concert halls across Canada, Derek Edwards can also be found many evenings entertaining at corporate events from conventions to conferences or banquets.
A regular at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was recently hailed as a “virtuoso at the peak of his performance,” Derek’s delivers his comedy with polished style and impeccable timing. Derek Edwards is the only Canadian winner of the prestigious Vail International Comedy Competition, is a two time Gemini nominee and has been nominated numerous times as Best Standup Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Derek’s numerous TV credits include The New Red Green Show, A & E’s Comedy on the Road, Just For Laughs, and CBC’s Comics.
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.
Born and raised in Toronto, Leonard performs stand-up, improv, and sketch all across Canada. He has been heard on Sirius/XM and CBC radio, published on CBC Comedy, and seen on stage at various comedy festivals including JFL42. In his spare time, he disappoints his parents by not being a doctor.
HALIFAX NATIVE TONY QUINN
For 13 years Tony played a weekly musical comedy matinee to a packed to capacity crowd in Nova Scotia Canada. He was an MC and feature comedian at the Halifax Comedy Festival two years in a row.
With a huge afro, and a love of pulled pork sandwiches, Adrienne Fish has been making her mark on Canada’s comedy scene. Based out of Toronto, Adrienne recently recorded her second nationally aired TV taping, has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters, and was nominated by NOW Magazine as Toronto’s Best Female Stand-up.
TO HELP ROCK THE HOUSE -DJ Killajewel
Well known as the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival’s Ethnic Show DJ, and the Comedy Network’All Access Live on-screen DJ, Killa-Jewel has solidified her place amongst the best in the industry, and has propelled herself to the top of her class.