Tickets $35.50 – $65.00
Saturday, February 6, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The arena at TD Place, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank Street, Ottawa
Join us for a hilarious “Comedy Night in Canada” themed evening with some of Canada’s best comedians! This year’s Canadian Comedy Icon Award will be presented to the beautiful and talented Mary Walsh and we will have some of Canada’s best comedians, special guests, and local Comedy competition winners.
Headliner: Gerry Dee
ry Dee-Sports Reporter.
Jessica Holmes is a successful comedian, writer, actress, and speaker. Raised in Ottawa, she moved to Toronto in 93’ to attend Ryerson University, where she majored in writing. After graduating, Jessica began performing stand up and comedic monologues at local clubs. She was immediately recognized for her ability to transform herself into dozens of hilarious characters.
In 99′ Jessica landed several appearances at the Just for Laughs international comedy festival in Montreal. Jessica joined Toronto’s legendary Second City, where she co- wrote and performed in two shows. During those years, she made appearances on TV shows like History Bites and Laughing Matters, and starred in her first series entitled Little Big Kid on YTV. She was nominated for several 2000 and 2001 Canadian Comedy Awards for her TV and sketch comedy work.
Holmes co-wrote and starred in the Comedy Network series The Itch, and the CTV comedy/music series: Sonic Temple. She went on to write and star in her own one-hour comedy special for CTV titled Holmes Alone. For the special, Holmes received a Gemini nomination as well as the Platinum Award at the Houston International Comedy Festival.
Big Daddy Tazz
Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than a decade and a half. Known as the “Bi-Polar Buddha”, Tazz is equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations from coast-to-coast.
Tazz’s many national festival appearances have included the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, for which he often multitasks as a writer, producer and performer. Tazz’s explosive gala performances at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival over the years can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network. On April 1, 2008 Tazz shattered the standing record for continuous stand-up comedy with his 8.5-hour stand-up comedy show.
While not really being the pride of anywhere, Harry Doupe was born and raised in the small town of Fort Langley, British Columbia (the first capital of the province). An award winning comic and writer, he began his comedy career in Vancouver, choosing the Dec. 7th date for his first show carefully – “I figured no matter how badly I bombed, historically it would be greatly overshadowed”. Advancement was rapid, winning 20th Century-Fox’s “King Of Comedy” contest less than a year in, and over the next few years developing a reputation as one of the country’s hardest working road comics. Included were headline dates from St. John’s to Victoria as well as appearances at venues such as The Improv and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and New York’s Catch A Rising Star.
The 1990’s brought with them a whole new set of opportunities, and numerous televisions appearances on shows like “Comics!”, “Comedy On The Road” and “Off The Record” opened the door to the world behind the camera. Over the next decade, Harry became an in demand writer, with his knowledge of sports, music, and pop culture making him a perfect fit for award shows. The next years would see him write more than twenty, including numerous Junos, Geminis, NHL’s, and Genies.
As a live act, he’s put together an extensive resume that includes clubs, community halls, theatres, and arenas all across Canada and the United States. Some dates of note include EXPO 86, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and the Tragically Hip’s Another Roadside Attraction at Molson Park in Barrie. He was also the first comedian to perform at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre three times, appearing once with Weird Al Yankovic, and twice with the Tragically Hip at their New Year’s Eve 1999, and New Year’s Day 2000 shows.
In years since, he has continued to write and perform, doing both on Toronto 1’s “The Toronto Show” (for which he won a 2004 Canadian Comedy Award), acted as head writer for the CBC Tsunami Fundraiser “Canada For Asia”, produced the series “Hockeyville”, wrote for “Test The Nation”, the 2007 NHL Awards, and CBC’s coverage of both the 2008 Beijing Summer and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He also appeared at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, wrote for the Discovery series “Qubit”, made several appearances on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters” (as well as the TV version), and for 8 years performed the annual State of the Industry Address at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Tim is one of Canada’s top comedic talents. For more than a decade, Tim has been a comedy writer – on two of Canada’s longest running comedy series – five seasons on “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” (CBC), and ten seasons on “The Rick Mercer Report” (CBC), Tim was one of the creators of the top Canadian comedy special in Canadian history “Talking to American’s” starring Rick Mercer. Between the two shows, Tim has won four Gemini Awards for best comedic writing as well as numerous Writers’ Guild Awards and Canadian Comedy Awards. Tim has also been nominated for two International Emmy Awards, and has recently won a Canadian Screen Award for best comedy writing on The Mercer Report. Some of Tim’s other writing credits include Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Just for Laughs All Access.
Tim has also had many shows in development including “The Tim Steeves Show” with Bell Media last year, where he was the show runner and executive producer. Aside from television writing Tim has had a very successful run as a major advertising brand creator, having been under contract by Bensimon Byrne, and recently was commissioned to create Canadian Tire’s 100 year anniversary campaign.
As a performer Tim has had his own comedy specials including, “Comedy Now” (CTV and The Comedy Network) and “Comics!” (CBC), for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award. He has brought down the house in four gala performances at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal as well as made countless appearances at other comedy festivals around the world and has recently been on Louis CK’s comedy tour.
Many Canadians know Tim from his TV work, as a co-star on “The Bette Show” (CBC) and as the host of the sports trivia show “Game On” (Global) and the raucous male chat show “Real Men” (Global).
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Tickets $35.50 – $65.00