Comedy in Calgary is more popular than ever, making it a terrific time for the city’s first YYComedy Festival. In the week-long festival, local talent and Canada’s top comedians come together for a hilarious collection of stand-up, improv, theatre sports and live recordings of award-winning comedy podcasts and radio programs. The festival also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Comedy Cave, 35th anniversary of Loose Moose Theatre Company and the 25th anniversary of Yuk Yuk’s in Calgary.
Several events take place nightly, here are Where’s recommendations for what to see:
Monday, September 24 Head down to the Loose Moose Theatre where alumni Rebecca Northan (of the one-woman play Blind Date) and Albert Howell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) improvise a play with dialogue provided by the audience. Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $20.
Tuesday, September 25 Check out great local talent at the live recording of CJSW 90.9FM’s “Am I Right??” comedy program at Lolita’s Lounge. Local comedians perform, show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $10.
Wednesday, September 26 CBC Radio’s satirical program “This Is That” was the winner of Best Radio Program at the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards. The show will be recorded live on Thursday night at the University Theatre at the University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW). Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $20.
Thursday, September 27 This Hour Has 22 Minutes star Gavin Crawford performs live stand-up at the University Theatre. Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $20.
From Vancouver, podcasters Graham Clark and Dave Shumka record a live version of their 2012 Canadian Comedy Award winning podcast, “Stop Podcasting Yourself.” The show starts at 8 pm at the VooDoo Lounge (720 16 Avenue NW). Tickets are $10.
Friday, September 28 Fans of improv will want to catch Theatre Sports at the Loose Moose Theatre. Teams of current Loose Moose performers and alumni participate in theatre sports, a type of improvised comedy founded at the theatre and now performed around the world. Show is at 8 pm, tickets are $15.
Saturday, September 29 Kids in the Hall comedians Mark McKinney and Bruce McCulloch perform at the festival’s gala event at the Jubilee Auditorium. Expect a tribute to Loose Moose Theatre Company, stand-up from Graham Clark, Lori Gibbs and more. Show is at 8 pm, tickets are $44.
Sunday, September 30 Cap off the festival with a night of laughs at the Comedy Cave with headliner Paul Ogata and others. Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $10.
Tickets can be purchased online at YYComedy’s website. Tickets for the gala can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by calling 1-855-985-5000.
– Adele Brunnhofer