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YYComedy Festival

Hot Entertainment: Hot Nuts & Popcorn 2.0 at Loose Moose

Last week, Calgary comics were joined by some of the nation’s top comedians in performing at the first YYComedy Festival. The week-long affair proved a success and will now be an annual event.

Hot Nuts & Poporn 2.0 returns Oct. 6. Photo: Photobat.

The festival coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Loose Moose Theatre Company. The improv comedy company is known across Canada for its innovative theatre sports and well-known alumni (including Kids in the Hall actors Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney).

A festival highlight was the reunion show of the company’s popular late night live talk show, Hot Nuts & Popcorn. For those who missed the show, it will be held again on Saturday, October 6 at 11 pm. Hot Nuts & Popcorn 2.0 reunites hosts Derek Flores, Comedy Central’s Eric Amber and Terry Cahill of the cult movie FUBAR. The show ran weekly from 1999 to 2002 and featured hilarious improvised interviews with local celebrities. Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased on the Loose Moose website. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Gavin Crawford at the YYComedy Festival

Gavin Crawford performs Thursday night in Calgary. Photo: Courtesy: YYComedy Festival.

Gavin Crawford, of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, performs at the University Theatre tomorrow—Thursday, September 27—during the YYComedy Festival. Wherespoke with Crawford about what fans can expect from his stand-up show.

Where: Most Canadians know you from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, what can we expect from your stand-up show?

Crawford: Characters. A whole lot of characters. The live stuff I do is a bit edgier than you will see on CBC, not offensive per say but perhaps slightly more real. My live shows are kind of like concerts I guess, only with characters instead of songs. There’s some stuff people may know from 22 Minutes like Mark Jackson or Rufus Wainwright [impressions], but I can go a little deeper with them because the pieces don’t have to be two minutes long. I also get to play other people who don’t fit into the 22landscape. I like to make fun of things through characters, and sometimes impressions, so the show is really a mix of character monologues and impersonations. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Graham Clark at the YYComedy Festival

Comedian Graham Clark performs at the YYComedy Festival. Photo: Courtesy YYComedy Festival.

Along with some of Canadian comedy’s biggest names, Vancouver stand-up comedian Graham Clark will be perform this Saturday, September 29 at the YYComedy Festival’s gala event at the Jubilee Auditorium. That night’s lineup includes Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney. On Thursday, September 27, Clark and co-host Dave Shumka will hold a live recording of their Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast, “Stop Podcasting Yourself.” Where spoke with Clark about the podcast and who he’s looking forward to catching at the festival.

Where: For those who haven’t heard your podcast, tell us about “Stop Podcasting Yourself.”

Clark: “Stop Podcasting Yourself” is a weekly comedy chat show featuring the amazing Dave Shumka and myself. We have a guest every week who is usually (but not necessarily) someone from the comedy world. It has often been described by listeners as sounding like you are hanging out with some funny friends. Our longest running and most popular segment is called “Overheards” which features listeners (or as they are sometimes called “bumpers”) sending in funny things they have overheard or seen. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: YYComedy Festival

Kids in the Hall stars Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney perform Saturday night at the YYComedy Festival Gala. Photo: Courtesy YYComedy.

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. (more…)

Top 10 Best Local Comedy Nights

Kaboom…Hooray! at Yuk Yuk’s. Photo: Andy Nichols.

10. Festivals Two September comedy festivals—the Calgary International Improv Festival and the new YYComedy Festival—spotlight local talent. The Calgary International Improv Festival features improv and stand-up performances at various venues. The YYComedy Festival kicked off its inaugural year in 2012 with performances by both emerging and established comedians, including Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney.

9. Improv Guild A performance theatre and training centre for improvised acting which features local shows and acts every Friday at 8 p.m. Drop-in improv classes for all experience levels take place every Sunday at noon, September through June. Tickets available at the door. Call 403-703-4705 for more information.

8. Juliet’s Castle This northeast sports bar hosts the popular Going to Hell Sundays experimental open comedy show. Featuring professional touring performers and local emerging talent, the show’s main focus is crude and uncensored humour. Show at 8 p.m. No cover charge. (more…)