More and more people are tuning in to one of Ottawa’s cheap and easy entertainment options —comedy.
“We’re sold out 95 per cent of the time here,” said Absolute Comedy manager Jeff Tanguay.
“Even on Wednesdays and Thursdays, we are turning people away.”
Preston Street’s Absolute Comedy is currently gearing up for their summer season with an all-star line up of comedians. Among those scheduled to perform are Just For Lau-ghs veterans Steve Levine and Andrew Grose.
While recognizable faces bring fans in, veteran performers aren’t the only ones drawing people to shows, said Tanguay. An increase in interest from local amateur comedians has contributed to the comedy’s popularity in the city.
Student and amateur performer Chris Hunt, isn’t surprised by the draw the city has to new artists.
“Ottawa is a huge hotspot for amateur performers. The city has a reputation for being one of the funniest cities in Canada,” said Hunt.
Held every Wednesday, Yuk Yuks provides a weekly venue for amateur artists to practice their bits.
Beyond amateur shows, Yuk Yuks offers a variety of weekly comedic programming.
The National Arts Centre will also being going for laughs this spring when is hosts actor and comedian Eddie Izzard. Recognizable from his appearances in the popular Ocean’s films, Izzard will be performing at the NAC on May 28.
The NAC has also scheduled Scottish-Indian comedian, Danny Bhoy, for May 1-2.