Timmins, Ontario’s Derek Edwards Thursday, May 6th
Derek Edwards is a fourteen-year veteran of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, which included a cross-Canada tour with Rick Mercer. He is the only Canadian winner of the prestigious Vail, Colorado Invitational Comedy Competition, as well as four-time nominee and the 2004/05 winner of Best Standup Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Edwards has appeared on A&E’s Comedy Hits the Road, CTV’s Comedy Now, CBC TV’s Comics (garnering him a Gemini nomination for best comedy), CBC Radio’s Madly Off In All Directions, The Multi-Cultural Show, The Prime Minister’s Show, Sleeping With The Elephant and The Halifax Comedy Festival (resulting in another Gemini nomination).
It’s a Blunderful Life is a comedic expose combining common sense and an inspired sense of the ridiculous. With a wit and will forged in Northern Canada, Edwards guides his audience through the pivotal life moments everyone confronts in their 20s, 30s, 40s and on. Snapshots of the past and the world around us, skewed and imbued with a small town charm and tempered with an inimitable quirky perspective.
Edinburgh Scotland’s Danny Bhoy Friday, May 7th
Since his first solo show in a modest 60-seater at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001, Scotsman Danny Bhoy’s star has risen to include a performance on Late Night with David Letterman this past March.
In just a short few years, Danny has built up a massive following everywhere he has been. He has continually smashed his own box office records in Australia and New Zealand as well as in his home country of Scotland. As probably the most travelled comedian working in the World today, Danny’s unique brand of story-telling and razor sharp wit has been described as “effortlessly funny” by one critic, and “the stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson” by another.
His recent appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival have created a stir among audiences and critics alike with the Montreal Gazette describing him as “the stand out hit of the festival” in the same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Individual Comedy Performance. In 2008 he had the honour of appearing on the prestigious All Star Gala, usually reserved for veteran comics of the festival.
After the huge success of his first DVD ‘Live at The Opera House’, Danny has just released his 2nd DVD ‘Live at the Athenaeum’ which features more hilarious yarns from this most gifted of performers. In July 2009, he also recorded a highly prestigious 1-hour Comedy Central Special.