Second Best in “Arts and Culture” at the Calgary Choice Awards
Comedy Monday Night was thrilled and honoured to be nominated for Best Arts and Culture at the Calgary Choice Awards. Thanks to everyone that voted for us we came in second place! Congratulations to all the nominees. We’re absolutely thrilled about this. You can read more in an article that the Calgary Beacon published.
December 16 at 8:00pm: Allyson Smith & Greg Kettner
Allyson Smith has been tickling Canada’s comedy scene from the moment she put down the chalk brush and picked up a mic. With her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up and hilariously insightful commentary, playing to packed rooms is just another day at the office for this former high-school teacher, whose credits include CTV’s Comedy Now, MuchMusic’s Video on Trial, CBC’s The Debaters, the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and just about everywhere in between.
As a young‘un, Allyson knew she was weird. While other little girls were flailing around in baggy ballet leotards, she was introducing her fellow sixth graders to power of a perfectly timed punch line. As talent shows grew into theatre and sketch comedy, Allyson’s calling became clear: she was going to make people laugh. And laugh they did.
A natural born entertainer with the pipes to prove it, Allyson was soon leaving locals laugh-drunk in sketchy bars across the prairies. No room was too seedy for Miss Smith.
But it wasn’t long before dodgy backroom deals turned into legitimate front-of-the-house bookings and a packed dance card of appearances at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Seattle Comedy Contest and Yuk Yuk’s across Canada.
Today, the “embarrassingly varied” teacher-cum-comic is a sought-after fan favourite, headlining shows from coast to coast and popping up in living rooms wherever there’s a cable signal…often uninvited but always charming (*wink*).
Despite emerging as one of Canada’s rising stand-up stars, Allyson has remained true to her talent show roots. Her down-to-earth nature and girl-next-door approachability have earned her the respect and friendship of fans and fellow comics alike. When she isn’t smiling in the spotlight, you’ll find her growing Canadian comedy from behind the scenes, hosting open mic nights, yammering with virgins or sniffing out dicey rooms that could use a few laughs.
Now, who’s ready for detention?
Greg Kettner was born and raised in Hong Kong and migrated with his family to Canada six years later. Since getting on stage in 2005 on a dare, he has played to thousands across Canada in clubs, casinos, pubs and theatres. You’ve heard of Just for Laughs, Last Comic Standing and Comedy Now…so has Greg. His lucky break came in 2008 when he performed impromptu for 3,500 SAP co-workers in Las Vegas, which lead to opening for Grammy Award winner Joss Stone. Greg has been featured at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Calgary FunnyFest and on XM Radio. His corporate clients include Coca Cola, Vancouver Canucks, SAP, Business Objects, HUB International, Key West Ford, Oceanside Rotary and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
December 30 at 8:00pm: Bengt Washburn
Bengt Washburn (pronounced “bent”) is a self-proclaimed unaccomplished Mormon. His act has been described as intelligent, whereas Bengt himself is usually described as ditzy, neurotic and logistically impaired. Bengt’s show is constructed out of his mistakes, all the details of the “carefully crafted series of unfortunate decisions” that are his life. A prolific comic, he has produced a DVD, “Mormon Meets World”, and two CDs, “Get Bengt” and “Hell Bengt”. Both CDs can be heard on XMRadio. Bengt is a former winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has also been heard on “The Bob and Tom Show”. His ever-evolving act is sometimes topical, often autobiographical, at times poignant, mostly true and of course very, very, funny.
All shows take place at Broken City (613 – 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB).