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.
Laugh Out Loud Presents Comedy Monday Night
Be sure to listen to Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio every Saturday night at 6:30PM (98.1FM in Calgary). Throughout the coming weeks you’ll hear some of the top local headliners in Calgary from the show that was recorded at Broken City in February. If you’re not near a radio, you can also listen online or subscribe to their podcast.
The local stars of CMN are being featured on a national program and we’re very excited to hear them!
May 20 at 8:00pm: Allyson Smith with Toby Muresianu
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?
While still in college, Toby Muresianu became the #1-rated rock radio DJ in Rhode Island, which in 2012 was incorrectly ranked the most important state in the union. After graduating with degrees in computer science and psychology from Brown University, he spent three years at well-regarded Seattle artist’s collective the Microsoft Corporation, working as an engineer while becoming a fixture of comedy clubs in the Seattle area and strengthening his style of thoughtful, well-written comedy. After leaving in 2009 to pursue stand-up full time, Toby performed at top clubs across America and opened for well-known acts including Doug Stanhope, Steve Hofstetter, and Tig Notaro. He also found success internationally, performing frequently in the UK and in other countries from South Africa to Israel to France. He’s appeared at a variety of festivals, including the Bumbershoot Music festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many others. His comedy has been called “Marvelous” by Greg Proops, while Kristen Schaal said “I loved everything about the performance – it was right up my alley”. As a writer, he has written for Real Time with Bill Maher, Yahoo!’s Primetime in No Time, MSN Local, National Lampoon Radio, and for top-grossing national comedians. He’s currently a staff writer on the three time Del Close Award-winning show Top Story Weekly at Improv Olympic in Los Angeles and a regular contributor to NewsRevue, the world’s longest-running live comedy show, in London.
May 27 at 8:00pm: Christophe Davidson with Tim Nasiopoulos
After only a few years in comedy, Christophe landed a coveted spot at the 2007 Just For Laughs festival “Bubbling with Laughter” series, performing alongside the most talented comedians in the world. His one hour show “Christophe and His Superfriends” sold out its entire weekend in 2008. He’s also recorded a special for XM Radio, was a finalist in the JFL Montreal Homegrown Comic Competition, and performs regularly in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and New York. Also a filmmaker, Christophe’s short, “One Hot, Rotting Zombie Love Song” has garnered several awards, and the feature film based on the short is currently in development. Constantly pushing himself as an artist, mixing conventional observations, absurdity, and a concern for the world around him into something distinctly his own. He wants people to think while they’re laughing…but just in case they don’t, he also has jokes about poop.
Upon witnessing his first live comedy show at Yuk Yuk’s several years ago, Tim knew he had found his true calling. Tireless and determined in his efforts to perform in front of a live crowd, Tim capitalized on his opportunity during a Yuk Yuk’s amateur night on a Monday evening and hasn’t looked back since. Armed with a sardonic wit that is second to none, Tim unleashed his comedic talents across the Toronto area while performing at any bar, cafe, or comedy club within reach. After a brief hiatus to sow his wild oats while traveling to Western Canada, Tim has returned to his humble roots and captured the imagination of an entire city. His culturally provocative, ethnically profane, and spiritually revealing insights into the absurdities of the human condition- together with his surrealistic spin on life – is truly a sight to behold, and one that will leave you breathless and wanting more. Don’t miss the chance to see this wolf in sheep’s clothing, as he meticulously tears apart the pillars of traditionalism and the nuclear family, only to replace them with a pure and unadulterated perspective on male and female stupidity.
June 3 at 8:00pm: Daryl Makk with Cory Mack
Daryl Makk has led a fairly nomadic life. With a father who’s promotions at work often meant a new home he graced 8 schools in his 12 years of grade school. His continuous string of new homes proved to be great training for his entertainment travels later on in life. Being able to adapt to new surroundings has became second nature to him. He entered into comedy in 1993 after winning a contest in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada (where he was living at the time), since then he has gone on to to achieve success with his own Comedy Now one hour special on The Comedy Network and several other TV appearances. He has been on CBC radio. XM satellite radio often airs his first album Herding the sheeple. He has appeared twice at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival and has done tours across Canada, in the UK, Costa Rica and Australia. During his tour in Australia he appeared at the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival. Daryl does many corporate shows, fundraisers and cruise ship appearances. He is also a writer currently working on a book based on his travels and has written articles that have been published in various newspapers and magazines.