December 9 at 8:00pm: Derek Seguin & Dino Archie
A much loved headliner with the Yuk Yuks chain of comedy clubs, Derek has worked with some of Canada’s best, like Russell Peters, George Strombolopoulous, Steve Patterson, Jeremy Hotz, Mike McDonald, Joey Elias, Sugar Sammy, Mike Wilmot, Mike Ward and the list goes on, often at their behest. Following last summer’s French Comedy Bastards show which was a huge critical and commercial success at Just for Laughs, demand for Derek’s appearances has skyrocketed. His take on all things in life have a Quebecois flare to them but are hysterical for everyone. He really connects with his audiences which makes him a fan favourite wherever he goes. Whether he’s ragging on politics or describing life with his 3 children, he brings us into his perspective without preaching any selfish point of view… he’s simply fun to watch and listen to. He has appeared at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Global Vancouver Comedy Festival, the CBC Ha!lifax Comedy Festival, The Grand Rire du Québec Comedy Festival, several Just for Laughs and Juste pour Rire festivals, the Sudbury Comedy Festival, the Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival and the first ever Prince Edward island Comedy Festival… it’s been a festive couple of years and he’s thrilled to be making his first ever stop at the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton in ‘09. Derek has been named to the top ten funniest stand-up comedians in the Montreal Mirror’s “Best of” readers’ poll since 2006 but he has fans from coast to coast in Canada. Following an intense year of touring, a recent broadcast of a CBC / Just for Laughs TV special, a few TV spots in French, as well as over a dozen appearances on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”, Derek has really come to the forefront when it comes to Canadian comedy. The quintessential performer, Derek is a stand-up comedian, actor, host, narrator, voice actor and most importantly, father of 3 beautiful children… and all this, in both English and French… which often leaves his children wondering what the hell is going on.
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.