Where Calgary's Comedy Celebrities Strut Their NEW Stuff
The cream of Calgary's comedy crop perform their newest material. This isn't the stuff you've seen in their club shows or on their TV appearances. It's the brand new material that they are sharing with the world for the first time, and you can be there to witness it.
Red Carpet Comedy was, once again, happy to sponsor the Calgary edition of the 24 Hour Film Race. We donated a couple dozen tickets which will be given away as door prizes this coming Wednesday night at the screening of the films made by talented local artists (in just one day) a few weeks ago.
It’s a shame we’ll have to miss the screening (as it is the same night of the Best of Season 3 album recording) but, if film is more your thing than stand-up, it is definitely worth checking out. Basically, there’s no reason to stay home this Wednesday night in Calgary.
Thursday night’s first season finale of Live at Lolita’s was an ideal way to wrap up the season. A nice full house was treated to first class comedy from our four great stand-ups. Thanks to Brad Muise, Chris Griffin, Kevin Stobo and John Hastings for delivering such great performances.
We also can’t extend enough gratitude to Steve Nagy for not only providing the photos of the evening (full album on Facebook) but for also running the door and sound cues throughout the night. There would most certainly have not been a show without you!
While Live at Lolita’s is now on a break until the fall (at the earliest), Red Carpet Comedy does one more show before its summer hiatus. Mark June 27 in your calendars for the special season finale/best of album recording – we’re going to send off RCC’s third season with a bang. Tickets and more information are available online here.
The May 30 Red Carpet Comedy show was the perfect lead up to our last of the season on June 27. The performers knocked it out of the park. Thanks to Don Wood, Alan Cho, Brent Constantin, Sarah Adams, Donovan Deschner, Cory Mack, Derek Sweet, Scott Porteous, Kyle Francis and Jeff Kubik.
Many of the featured performers from May 30 will also be involved in our season finale – a special “Best of” album recording showcasing the performers and material that were really stand-outs from our third season. You can get more information and tickets for this special night (June 27) online by clicking here.
Thanks to our photographer, Anna Chan, for capturing the fun of the evening. There is a full Facebook album online also.
In between now and the album recording, we are also producing another edition of Live at Lolita’s featuring Brad Muise, Chris Griffin, Kevin Stobo and John Hastings. This show is a little bit different than the first three Live at Lolita’s performances – we’ve been fortunate enough to line up a quadruple feature of stand-up instead of also including some variety and, if you’ve seen this performers individually, you’ll know how great it will be to see them combine forces.
Last Wednesday night’s Red Carpet Comedy left quite the buzz in the air among the performers. It is safe to say that our wonderful audience that evening (listening, interested and appreciative) provided the comedians with enough adrenaline to lose at least a couple of hours of sleep. Audiences such as that really make the show worthwhile and all the comedians wish to extend their thanks to them for their assistance in helping make us better at what we love to do.
The performers that night were: Donovan Deschner, Doug Mutai, Kyle Francis,Scoot Laird, Jeff Kubik, Benjamin Valentine, Jeff Toth, Brent Constantin and Chris Griffin. You all did a great job – it made for an evening of not just remarkable sets, but an overall remarkable show. Keep up the great work!
Special thanks go to our photographer that evening, Ryan Ammon, for doing a bang-up job. (At least three of the performers used his photos for their profile pictures!) You can find Ryan on Facebook or on his blog. Also, thanks to Steve Nagy. Steve helps us out almost every month – this time around he was running the sound booth.
The next Red Carpet Comedy is on May 30 (tickets available here) and already is set to feature some favourites of the stage that we don’t get to see often enough. If you just can’t wait until then, the next Live at Lolita’s is on May 10 and features Sean Lecomber, Doug Mutai and Chris Gordon. Tickets are $15 and available online here.
The last Red Carpet Comedy show was over two weeks ago. Normally there is a follow-up blog post within a couple days of the show (thanking the performers and audience and recapping anything eventful), but the show’s producer left for Las Vegas on a vacation just a couple days later and this post is now woefully overdue. Thankfully, the March 28 show is not easily forgettable; all the comics had really great sets and the audience was one of the best we’ve had.
Performances from Jeff Kubik, Brent Constantin, Alan Cho, Cory Mack, James Moore, Donovan Deschner, Trish Cochlan, Daryl Makk and Doug Mutai were rewarded with big laughs from the crowd that evening. Everyone looked to be having such a great time on stage (even when jokes weren’t working as was hoped). And a special kudos to Doug Mutai: less than two weeks after the show he was off to Winnipeg for their comedy festival (televised on CBC in the upcoming months). He used the last part of his set to prepare a bit for the festival (he did some of his regular material to rehearse) and really wrapped up the show nicely. We’re all very excited for you, Doug!
Thanks go the James Moore for the photos from the evening (which can be seen in a Facebook album) – he was working extra hard that night doing double-duty on the photos and a spot on stage so we’re VERY thankful that he could make it. Also, working our box office (such as it is) was Karen Garth. The contributions that our “behind the scenes” people make really do make Red Carpet Comedy a show worth watching and we’re very thankful!
Calgary’s comedy celebrities will once again take the stage with their all new material on April 25. It’s a fresh line up of acts with fresh material that they can’t wait to see how an audience reacts to. You can get your tickets online or RSVP on Facebook.
Not enough amazing things can be said about the premiere of “Live at Lolita’s” last Thursday night! First of all: it was a packed house and every audience member really came ready to laugh. Thank you to everyone who made it out for our first production and for making it a more than memorable evening.
Our three stand-ups did not disappoint. They had incredible sets and truly delivered a first-rate, remarkable show. Huge thank you to Lori Gibbs, Donovan Deschner and Trent McClellan for rocking the house!
Steve Nagy was on hand as our photographer (the above photo credit belongs to him) for the evening and has a complete album of the night’s festivities online here. (If you’d like to see the albums from our shows as they are released, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page.)
To add some variety (and even more comedy) to the evening, we also welcomed a small group from Kaboom… Hooray! to share two sketches, “All Natural Diet” and “Genie.” Thanks to Ian Wallace, Chris Griffin, Kyle Francis, Brent Constantin, Jeff Toth and Jeff Kubik for making those possible. The whole Kaboom troupe is currently working hard to promote their entry into an online video contest (which we actually screened at the last Red Carpet Comedy show). If you have some time they sure would love your views, votes and comments:
Our next “Live At Lolita’s” show will have a lot to live up to but we are confident that we can make it just as good, if not better. Join us on April 12 to see how we do!
On Thursday Night, Red Carpet Comedy is proud to premiere a new show featuring some of your favourite Red Carpet Comedians. While every month at RCC you watch as Calgary’s best stand-ups try their hands at new jokes (which is always a big risk), at this new show you’ll finally get to hear their refined, tried and true material. Some of it may have debuted at a RCC show, but since that night the comedians have gone on to make it even better.
The show is called “Live At Lolita’s,” and will feature three Red Carpet Comedians in a triple feature format (about 30 minutes from each of them) as well as some sketch or other variety comedy thrown in for good measure. (This first month will feature a couple of live sketches from Kaboom… Hooray!) To get the show started with a bang, we’ve booked Lori Gibbs, Donovan Deschner and Trent McClellan! Each of them is a highly requested act locally and across the country. If you’ve seen them individually, you’ll know how amazing it is that they are joining forces on the same show.
Tickets for this show are $15.00 and available online here. If the name wasn’t enough of a give away, Live at Lolita’s will run in the same venue that Red Carpet Comedy does, Lolita’s Lounge.
While we do hope that you can join us for a memorable premiere evening (March 8, 2012), this is a show which will run with three different headliners every month (on the second Thursday) until at least June 2012. So if you have to miss this one, there will be another to catch next month.
Our leap day show last Wednesday night was a great success! The smaller than usual crowd was on board to laugh (when it was deserved) and it’s fair to say that every performer had at least one thing (and usually more) in his or her set that will make it into the regular show rotation. Thanks to the comedians for their continued hard work and helping to make Red Carpet Comedy a show worth watching: Donovan Deschner, Jeff Kubik, Brad Muise, Kyle Francis, Chris Griffin, Brent Constantin, Andrew Schultz(our up and comer that night), Ian Wallace, Jeff Toth and Cory Mack.
Also thanks to Heather Schellenberg for capturing the night on film (digital as it was). The whole evening of shots that she got were pretty spectacular and you can view them in our Facebook album by clicking here. Steve Nagy was also on hand to help with the production of the evening and his help was wildly appreciated.
The next Red Carpet Comedy show is on March 28. Tickets for that show are available online here. It will be another night of all new material in a show unlike any other in Calgary.
On behalf of the participants at Kevin McDonald’s sketch and improv workshop last Thursday and Friday we want to extend a sincere thank you to him for sharing his time, talents, knowledge and (of course) some Kids In The Hall stories. It’s fair to say that everyone learned a lot and are now significantly better at sketch writing and performing.
Kevin will be back through town sometime this fall with Scott Thompson doing a performing tour and we’ll be sure to post more information on that as it becomes available. While he was in town on this trip he stopped by Citytv’s Breakfast Television and met a Globetrotter in the green room! We managed to get a short video of the two of them in action…
If you’re interested in seeing more live sketches we’re going to be giving you that opportunity soon. Red Carpet Comedy is starting a new show next month that will not only feature Calgary’s top comedians (and RCC favourites) but some sketch as well. More information on that will be coming out shortly. For now, be sure to save the evening of March 8.
For the past few weeks Donovan Deschner has been asking the Red Carpet Comedians (some of them, anyway) what they like about the show. Their answers have been compiled into this brief video for your enjoyment. Special thanks to Jeff Kubik, Cory Mack, Trent McClellan, Amanda Perrin, Kyle Francis, Jeff Toth, Brent Constantin and Lori Gibbs.
This video also kicked off our January show (in place of the sketch video we normally use). For the February 29 show we’ll be back to featuring a Kaboom… Hooray! Comedy! sketch. (Also, the Kaboom folks have a show running tonight if you’re free and up for some laughs.)