Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Fest … #FTW

Laugh and laugh some more at this summer’s Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival. Gather your friends and frenemies, peeps and neighbours, sibs and ‘rents, and anybody who could use a few chuckles … and head out to some of the shows at this summer’s laugh fest, running from July 30 to August 2. This second annual event is being presented in partnership with Sparks Street BIA and The Ottawa International Busker Festival.

Buy tickets and you’ll be laughing all the way to making a positive difference for mental health causes in our community. #FTW! 

Culture Clubbing

Thursday, July 30, check out Culture Clubbing at Brixton’s British Pub, 210 Sparks Street
. This multicultural show starts at 8 p.m. and will tickle your world-view funny bone. Host is Lamar Williams
and the lineup of comics includes Paul Baluyot, Andrew Searles and Guido Cocomello. The charity partner for this show is the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Rise of the Comics

Are they hilarious or what? Friday, July 31, get a load of the best new comedians on the Ottawa scene and laugh along with them at Nate’s/South Block Lounge, 152 Sparks Street. The host is Nick Burden and the comedians are Heather Hurst, Tim Riel, Kelsey Ryan and Kyle Brownrigg. Tickets are $17.50 and shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. The charity partner for this show is The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre.


The kids are welcome to come along and laugh it up at BattleCom, a Geek War of a comedy game show, Saturday, August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street
. Six entertainers will face off, two at a time, and have to think fast as questions are fired at them.  The audience will decide who gets to survive this entertaining battle. The host is Paul Ash and the charity partner is Do It For Daron.

The Relationship Show

Part of a couple … or wish you were/weren’t? You’ll giggle along and maybe even belly laugh as some clever-tongued comics send up marriage, divorce, breakups, reunions, parenthood, kids and the whole kissy-messy-hurtin-hankering shebang Saturday, August 1. This show, at 8 p.m. at 3 Brewers, 240 Sparks Street
, is hosted by Josh Williams
 and features Jess Saloman, Matt Carter and Eman el-Husseini. The charity partner is The Causeway Foundation.

Best of the Fest

This year’s festival finale show, Sunday, August 2, features host Brendan McKeigan along with Guido Cocomello, Eman el-Husseini and headliner Mike Wilmot. The charity partner for this event, Partners for Mental Health, will be hosting a silent auction as part of the fun. It starts at 8 p.m. at The Marriott Hotel,100 Kent Street. Tickets are $20. 

For details and tickets to the shows, see

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