Comedy did not appear out of nowhere. There were greats who came and changed the landscape forever. This page was created to pay tribute to these greats, and to pay tribute to their contributions to our industry. If you would like to learn more about them, we welcome you to read the page below.
The Quebec Comedy Guide proudly pays tribute to the Canadian Stand-up Comedian, writer, and actor, Norm MacDonald.
Norm MacDonald grew up as an Anglophone in Quebec City.
In the 1980’s he was a working Stand-up Comedian who appeared regularly at Montreal’s Comedy Nest. In 1986, The Montreal Gazette promoted him as one of Canada’s hottest comedians for his first appearance at The Just For Laughs comedy festival. You can hear this routine on YouTube.
That performance led to writing jobs for Roseanne and Dennis Miller. As well as many US television appearances. David Letterman said “If we could have, we would have had Norm on every week.”
The Quebec Comedy Guide proudly pays tribute to the Canadian Stand-up Comedian Morton Lyon Sahl.
Mort Sahl was born to Jewish parents in Montreal. His father owned a tobacco shop.
At the outbreak of World War II, his family was then living in California and a fifteen-year-old Sahl ran off to join the US Army. After two weeks, his mother went to get him. She couldn’t keep him for long as Sahl soon signed up for the US Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the Air Force, upon graduating from high school.
Improvisational comedy has been a great way for people to bond and to see something that only the people in the room can share. The show couldn't be repeated even if the performers tried to.
The traditional form of comedy where someone literally stand-up before an audience. The comedian tells stories and jokes to entertain while possibly speaking towards a specific theme.
Find locations around the province where you might find comedy. This can include cities, towns, and areas in various regions. These can include public shows and private parties.