YYComedy began as the inspired vision of festival founder Cory Mack back in October of 2011. Calgary had been designated as Canada’s Cultural Capital for the year 2012, and the same year a great number of comedically–connected anniversaries were taking place throughout the city. These included the 100th anniversary of the Grand Theatre (which had been a great old vaudeville house), the 35th of the Loose Moose Theatre Company and their creation Theatresports, Yuk Yuk’s 25th, and the Comedy Cave’s 10th. The combination of these events loudly suggested “right place, right time”, and with the help of friend AJ Demers, co-founders James Sutherland and Harry Doupe, Mack got the ball rolling.
Over the next 5 years the festival would grow to be the 6th largest in the country, featuring acts like Brent Butt, Janeane Garafalo, Brian Posehn, Jessica Holmes, Harland Williams, Andy Kindler, Mary Walsh, Mike Wilmot, Steve Patterson, Mike MacDonald, Nikki Payne, Derek Edwards, Emo Philips, Debra DiGiovanni, Todd Barry, Falcon Powder, the Kids In The Hall, along with the cream of the Calgary comedy scene.
After wowing us with his talents and relentless drive for a stronger comedy industry in the city and across the country, Harry bid adieu to the Festival to curate new adventures. Strengthened by the enthusiasm of our audiences, community champions and volunteers, and on behalf of our Festival Board – Heather Maitland, Bridget O’Connor and Associate Producer Anna Gustafson – James and Cory invite you to soak up some of the best Canadian comedy you will see on an Alberta stage this year at our sixth annual Festival October 16 – 21, 2017.