Comedy

Comedians take shows outdoors to keep Canada laughing

Comedians across the country got creative to keep entertainment alive. Comedy shows popped up in parks, backyards and drive-ins while the country was in quarantine.

Backyards and drive-ins were the new normal for live comedy across the country during COVID-19

ADAM GROWE // JFL DRIVE-IN SERIES

Outdoor Comedy: Adam Growe 1:11

Adam Growe is a Canadian comedian who hosted the JFL Drive-In Series in Montreal, Quebec. 

"Everybody had their own microphone, everybody had their own seats, their own sterilized bag of individual food portions," says Growe.

 

ADRIENNE GABRIELLE & KIRSTEN FINCH // LAWN LAUGHS

Outdoor Comedy: Adrienne & Kirsten 1:11

Adrienne & Kristen are comedians from Nova Scotia and started a touring backyard comedy show called "Lawn Laughs." The show was inspired by Lars Callieou and quickly gained popularity in Nova Scotia.

"After our first show, our headliner Travis Lindsay, he wrote us and he was like 'You have no idea how much I needed that,'" says Adrienne Gabrielle

 

ALEX WOOD // THE BACKYARD COMEDY SHOW

Outdoor Comedy: Alex Wood 1:12

Toronto comedian, Alex Wood, started a comedy show in his backyard during quarantine that followed social distancing protocols. 

"Everyone has to wear a mask in any of the areas where people walk," says Wood, adding that the maximum limit on the audience is 20 people. "That's what we call a sell out."

 

BEN BANKAS // FREEDOM OF COMEDY

Outdoor Comedy: Ben Bankas 1:11

Ben Bankas is a comedian from Toronto who started the 'Freedom of Comedy Protest' that takes place in a park in downtown Toronto.

"I needed to get on stage," says Bankas. "All the comedy clubs and all the venues were closed. So I decided, why not go rent a speaker, a light, a mic, and go to a park."

 

CARYMA SA'D // CANNABIS COURT

Outdoor Comedy: Cannabis Court 1:11

Caryma Sa'd is a lawyer by day and a comedy producer by night for 420 Cannabis Court, a comedy show in Toronto that allows you to both enjoy stand up comedy and cannabis. 

"This idea came about because I'm a huge fan of stand up comedy and cannabis," says Caryma Sa'd. 

 

LARS CALLIEOU // FIREPIT COMEDY TOUR

Outdoor Comedy: Lars Callieou 1:11

Lars Calleiou is a Canadian comedian putting on backyard comedy shows in Edmonton, Alberta. His backyard comedy tour has inspired countless comedians across Canada and around the world to follow in his footsteps. 

"The best feedback has been the amount of people who are interested in booking us after they see the show," says Calleiou.

 

MYLES MORRISON // THE BACKYARD COMEDY SHOW

Outdoor Comedy: Myles Morrison 1:11

One of the comedians inspired by Lars Callieou was Myles Morrison  from Saskatchewan. He started a touring backyard comedy show and quickly gained popularity in Saskatoon. 

"We immediately got a dozen requests to have us out," says Morrison. "We sent those over to a whole bunch of other comedians, just to kind of spread the shows and the laughs."

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