Arctic Comedy Festival visits Yellowknife and Iqaluit this October

This year's festival takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Arctic Comedy has partnered with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for local mental health support services.

The festival features top talent from across Canada including comics from Arctic communities

(Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival 2018)

After a highly successful launch in 2018, the Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival is expanding to Yellowknife this year on October 9 to 10 and returning to Iqaluit October 11 to 12.

Yellowknife Festival

October 9: An Evening with Mary Walsh

Walsh's fierce brand of satirical humour will kick off the festival in Yellowknife. The Canadian comedic icon is best known as creator and star of CBC's This Hour has 22 minutes. You're in for an evening of humorous reflections as this Canadian treasure takes centre stage.

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Yellowknife Arctic Comedy Workshop

Meet and learn from three great Canadian comedians and participate in the first ever Yellowknife comedy competition.

The event is free to participate, and will take place after Mary Walsh's show at the NACC Theatre.

The winner of the competition will earn a spot in the Yellowknife Finale, $100 cash, and be invited to perform at the Ottawa Crackup Comedy Festival in March, 2020.

You can register for the event here

October 10: Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival Finale

Howie Miller, the emcee for the festival, is one of Canada's most experienced and respected Indigenous comedians. Miller has performed at all the major Canadian comedy festivals including the prestigious "Montreal Just for Laughs Festival".

The festival boasts comedy from big names like Big Daddy Tazz, Chad Anderson and fan favourite comics from Iqaluit Bibi Bilodeau and Sam & Bernard.

You'll also find Yellowknife's own, Alex Sparling at the festival. His racy jokes about animals, asthma and the loss of his eye earned him a place in the "Top 3 Comics in Vancouver" in the 2014 SiriusXM's Top Comic Competition.

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Iqaluit Festival

Returning for the second year, Crack up Iqaluit is using Arctic comedy as a driving force to raise awareness about mental illness. Five dollars from every ticket sold for this show will go to support the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline. This year features a show in French and English.

(Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival 2018)

October 11: Crackup Iqaluit 

There will be an opening welcome by Mary Walsh and comedy by Patrick McKenna, Kyle Brownrigg  from "Unmedicated the New Fragrance", and the Bi-Polar Buddha Big Daddy Tazz

Don Kelly, star of APTN's 'Fish Out of Water" and veteran of many Canadian comedy Festivals will be the host for the evening.

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October 11: Soirée d'humour 

This year Arctic Comedy Festival is bringing their show to Iqaluit's French community. Derek Seguin, Abdul Butt, and Wade Thorhaug are featured acts of this event. 

You can find out more information and buy tickets here.

October 12: Iqaluit Festival Finale 

A grand finale to cap off a great week of Arctic comedy. Featured acts include: Derek Seguin, Abdul Butt, Sandra Battaglini, Wendi Reed, Harrison Weinreb 

Support your local Iqaluit-based comics Wade Thorhaug, Samasuni Fortin, Mary-Lee Aliyak, Peter Autut, Azreer Gill, and more!

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