Brent Butt has long been considered one of the funniest people in Canada, with a career in stand-up comedy that stretches into five decades, including numerous appearances at major festivals in multiple countries and being voted Best Male Stand-Up in Canada by his peers in the profession. He also created and starred in two successful sitcoms – CORNER GAS (“Funniest Show on TV” as voted by TV Guide Readers, currently in 60 countries) and HICCUPS (multiple Leo and Writers Guild Awards). When you add in two theatrical comedy films (NO CLUE, CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE) and four seasons of an animated TV spinoff, it may seem surprising that Brent’s new venture has taken a rather dark turn.
THE DARK TURN...
Brent has written his debut novel – an intense, gritty psychological thriller called HUGE (Doubleday Canada – Fall 2023). The story follows three comedians on a rough run of shows through a remote stretch of rural countryside, as their priorities shift from getting laughs to fighting for their lives.
Jon Dore is a talented Canadian comedian, writer, and actor that has infused his comedic abilities into numerous hit television shows and films. Getting his start as a stand-up comedian, Dore has been able to successfully transition into acting. His comedy special, BIG QUESTIONS HUGE ANSWERS, premiered on Comedy Central.
He was the series lead in the CBS Pilot THE HALF OF IT. Jon’s other television credits include a memorable guest star role on CBS' Emmy Award winning hit series, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, as well as a lead role on ABC’s HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS. He’s had multiple guest appearances on CONAN, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, @MIDNIGHT, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and HART OF DIXIE.
His film credits include CORPSE TUB, the indie film GUS, STAG, TEEN LUST, and THE PICKLE RECIPE opposite Lynn Cohen.
In addition to acting, Dore has an impressive writing resume that includes The Comedy Network's THE JON DORE SHOW, CBC's JUST FOR LAUGHS, and HBO's popular FUNNY AS HELL
Zabrina Douglas is a Canadian stand-up comedian. Her comedy album Things Black Girls Say: The Album received a Juno Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2023.
Douglas, a registered nurse, performed occasional stand-up comedy sets at Kenny Robinson's Nubian Disciples nights for Black Canadian comedians in the 2000s, and was a nominee for the Tim Sims Award in 2008.
She broke through to wider success in 2020 as the headliner of Laughter from the Frontlines, a virtual comedy show organized by Unknown Comedy Club featuring frontline health care workers performing comedy and storytelling about coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
She subsequently organized Things Black Girls Say, a regular show at Toronto's Comedy Bar, and recorded her sets at the April 15 and 16, 2022, shows for release as an album.
Billy Kidd is a magician who has been popping on screen and stages all around the world. She has appeared on numerous tv shows such as CBC's The Science of Magic, Hosted the Breaking Magic series on Discovery Channel, was a Wizard on Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller, BBC's Xmas Lectures, Now you See Me, ITV's Next Great Magician just to name a few.
Billy Kidd recently had a residency at Pittsburghs new theatre called Liberty Magic and often works in Canada with such companies as Firefly Theatre & Circus. She performs regularly at Hollywoods Magic Castle and runs her own theatre in England called Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre.
Lookup Theatre’s artistic form is storytelling, expressed through contemporary circus arts and theatre. It’s creative non-fiction – we tell true stories with imagination and originality, using movement, text and metaphor to recount real events with sophisticated spectacle.
Lookup creates transformative experiences for participants and audiences through process, community and performance. Lookup Theatre was created in 2009 and has been a charitable organization since 2010.
Joey Albert is a professional circus and street performer.Joey has been a part of many different shows in the past 17 years including award winning act Stunt Double Circus, but Joey has come into his own these last 10 years doing a solo show. His show is a one man comedy, juggling, acrobatic show with a rockabilly vibe.
With his experience on the street Joey’s show is enjoyed by all ages. Highly skilled in acrobatics and juggling Joey brings a unique twist when he mixes both together. Joey prides himself on delivering a truly unique show with skills you wont see anywhere else. This show will have you consistently laughing while feeling nervous for Joey’s safety.