Cornwall Comedy Festival presents ‘Masters of Montreal’

October 10, 2023
Masters of Montreal
Masters of Montreal

The Cornwall Comedy Festival returns with their Masters of Montreal Gala on Saturday, October 14th at 8 pm at Aultsville Theatre.

The highly-anticipated event will welcome host and Juno nominee Derek Seguin (SiriusXM Top Comic) and comedians Carly Baker (Just For Laughs), Gemini nominee David Acer (Comedy Nest), Canadian Comedy Award winner Heidi Foss (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), David Pryde (CBC’s The Debaters) and headliner Joey Elias (Just for Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival).

“This ‘big city’ lineup is guaranteed to make you laugh until it hurts!,” said Shawn Fowler of the Cornwall Comedy Festival. “I’m thankful to everyone who continues to support great Canadian, professional stand up comedy right here at home.”

Ticket information

Tickets for the Masters of Montreal Gala are now on sale!

You can purchase tickets through the TicketPro website (click here to purchase) or in person at the Aquatic Centre (100 Water Street East) or by phone at 613-938-9400.

Entertainment lineup

The Monsters of Montreal Gala will feature the following comedians:

Derek Seguin

Derek Seguin is one of the most sought-after stand up comedians on the international circuit. He has performed at the prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs festival an impressive 11 times as well as appearing numerous times at every other major festival in the country, making several television appearances along the way. At a past Just for Laughs festival, GQ Magazine’s Comedy Editor reported about JFL that: “Montreal-comic Derek Seguin stole one of the most star-studded
gala shows last year from host Whitney Cummings. This year, he appeared in The Nasty Show and proceeded to steal that too. A true star and Montreal’s pride and joy.”

Joey Elias

Joey Elias has made a name for himself on the Canadian and worldwide comedy scene. From his first Just For Laughs in 1996 on the “Montreal Show” to his 17th appearance in 2021 as the host of the resurrected “Montreal Show,” Joey has become a mainstay at Just For Laughs. On top of that Joey has also been part of the Winnipeg Comedy Fest, the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton and the Halifax Comedy Festival to name a few. Joey has also dabbled in acting having appeared such films as “The Wool Cap” starring William H. Macy as well as the blockbuster Hollywood hit “The Day After Tomorrow.”

David Pryde

David Pryde’s clever comedy has been described as everything from “cerebral” to “subversive” to “caused a minor scuffle on an escalator outside the venue”. He has performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and has been in more Just for Laughs galas than he can count (but for those who can count, it’s five). He is a regular on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”, and has written for “This Hour has 22 Minutes”, “The Onion” and (his personal favourite) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the Just for Laughs XXX Nasty Show Gala on HBO Canada. David has been nominated for numerous Canadian Comedy Awards including Best Male Stand-up, Best Newcomer (not in that order), and Best Televised Performance for his set at the Just for Laughs “Montreal: An Intervention” gala celebrating the city’s 375th anniversary.

Heidi Foss

Heidi Foss is a four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Female Stand-up Comic in Canada. Heidi’s been in the Just For Laughs Festival, the Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CTV’s Comedy Now, and CBS’s Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen. Heidi also has a recurring role on the hit CBS series ‘Ghosts.’ In addition to performing, Heidi is an acclaimed screenwriter and won a Canadian Comedy Award for her writing on ‘This Hour Has Twenty-
Two Minutes’. Heidi’s animated feature film ‘Butterfly Tale’ won the 2021 ‘Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film’ Screenplay Award – and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2023. Heidi is currently developing a television series based on the feature film.

David Acer

David Acer is an award-winning author, television writer, comedian, inventor of magic tricks, comedy club co-owner and Creative Director of a Canadian entertainment brand called the SuperDogs. David likes keeping busy to avoid doing the dishes. He’s had his own special on CTV Comedy Channel, appeared on CBC’s The Debaters, was nominated for two Gemini Awards for television writing, won a Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award for his Canadian best-seller Gotcha!,
contributed comedic pieces to Reader’s Digest Canada, and performed his original magic and stand-up on A&E, ABC, YTV, Discovery, SKY TV, NHK Japan, live at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and 13 times at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Carly Baker

Carly Baker has been writing and performing comedy for over 19 years. Her self-deprivational style is both sweet and raw, always striving to balance honesty with entertainment. Comedy is her passion and it translates on stage and in her love of the craft. Lucky enough to start her career in 2005 at the legendary Houston Laff Stop, she then relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to become a regular at the famous Stand Comedy Clubs. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as festivals around the globe. After that she lived in both Germany and Amsterdam, producing and performing all over Europe. She has called Montreal home since 2021 where you can find her as a regular MC and performer at The Comedy Nest and Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa as well as preforming for the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival Montreal.

Additional information

For additional information on the Monsters of Montreal Gala and the Cornwall Comedy Festival, please visit the Cornwall Comedy Festival website or Facebook page.


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