Chris Borris

Comedian

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Capital Comedy Review: Jon Dore hosts Launching Pad, Bryan Hatt is hilarious

Capital Comedy Review: Jon Dore hosts Launching Pad, Bryan Hatt is hilarious

Generally speaking, for a comic to not show up for a booked spot is not good form. Sometimes this happens. Like last Tuesday for the Launching Pad show. I heard pretty close to showtime that the host couldn’t make it. I had just been speaking with local comic David Haddad about how he had done [...]

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Capital Comedy Review: Launching Pad, New Talent Showcase, and some top headliners

Capital Comedy Review: Launching Pad, New Talent Showcase, and some top headliners

Writing about my experiences in the Ottawa comedy scene for a few weeks has really illuminated to me that there’s never really a dull moment if you know where in the city to look. Having said that, this past week did bring a return to regular Tuesday and Wednesday programming at Yuk Yuk’s, [...]

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Capital Comedy Review: Ahmed Ahmed, Weekend Shows and Big Comedy Parade

Capital Comedy Review: Ahmed Ahmed, Weekend Shows and Big Comedy Parade

With the end of the Summer Comedy Competition, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa return to regularly scheduled programming. Tuesdays are generally reserved for the Launching Pad show which features some of the more experienced comics in the city, and Wednesdays return to New Talent Showcase [...]

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Capital Comedy Review: Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition Finals

Capital Comedy Review: Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition Finals

Photo: Chris Borris and The Honourable Catherine McKenna present Michael Lifshitz with trophy The 2019 Yuk Yuk’s Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition came to a close last week with a brilliant final on Wednesday the 28th. This year Yuk Yuk’s partnered with sponsors Ottawa Life Magazine [...]

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Capital Comedy Review: More semi-finals, Jeremy Hotz and a Cornwall show

Capital Comedy Review: More semi-finals, Jeremy Hotz and a Cornwall show

From left: Rynestone, Clint Gibbons, Mike Bombay, Kyle Mesdag and Jesse Reynolds Like most people, I used to rely on traditional methods to sense the close of summer and the corresponding approach of autumn. Things like leaves changing and days getting shorter. More recently my summer has become [...]

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Capital Comedy Review: Semi-finals, pride and Dylan's birthday extravaganza

Capital Comedy Review: Semi-finals, pride and Dylan's birthday extravaganza

One would think mid-summer may not be a super busy time in the comedy world as people tend to prefer being outdoors, but this year seems to be an exception. I suppose an argument can be made that escaping the heat to laugh in a cool basement might be appealing. Maybe that’s what’s driving [...]

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Capital Comedy Review - Competitions, Kyle Brownrigg and Big Comedy Parade

Capital Comedy Review - Competitions, Kyle Brownrigg and Big Comedy Parade

Photo: 2016 Alterna Crackup Comedy Festival (from left: Gerry Dee, Jessica Holmes, Tazz Norris, Tim Steeves, Patrick McKenna, Chris Borris, Kyle Brownrigg and Harry Doupe) In case you haven’t heard, Ottawa is basically a world superpower city for the production of stand up comics. Many of the [...]

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Look out Château Laurier addition...here comes Tom Green

Look out Château Laurier addition...here comes Tom Green

We’re all ready to go at Yuk Yuk's this past Wednesday night, the third week of the Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition. The mic has been checked and the room is set for a sold out show. The audience starts filing in at 7:30pm for the 8:30pm show. Tonight is one of twelve preliminary rounds [...]

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Tragedy plus time equals comedy

Tragedy plus time equals comedy

I looked around at the roughly one hundred people gathered in the cool, dark basement, with excitement as my favourite show was about to begin. A Spotify playlist provides the background music until the sound channel switches to the intro CD starting with Gob’s Paint it Black. As the beat kicks [...]

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