CBC RADIO'S LAUGH OUT LOUD GALA
The CBC RADIO GALA - Saturday January 25 - at the 7th annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival returns with live recordings for Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio in the new event space at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. Festival favourite Jean Paul returns to host this amazing lineup of some of Canada's top comedians including Marito Lopez, Jenn Labelle, Chris Locke, Patrick Haye, Martha Chaves and Jeff McEnery.
Trinidadian-born, Brooklyn raised and currently resident of Toronto, comedian Jean Paul has always had an innate sense of humour. Maybe it’s because of his curious nature; maybe it’s because of his light-hearted view on life. Jean has traveled extensively across Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean, South Africa and the U.K., performing at such legendary venues as the Apollo in New York, the Comedy Store in London, and at Place des Arts in Montreal. No stranger to the festival circuit, Jean has performed at Just For Laughs, Halifax and Winnipeg comedy Festivals and among other credits has written for and toured with Russell Peters.
Jean has also been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the Tim Sims’ Award for up-and-coming comedians, and a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.
Marito Lopez, originally from El Salvador, moved to Canada at the tender age of four and has learned to love the English language, white people and snow. He grew up in the mean streets of Calgary, Alberta, and is probably the cutest gangster you'll ever see on stage. Whether its at school, the club, or in the drunk tank, Marito has always wanted to be funniest person in the room. In 2009, Marito pulled a Kanye West, dropped out of college and decided to follow his dream. Kanye West is a millionaire right now and Marito just moved back in with his parents.
In the short time Marito Lopez has been doing comedy, he's been able to produce multiple successful comedy shows, make it to the finals of the regional Great Canadian Laugh Off, and be featured on Shaw TV for a documentary on comedy in Calgary. One day, people will recognize Marito on the streets. Hopefully as a comedian.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Jenn was always the class clown amongst her friends and family, until they finally encouraged her to take her antics to the stage. Since debuting in 2012 she has graced the stage in various clubs across Canada and made her television debut at the Halifax Comedy Festival in April 2018. Taking home the grand prize in both the 2017 Ottawa Yuk Yuk’s Winter Wish competition, as well as Crackup the Capital, Jenn has quickly become a comedian to watch out for.
While poking fun at the joys of teaching (but mostly the struggles), everyday life, and the trials and mishaps of the dating world, there's something in Jenn's comedy for every audience.
Chris Locke is a Canadian Comedy Award winning stand up comedian. He constantly tours as a headliner of clubs, theatres, and festivals. He has appeared at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal numerous times, as well as headlined the JFL42 festival in Toronto. His stand up can be seen on The Comedy Network and heard on SiriusXM radio. As an actor you've seen him on Baroness Von Sketch, Mr. D., his Learning Nature With Chris Locke web series for Funnyordie, and more. He also appears regularly on CBC's The Debaters.
VICE.com calls him: "One of Canada's most staggeringly original comedians."
You should go see him do comedy. He is nuts and you'll feel nuts. Don't worry about it.
Patrick Haye has grown to be a favourite wherever he plays. He has been featured on the Panel on CBC’s, George Stroumboulopoulus Tonight and has opened for Gerry Dee (Mr. D), Brian Callen (Mad TV, The Hangover), Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother), and Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber, Half Baked).
His hilarious observations, storytelling, and musical keyboard comedy pieces has Patrick busy performing at clubs, colleges, universities, and corporate events all over the country.
Martha Chaves is a busy comic. Her infectious, candid style, her captivating stage presence, and her gift to relate to a wide range of audiences grant her numerous presentations at clubs, colleges, fundraisers, corporate functions and comedy festivals.
Martha is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, and of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has also appeared in the Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Boston Comedy Festivals, and in the “Marshalls’ Women of Comedy,” in NYC. In Spanish, she’s performed in the Festival Del Humor de Caracol, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Her versatile material mixed with her fluency in 4 languages make her an asset to perform for an array of fascinating audiences.
In 2015, Martha warmed up 43,000 people for the 2015 Pan Am Games - Opening Ceremony and in 2016, she hosted the ACTRA Awards, in Toronto.
Her TV credits include two national comedy specials: COMICS! on CBC, and Something About Martha on CTV and The Comedy Network, plus her TV appearances on Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, to mention a few.
Martha is a regular on CBC Radio's "Laugh Out Loud,", "The Debaters," and "Because News."
Acton, Ontario's Jeff McEnery burst onto the comedy scene by winning the prestigious "Tim Sims Encouragement Award" in 2005, "Yuk Yuk's $25,000 Great Canadian Laugh Off" in 2006 and “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards. Since then, Jeff has become a top headliner for Yuk Yuk's and has appeared at every major Canadian comedy festival including the "Just for Laughs Comedy Festival", "Halifax Comedy Festival", "Winnipeg Comedy Festival", “Hubcap Comedy Festival” in Moncton, “Cottage Country Comedy Festival” in Muskoka and "Global ComedyFest" in Vancouver.
Jeff's one hour Comedy Now! stand up special was broadcast on CTV and The Comedy Network in the summer of 2011 and he has been featured on the shows, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and etalk. He was nominated for "Best Male Stand Up" at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards.
McEnery has also been involved in acting. He had a lead role in Kim Chapiron's critically-acclaimed drama Dog Pound and shared the screen with James Franco in Camille. He was a cast member on The Comedy Network's sketch series Hotbox and has made guest appearances on The Howie Mandel Show, Letterkenny, Covert Affairs, The Jon Dore Television Show and Naturally Sadie.
As a writer, Jeff is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television Program. He is a story consultant on the CBC's Still Standing and did punch up work for The Latest Buzz. He has written and produced two short films Yes And... and Behind the Funny, which was broadcast on The Comedy Network on the show Canadian Comedy Shorts.