OPENING NIGHT - Friday, January 17 - of the 7th annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival takes over Oast House Brewers with one of Canada's top headliners Frank Spadone. With host Rob Bebenek and opening act Sandra Battaglini, Icebreakers 2020 kicks off with a bang!
After appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival and a breakout viral video from Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2018, (over 1.2M views on YouTube and 15M on Facebook), Rob Bebenek has asserted himself as one of the brightest new voices to come out of Canada.
Quick wit and a keen eye for observation, highlight a comedy skill set that is becoming a force on stages across North America, and has audiences wanting more.
As a finalist in SiriusXM’s Top Comic, Bebenek asserted himself as a major player in comedy and has since imposed his brand on Theatres, clubs and colleges, and rightly so. The man is flat out funny.
From Kitchener Ontario, Bebenek AKA Ol’ Bebsie, has been drawing acclaim across Canada earning himself appearances on MTV and opening concert series for Bob Saget, Burt Kreischer, Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, and Gerry Dee, to name a few.
Sandra Battaglini is an award winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. She is a two time Canadian Comedy Award winner for her solo show shows, Classy Lady and Hard Headed Woman. She tours the country and appears in David Cronenberg’s latest feature, Maps to the Stars, NBC Seeso’s flagship web series, The Amazing Gayle Pile, CBS’s In the Dark and Netflix’s In the Shadow of the Moon.
She was a semi-finalist in the She Devil Comedy Competition in NYC and premiered her 7th solo show Baby Jeez and other Abreevs at in Toronto, directed by Phil Luzi.
She spearheaded a grassroots movement to have stand-up comedy recognized as an art form and started The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians that lobbies for comedian’s rights. She stars in Matt Kelly's latest film Mayor of Comedy - a disruptive, eye-opening documentary that gives viewers an all access pass to the murky world of Canadian showbiz where the funniest people in the country struggle and the industry strives to keep it that way.
Frank Spadone attend Humber College's photography program. Strangely enough, this led to Frank being a comedian today. He started working for some of the top photographers in the country after finishing college. One thing became very clear - Frank had a knack for entertaining the crew on these shoots. Whether it was telling stories about his family, imitating the models, or making fun of himself, he always had everyone laughing.
On March 18, 1997, Frank stepped on stage for the first time as a stand-up comic. He continued working amateur and open mic nights in Toronto, constantly building his material and starting to create a buzz. In less than a year he would perform in his first professional spot. Soon he was headlining at the top comedy clubs in Toronto and then taking his act to many other cities across Canada. He continues to be one of the most sought-after and popular headlining comics in the country.