INDUSTRY NIGHT - Thursday January 23 - for the 7th annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival happens at the beautiful Jackson-Triggs Winery and will be headlined by hometown hero Joe Pillitteri. Joe will be joined by host Jeff Elliott and opening act Laurie Elliott. (These two are not related).
Jeff has quickly established himself as a rising star in the Canadian comedy scene and was nominated for a prestigious Canadian Comedy Award. Jeff is also a favourite on the festival circuit having appeared at the CBC’s Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy Festivals and the Icebreakers Comedy Festival. As well, he can be heard on XM Satellite Radio and has appeared three times on The Being Frank Show.
As a writer, Jeff freelances for several major advertising agencies and does script consulting for Disney. When he is not winning over audiences and readers with his outstanding writing, Jeff can also be seen in his many commercials. He has appeared in international campaigns for many large companies such as Budweiser, Honda and Canadian Tire.Regardless of the medium, Jeff is an undeniable talent that should not be missed.
Laurie Elliott is a stand-up comic, actor and television writer. She is a winner of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award and is a four-time winner of Best Female Stand Up at The Canadian Comedy Awards.
Her stand-up credits include the Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival (where she was chosen by the late, great Joan Rivers to perform on her final Gala show), the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Comedy Factory in Rotterdam, Raw Comedy Club in Stockholm, the SheDot Comedy Festival in Toronto, and a gala run at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa.
She has had recurring roles/appearances on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial, CBC's The Red Green Show (she married Harold!), The Jon Dore Television Show, Match Game and The Debaters. Laurie's voice can be heard on many animated series such as Total Drama Island, Scaredy Squirrel, and Camp Lakebottom. Laurie was also a regular on WWF star Chris Jericho's award winning web series, But I'm Chris Jericho.
Writing credits include five seasons of the Total Drama Series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Rocket Monkeys, Camp Lakebottom, Fugget About It, Showcase's Almost Heroes, Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire, Hulu’s original series Mother Up starring Eva Longoria. Laurie is currently co-show running a series for YTV called, The Three Amigonauts.
Laurie recently opened for the hilarious Arsenio Hall and he was a delight!
Funnyman Joe Pillitteri was born and raised in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He is an emcee, stand-up comedian, inspirational speaker and motivational leader. Having raised more than $500,000 through sold out comedy fundraisers, Joe has received numerous awards including Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the community.
As the owner of Lakeview Vineyard Equipment, he works closely with farmers in the community. When times were tough for his business, it was the support of the farmers that helped him through.
His personal story of entrepreneurial challenges to overcoming obstacles and achieving success delivered in an engaging, meaningful and humorous way is what makes Joe stand out in a crowd.
Joe Pillitteri delivers side splitting comedy geared to any audience and in the next breath motivates and inspires through his MC and keynote material that keeps the crowds on the edge of their seats. He is genuine and experienced and there is no better man in the industry to read the crowd and go the extra mile for your next event.
Born and raised in Niagara, Joe’s family currently resides in Virgil. With a patient and lovely wife and four kids, the material is endless.