OPENING NIGHT

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We're Back Thursday January 26! Opening Night kicks off the 9th annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival at the rustic Oast House Brewers. Hometown hero Joe Pillitteri MCs with the hilarious Laura Leibow and  one of the country's best, Montreal-based national headliner Derek Seguin!

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Joe Pilletteri

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.

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 with a patient and lovely wife and four kids, the material is endless.

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Joe Pilletteri

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.

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 with a patient and lovely wife and four kids, the material is endless.

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Laura Leibow

Laura Leibow has used her wit and laid-back comedic style to become an in-demand comic in the Toronto stand-up comedy scene.  In the summer of 2022 Laura was honoured as being chosen as one of Just For Laugh’s ‘New Faces’ at their Montreal festival and JFL Toronto. Previously, she has performed at festivals such as JFL42, She Devil, Icebreakers Comedy Festival, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival. Laura is a dynamic performer who can expertly perform on the club circuit, in alternative rooms, and in theatres. She has impressed crowds from Toronto, to New York, to LA and has performed in legendary clubs like the Improv and Micky’s in LA and Gotham and Broadway Comedy Club in NYC. She is the editor of the comedy website “UNoriginal” and hosts two podcasts for the Canadian Jewish News. She can be heard frequently on SiriusXM and on 604 Records’ comedy compilation album “The Great Canadian Comedy Rumble.”

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Headliner

DEREK SEGUIN

Montreal-based 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.”

 

He has also appeared on CBC Radio’s, “The Debaters” more than forty times and is one of the show’s fan favourites.

 

Undeniably one of Canada’s hottest comedians, he fittingly walked away with the top prize of Sirius XM’s Canada’s Top Comic competition a few years ago; a contest that spanned the entire country with finalists from every major city.

 

In March 2021, it was announced that Derek’s latest Album, PanDerek - 1st Wave had been nominated for a Juno award. Yet another milestone in an illustrious and hilarious career.

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