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FirstAir Arctic Comedy Festival

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It’s a proven fact that laughter makes us happier and more cheerful. So the the Crack Up Comedy Festival, Ottawa’s premier charity Comedy event in support of mental health, held a comedy competition in Iqaluit in March 2018. The idea first cleared take-off when Dan Valin of First Air proposed that the popular Ottawa festival invite comics from all over Nunavut to battle it out for two spots at the Crack Up Comedy Festival in Ottawa, appearing along side some of Canada’s best comics in front of 700 people. Mary Walsh, creator and star of This Hour has 22 Minutes, Codco, Matching Hatching and Dispatching and much more, hosted the event. Eight local comics performed to a sold-out crowd and two winners from the competition moved on to perform at the finale of the Crack Up Comedy Festival in Ottawa two weeks later.

Fast forward to October 2019 to witness the launch of the First Air Arctic Comedy Festival in Yellowknife and Iqaluit. Performers will include Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Howie Miller, Don Kelly, Paul Rabliauskas, and many more to be named.

First Air is keen to promote and build the festival with a future possibility of expanding coverage to Whitehorse in 2020 to cover the entire North. Tickets will be available through our website as early as July so Visit us at for all the details, line-up, and early-bird discounts and join our Facebook Page.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, October 10, 2019 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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292 Goldridge Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K2T1L1


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