Whats going on Montreal
Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is one of the hottest comics around today. Here is some proof: the gala he hosted at last year’s Just For Laughs festival sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale; his new “The Pete and Sebastian Show” is one of the top-ranked broadcasts on SiriusXM satellite radio; and Forbes magazine ranked him as one of the world’s highest paid comedians for 2017.
If that’s not enough proof for you, then consider this: because of the increased demand for tickets for the Montreal leg of his upcoming “Stay Hungry” North American tour, a third show has just recently been added. Maniscalco will now perform on January 5 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and January 6 at 7 p.m. at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts. Named “the people’s comedian” by People Magazine, Maniscalco will give his manic take on his life and matters that concern him as part of a 15-city tour in 2018 that begins in Montreal, and will see him perform in such cities as Washington, D.C., Providence, Boston, New York and his native Chicago.
Tickets for the third show of “Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry” on January 6 (with limited tickets available for the two January 5 shows) cost $55.75, $65.75, $75.75 and $89.75, with a limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets available at $325 each, and includes premium seating, a backstage photo op and tour laminate. For more information, go to www.hahaha.com/sebastian to purchase tickets, call 514-842-2112 or go to
Another popular comic who will be making a tour stop in 2018 is song satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, who will appear at Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts on March 7, as part of his four-month North American tour called, in typical “Weird Al” fashion, “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour”.
This time,“Weird Al” will perform a no-frills type of show during this new tour, which will do away with the high-energy theatrics that are usually associated with a “Weird Al” show, and will focus on a back to basics type of show, featuring him and his back-up band that has performed with “Weird Al” for over 30 years. And with an impressive catalogue of 14 albums filled with his unique song parodies – including his Billboard chart-topping album “Mandatory Fun” -he promises to deliver a show with a different set list on every stop of the tour. And joining “Weird Al” as his opening act is veteran comedian Emo Phillips (who was also part of the cast of the “Weird Al”’s cult classic movie comedy “UHF”).
Tickets for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” in Montreal range in price from $54.75 to $86.25, with a limit of four tickets per person. To purchase tickets, call 1-866-8422112 or go to:
*** On November 15 and 16, the curtain rises on a new English language theatre company in Montreal. The historic Outremont Theatre, located at 1248 Bernard Avenue West, will be the place for the debut production of Labyrinth Stage Productions.
Its inaugural play will be an original work written by the company’s cofounders, Claudia Litvak Polachek and Pearl Rothenberg. Called “Queen of Chesed”, the dramatic comedy is based on the life of Faige Jacobson, a resident of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, who established a makeshift shelter for homeless people. Amidst the chaos of her generosity to the less fortunate of her neighborhood, Faige goes through her own series of chaotic happenings, including the discovery of a massive overdue bill and the disappearance of a valuable piece of jewelry.
Tickets for the two performances of “Queen of Chesed” are $49 and $59, with free parking available after 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Paul Gerin-Lajoie School (475 Bloomfield Avenue). For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 514-495-9944, or go to: