Whats go­ing on Mon­treal

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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

www.placedesarts.com

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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:

www.evenko.ca

*** 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:

Sebastian Manis­calco

“Weird Al”Yankovic

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