Intercepted at the Bell Center: quite a cacophonous mess

During the first episode of Wiretapped at the Bell CenterOn Friday night we seriously thought we were witnessing a false good idea. The cacophony and tedious discussion spoiled our enjoyment, to say the least. Then came the guests of the second episode: Martin Matte, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Lyne Joncas. And we found them under listening that we loved so much.

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When Erich Preach, who opens for Mike Ward on tour, came into the stands just before 8pm to heat up the crowd, we felt like we were on to something special. The comedian, who just a few years ago was the porter at the Bordel Comédie Club, has just been hailed as if he were a big international star.


21,131 people attended the taping of Under-Earth at the Bell Center this Friday night.

Photo Martin Alari

21,131 people attended the taping of Under-Earth at the Bell Center this Friday night.

About fifteen minutes later, when Mike Ward entered, the decibels were in the carpet. The comedian walked through the crowd shaking hands, a big smile on his face. Monster ovations. We had rarely heard the Bell Center so loud.

“Honestly, I thought I had better reception. We will add claps Editing,” laughed Ward.

The moment was really magical. You almost had to pinch yourself to realize that we witnessed such an event for a French-language podcast! The Guinness records also had to be approved that evening under listening like the podcast live performed in front of the largest audience in the world.

too much echo

Mike Ward introduced his co-host for the evening, the indispensable Jean-Thomas Jobin. Another loud ovation. Everything was on wheels. Ward then greeted the three guests from the first of the evening’s two episodes: Les Denis Drolet and Christine Morency.


The five comedians who took part in the first episode of Under Listening at the Bell Center this Friday: Mike Ward, Christine Morency, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Vincent Léonard and Sébastien Dubé.

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The five comedians who took part in the first episode of Under Listening at the Bell Center this Friday: Mike Ward, Christine Morency, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Vincent Léonard and Sébastien Dubé.

And here our joy abruptly faded. All seated in a circle around a small table, the five companions seemed completely lost in the huge crowd on the stage. They watched the situation for a few minutes, a little uneasy.

“Do you hear me echo? asked one. “You said the sound was bad, you got it! replied the other. We struggled to hear all the jokes as the sound echoed throughout the enclosure.

Small table

The small size of the round table also meant that we saw the guests on the huge screens from behind more often than from the front. Maybe the result on the web is better. But on the spot it was disappointing.

What did the guests talk about in this first episode of almost 90 minutes? Honestly, we lost the thread of their discussions as everything went in all directions. But they talked about it rinse creamthe Denis podcast and the show Masked Singers.

As the energy drained towards the end of the first episode, Mike Ward turned to the audience to answer a few questions. “Mike, we know you love to sing. The Pope is coming to Quebec next week, would you like to sing for him? asked a spectator to the hilarity of the audience. “That’s the best joke yet!” said Jean Thomas.

After a short musical break from Pépé and his guitar, Mike Ward greeted the guests of the second episode of the evening shortly after 10 p.m. And that’s when it really started. Matte, Rousseau and Joncas were in great form and gave us some great moments of fun.

Keith and Celine

Out of turn, they joked about Philippe Bond in a cab, talked about the love of Jean-Thomas’ phone books, the time Mike Ward mistook Philippe Laprise for PA Méthot, the time Mike called prostitutes with Martin Matte, and such further looked like Keith Richards and the first part of Celine Dion at the Bell Center that Stéphane had done in 2000. phew!

Mike Ward is proud to have created this event and gotten so many people to participate in a simple taping of a podcast. He will never be able to forget the huge dose of love he received from the huge crowd. But we’re still looking forward to finding it under listening in the intimacy of the brothel.

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