Gala ComediHa! Firm: as if Michel Courtemanche had never stopped

Six years after vowing never to return to the stage, the one and only Michel Courtemanche returned to the stage on Friday for the first gala of the 2022 edition of ComediHa! Firmly. And he did it like he never stopped.

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To add a quirk, it had been 30 years since he had hosted a gala. And he did it like an adult too.


Michel Courtemanche at the Gala ComediHa!  Festival at the Capitole de Quebec, August 12, 2022.

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Courtemanche kept control with his own style, with his gestures and it was nice to see him on stage.

Before he arrived, as the lights went out, the crowd that had filled the Capitol to capacity began chanting “Michel, Michel, Michel.” Jacket, sneakers, dark glasses and graying hair, people stood to applaud him.


Michel Courtemanche didn't miss his shot for his return to the boards during the ComediHa!  Firmly.

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Michel Courtemanche didn’t miss his shot for his return to the boards during the ComediHa! Firmly.

“I am 57 years old. Felt 93. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? A lot has happened in 30 years,” he said, before discussing the sexless Mr. Potato Head and the violence we want to remove from cartoons, specifying that “cartoons,” It wasn’t true.

“It’s like, as an alcohol and poly-drug addict, I asked for the SAQ and SQDC to be shut down,” he said.

Courtemanche moments

Jean-François Mercier joined him on the boards to tell him that he had come to see his gala because he was convinced he would push the limits to give him a Will Smith-style slap in the face .


Michel Courtemanche at the Gala ComediHa!  Festival at the Capitole de Quebec, August 12, 2022.

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Exhausted and challenged by Mercier, Courtemanche decided to let go and say what he wanted to say, cursing.

“It won’t work, they will beeper ‘ Mercier told him. And Michel Courtemanche did it anyway, mimicking the sounds to hide his rants about the “Gros Cave.”

We witnessed another moment in the Courtemanche as he introduced French humorist Kev Adams, whom he introduced as his son, and made the sound of a tape being rewound for the sequel.

Richardson Zéphyr offered a very nice number around the solidity of the Laporte bridge and the third link, and manipulated the success of Boule Noire with the words “Aimes-tu Lévis comme moi? “.


Richardson Zéphyr had some solutions for the Laporte Bridge and the third limb.

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Richardson Zéphyr had some solutions for the Laporte Bridge and the third limb.

Applause for Kev Adams

Kev Adams received a standing ovation when he appeared on stage. The French actor and humorist didn’t miss his shot. One of the good moments of this successful, balanced and very entertaining evening.


Kev Adams gave a good segment and received a well deserved ovation.

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Kev Adams gave a good segment and received a well deserved ovation.

“In Quebec, you have to drive 12 hours to get to Gaspésie. In France, we are in Turkey,” he said.

He shared a story of helplessness he experienced during his 2019 visit to Quebec and christened his gender Justin.

“You got us to do this job and you got us all to do drugs,” he told Michel Courtemanche.

The French magician Éric Antoine, who discovered Courtemanche at the age of 14, even had the communion wafer “glued” to him. We saw the impact of the Quebec comedian back then.

funny truckers

We were treated to a slew of covert truckers with Dominic Paquet playing Keven, whom he embodied perfectly on the radio show Until next week, with Jean-Claude Gélinas in a beer can belt and Michel Courtemanche. A hilarious number.

Debbie Lynch-White, Yves P. Pelletier, Sonia Vachon and the presenter put on a very successful segment to pay tribute to comedian Pierre Légaré who passed away last October.

After the break we saw him again in a “dating” number with the exuberant Sandrine Bisson.

French comedian Jarry skillfully played below the belt without going overboard and received a nice response from the audience. A whole character.

After two great evenings with her show Tout va fast bien, Anne Roumanoff struggled with a “political correctness” act that worked much better in the Petit Champlain’s small auditorium.

Martin Carli, “the guy who is useless” and the show Génial! Has Michel Courtemanche offered to freeze it so he can host a gala again in 30 years. A number that fell a bit flat and ended an evening that had some good times.

On Saturday night, the Capitole hosts Anthony Kavanagh with Michel Courtemanche, Anne Roumanoff, Alain Choquette, Pierre Brassard and Reda Saoui as guests.

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