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After an evening masterfully directed by Michel Courtemanche, who was back on stage, Anthony Kavanagh had a difficult mandate at the helm of the second ComediHa! Firmly.

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An evening that started slowly and got better and better with the number of acts performed by the various guests.

Kavanagh opened the gala presented at the Capitole de Québec with a number where he promised the best.

“You deserve the best,” he said before Nordiques player Alain Côté arrived with the Stanley Cup, accompanied by mascot Badaboum. A rare time we haven’t referenced his famous goal.

Anne Roumanoff, who had offered a number that hadn’t hit the mark the day before, was back with a segment worthy of what we’d seen during her show Everything is almost fine.

Among the guests at the gala was Anne Roumanoff from France.

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Among the guests at the gala was Anne Roumanoff from France.

Her number on women looking for love after divorce at 50 was solid and well put together.

“I am told that I have rejuvenated and become more beautiful. You ask me the secret. That’s because I got divorced,” she said.

She offered a good section on a points system during a first meeting in a bar where the presence of small children takes away points and where a deceased mother-in-law gives a lot.

Back on stage the day after the gala he was hosting, Michel Courtemanche was in his element during a number with the title memory loss.

Estimated when he arrived on stage, Courtemanche moved, making noises, noises and onomatopoeia.


Simulating what might seem like amnesia, the comedian experienced a few gaps with a few giggles that made it difficult to tell if the thing was planned or not.

A destabilizing moment that made him say maybe people should think he had started using drugs again. Aligned with the Views type or not, the number was just a bit too long.

Michael Courtemanche

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Michael Courtemanche

Did Courtemanche fool the public? He’s capable of it and it’s entirely possible.

After a rocky start, Mibenson Sylvain, a comedian of Haitian origin from Terrebonne, “scored” when he enjoyed comparing practicing Catholics to atheists.

“If you are an atheist, life’s problems are yours. Atheists have to pay for a psychologist, for me it’s free,” said the man, who made his first appearance at a Gala ComediHa Fest!

He got off to a good start when he shared that for an atheist with a serious illness, the faith lies in Quebec’s health care system.

“He’ll go to God rather than a doctor,” he said, leading to a roar of laughter.


While the curtain fell and the next issue was being prepared, Anthony Kavanagh delivered a very successful version of you go my way by Lenny Kravitz, where he even sang to the crowd.

Anthony Kavanagh

Photo agency QMI, Marcel Tremblay

Anthony Kavanagh

Pierre Brassard brought Pierre Bruneau out of retirement to portray the news anchor in “Severity, Severity, Severity” in an issue in which Sylvie Moreau and Ghyslain Dufresne multiplied the costume changes to tell the story of humor. From prehistory to the Renaissance, the Middle Ages to modern times.

Which led to good times when Sylvie Moreau imitated Dominique Michel and announced her last bye and segments, very funny, inspired by daniel lemire, ding and dong, The Little Life, km/h and the guys.

We were a little startled when Alain Choquette launched into a series of maps, but viewers were treated to a mysterious moment.

The magician and illusionist asked people to call relatives to ask them to choose between black and white (black), between spades and clubs (clubs) and a number between 1 and 13 (the 6), and then an upside down card pull out a packet and that was the 6 of black crosses.

Then he caused a paper twirl with a fan and a piece of paper because we need magic in our lives.

Well, it’s not humor, but Choquette made people laugh by improvising with the interviewees, and magic, well done, is always a prize.


Speaking of improvisation, Michel Barrette, guest on a segment exploring a comedian’s career, brilliantly accepted the challenge of improvising over words written on a gambling roulette wheel.

He hit the mark with his storytelling skills and spoke about his allergies to wine, vacuum cleaners, pizza and the time he almost knocked Elton John off the stage in Las Vegas.

A good number.

►The next ComedHa! Fest will be presented at the Capitole de Québec on Tuesday with Marie-Mai at the animation. Guests are Michel Charette, PA Méthot and Christian-Marc Gendron.

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