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After an evening masterfully led by Michel Courtemanche, who was back on stage, Anthony Kavanagh had a not easy mandate at the helm of the second ComediHa! Feast.

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An evening that started slowly and got better with the numbers offered by the various guests.

Kavanagh launched 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, accompanied by mascot Badaboum, with the Stanley Cup. A rare time when we did not refer to his famous goal disallowed.

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

The French Anne Roumanoff was among the guests of the gala.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

The French Anne Roumanoff was among the guests of the gala.

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

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

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

Back on stage the day after the Gala he hosted, Michel Courtemanche was in his element during a number entitled Memory loss.

Appreciated when he arrived on stage, Courtemanche moved, made noises, sounds and onomatopoeia.


Simulating what might seem like a loss of memory, the comedian experienced a few blanks, with a few giggles, where it was difficult to perceive whether the thing was planned or not.

A destabilizing moment that made him say that people were perhaps to think that he had started taking drugs again. Arranged with the views guy or not, the number was just a little too long.

Michael Courtemanche

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Michael Courtemanche

Did Courtemanche fool the public? He is capable of it and it is quite possible.

After a checkered start, Mibenson Sylvain, a humorist with Haitian origins from Terrebonne, “scored” when he had fun comparing practicing Catholics to atheists.

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

He got off to a good start when he recounted that the faith of an atheist with a serious illness lay in the Quebec healthcare system.

“He’s more likely to see God than a doctor,” he said, prompting a good burst of laughter.


While the curtain was down and the next issue was being prepared, Anthony Kavanagh delivered a very successful version of Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz, where he even went to sing in the crowd.

Anthony Kavanagh

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Anthony Kavanagh

Pierre Brassard brought Pierre Bruneau out of retirement to personify, with “rigor, rigor, rigor”, the newsreader, in an issue where Sylvie Moreau and Ghyslain Dufresne multiplied the costume changes to tell the story of humor . From prehistory, through the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and up to the modern era.

Which gave rise to good times with a Sylvie Moreau imitating Dominique Michel announcing her last Bye Bye and segments, very funny, inspired by Daniel Lemire, Ding and Dong, The little life, km/h and the Boys.

We were a little scared when Alain Choquette launched into a number of cards, but the spectators were treated to a mystifying 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 ), to then pull out an upturned card, in a pack and which was the 6 of black clubs.

He then caused a whirlwind of paper 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 people interviewed and the magic, well done, is always something to win.


Speaking of improvisation, Michel Barrette, guest for a segment highlighting the career of a comedian, brilliantly took up the challenge of improvising on words written on a gambling roulette.

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

A good number.

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

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