The 21st presentation of ComediHa! Fest-Québec will mostly take place indoors. Despite the wishes expressed by the organizers, the outdoor section will be reduced to film screenings at Place George-V.
It is the desire of Public Health to avoid gatherings and the decision of the City of Quebec not to finance major events that explain why ComediHa! has repatriated almost all of its programming, from July 28 to August 28, indoors.
In early May, however, the organization said it was developing plans to meet people outdoors.
“We discussed a lot with the City and we believe that it made a good decision to offer citizens entertainment instead. Even in the way we are going to set up the site at Place George-V, places will have to be reserved and we will manage the surroundings so that there are no gatherings. It’s very important, ”explains producer Sylvain Parent-Bédard.
500 people maximum
Although it has a budget of $ 14 million, all the events showing at ComediHa! Fest-Québec 2021 will be free and presented online.
Spectators will be admitted to the rooms depending on their size. It will range from 25 to 500 people (at the Armory). For the six ComediHa! Galas, between 250 and 300 people will have access to the Capitol.
Why not charge spectators an entrance fee? Several reasons are necessary, according to Sylvain Parent-Bédard, including that of avoiding all the logistics surrounding changes to programming if health standards change along the way.
“We did not want to make our customers live that,” says the producer, who believes that he will be able to avoid a deficit thanks to the additional efforts of the sponsors. “But next year, it will pay off. “
Well-cooked and JMP
In addition to the six galas hosted by PA Méthot, Les Denis Drolet, the duo Michel Charette and Gildor Roy, René Simard, Fabien Cloutier and Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais, the schedule for ComediHa! Fest-Québec 2021 will be well stocked.
Among the novelties, four well-cooked during which comedians will pay the head of Mike Ward, PA Méthot, Lise Dion and a surprise guest. These evenings will be hosted by Patrick Groulx, Dominic Paquet, José Gaudet and Stéphane Rousseau.
Jean-Marc Parent will resuscitate his JMP time ; a series of podcasts, open mic, the “best of” Club and many other events are also on the program.
Will comedians give coronavirus a bad shift? The general director of the festival, Josée Charland, doubts it.
“I think we took the tour. Last year the artists did a lot of virtual shows and they were invited to TV. It means that the pandemic, we are no longer capable. ”
- Les Galas ComediHa! ;
- ComediHa evenings! “Best of” club;
- The Mystery Shows;
- Tandem Fridays;
- The podcast series;
- The 2021 National School of Humor graduating tour;
- Wednesday evenings ComediHa! Club;
And many others. For all the details: comedihafest.com