Arctic Comedy Festival expands

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After a highly successful launch in 2018, the Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival expanded to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, this year on October 9-10 and returned to Iqaluit, Nunavut, October 11-12.

Canadian comedic icon Mary Walsh hosted the event, opening the Festival in Yellowknife.

Howie Miller, one of Canada’s most experienced and respected First Nation professional comedians, appeared alongside many other comics including Big Daddy Tazz, Chad Anderson, James Mullinger, Yellowknife’s own Alex Sparling, and popular comics from Iqaluit: Bibi Bilodeau and the Sam & Bernard.

On October 11, Mary Walsh opened a special mental health and comedy show, ‘Crackup Iqaluit’ featuring Patrick McKenna ‘ADD and Loving It,” Big Daddy Tazz “The Bipolar Buddha,” and Kyle Brownrigg “Unmedicated, The New Fragrance”.

Don Kelly, star of @APTN’s ‘Fish Out of Water” and veteran of many Canadian comedy festivals, hosted the finale in Iqaluit with Derek Seguin, Abdul Butt, Sandra Battaglini, Wendi Reed, Harrison Weinreb, and a host of local comics. Five dollars from every ticket sold for this show went to support the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline.

Taking place during Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Festival partnered with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for local mental health support services. Northwestel and CBC North were also presenting partners.