Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival Announces Line-Up for its 2016 Shows

Posted by: Causeway Foundation
December 9th, 2015 • No Comments


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Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival (CUTC), is excited to

officially launch its 12th annual winter festival. Taking place January 31 to February 6, 2016, we will be

hosting a variety of paid and free programming throughout the week, including a new attempt to beat

the Guinness World Record for the most snowmen built in one hour, regular family friendly outdoor

activities in the Glebe, as well as nightly comedy shows in various locations around the city, including TD

Place, Mayfair Theater, Algonquin Commons Theatre and the Ottawa Marriott.


We are welcoming some of the biggest names in Canadian comedy such as Mary Walsh, Susan Kent,

Cathy Jones, Patrick McKenna, Derek Seguin, Big Daddy Tazz and more. To view our full line-up or to

purchase your tickets, visit Here’s what our festival looks like at a glance:


Guinness World Record Attempt

When: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Where: TD Place


So You Think You’re Bilingual TM

When: Sunday, January 31, 2016

Where: Mayfair Theater

Featuring: Derek Seguin


Variety of programming in the Glebe

When: Monday, February 1 to 3, 2016

Where: Various venues


Best of The Second City

When: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Where: Algonquin Commons Theatre

Featuring: Patrick McKenna


Women of Comedy: Because it’s 2016!

When: Friday, February 5, 2016

Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Featuring: Mary Walsh, Susan Kent, Cathy Jones


Comedy Night in Canada

When: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Where: TD Place

Featuring: Jessica Holmes, Big Daddy Tazz and more


CUTC was founded 12 years ago. It began as a one-night comedy show and has grown into a week-long

festival that takes place during Winterlude. With the help of our founding sponsor, verTerra Corp, our

community partners, CBC and our supporters, we’ve raised over $175, 000 in support of local mental

health initiatives. This year’s festival will benefit DIFD at The Royal, Partners for Mental Health,

Causeway Foundation, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the

Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre.


Additionally, CUTC is partnering up with a new organization this year. Alterna Savings has signed up as

the title sponsor for the 2016 edition of the festival. “This sponsorship aligns with Alterna’s

commitment to building healthy and strong communities.” said Rob Paterson, President and CEO,

Alterna Savings. “We are proud to support this unique initiative that both enhances the arts and culture

scene in the National Capital Region, while lending a much-needed hand to mental health awareness

We are thrilled to partner with Alterna Savings.” said John Helmkay, President of Cracking-Up the Capital

Comedy Festival. “We look forward to working with them to bring our event to new heights. It will allow

us to spread our message of de-stigmatizing mental illness to even more people in hopes of cracking

We look forward to seeing you at our 2016 events. Purchase your tickets before December 21, 2015 and

save big. For more information, please check out the website,