Time to laugh…..1000 Islands LYAO Comedy Festival

1000 islands comedy festival playhouse theatre

Two days of ridiculously funny Canadian comedians on the stage at the 1000 Islands Playhouse.




Featuring the stand up antics of:
Evan Carter, Allyson Smith, Rick Currie, Judy Croon, Craig Douglas, and Mark Bennett

Friday November 11, 2011o
Main stage event @ 8pm featuring
Judy Croon, MC
Rick Currie
Mark Bennett
Evan Carter Headliner

Tickets available through the 1000 Islands Playhouse box office, $10.00 per person.


1000 islands comedy festival playhouse gananoque quacks me upSaturday November 12, 2011
Main stage event @ 8pm featuring
Judy Croon, MC
Allyson Smith
Craig Douglas
Evan Carter Headliner (new show).

Tickets available through the 1000 Islands Playhouse box office, $10.00 per person.

1000 Islands Playhouse
690 Charles St S,
Gananoque, Ontario, K7G 3G6


The Talent

Evan Carter.jpgEvan Carter is a Toronto based stand-up comedian, show host and MC. For three decades Evan has been successfully mining all three of these live entertainment veins. His versatility, experience and professionalism has served him well and Carter can move easily from concert halls, opening for such acts as Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Air Supply, Dionne Warwick and many other top names in the world of show business, to smaller functions.
Comedy Legend Don Harron, called  Evan “a young Bill Cosby”. Evan spends his time observing the world through his eyes, the eyes of a father, husband, son and friend. His likes, dislikes and especially what confuses him provide an endless source of fascination and material. If you’re looking for a comedian who will come out and attack the audience with insults and abusive language you can stop reading right now. But if you want a stand-up comedian who allows the audience to sit back relax and have a good hard laugh at life then you’ve come to the right place. It’s not unusual to hear comments like “that happened to me the other day”, “my kids do that all the time”, “my husband/wife does that to me too, I thought I was the only one”. Well you’re not, and comedian Evan Carter is here to let you know and that it’s okay to laugh about it.
Evan Carter has three decades of experience behind him in the world of entertainment.  Evan can be heard on CBC’s Fresh Air and Laugh Out Loud.

Judy Croon.jpgJudy Croon has 15 years of combined experience in radio, stand up comedy and keynote speaking.
She’s been the opening stand-up act for such performers as Wynonna, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Weird Al Yankovic and comedian Robert Klein. She has been featured at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York City. Her tv specials have appeared on CBC, CTV, CBS, NBC and A&E.
Judy has co-hosted successful morning shows on Toronto’s Mix 999, LA’s KFRG and XM radio with Mike Bullard. Her dynamic MC skills have been used to host such notable events as The Southern California Ad and Sales Awards and the Women in Film and Video Gala Awards in Washington, DC

Rick Currie.jpgRick Currie is one of Canada’s favourite comedians. His clean and whimsical style has been showcased at the Montreal, Winnipeg and St. John Comedy Festivals and he has appeared on many different CBC Radio programs including “Madly off In all Directions”, “DNTO” and “The Debaters”.
Ottawa audiences know him from when he was “Rick the Senators Fan”, also from his reports on 93.9 BOB FM’s morning show and appearances at Absolute Comedy. In the winter of 2009, it seemed like the whole city was singing his “OC Transpo Strike Song”, which became a viral hit and generated 20,000 YouTube hits in one week.
He started in the early 1990’s playing clubs and small towns all across Canada. His first television exposure was on the Comedy Network’s “Comedy at Club 54”. Since then, he has played in London, New York and Los Angeles, recorded a half hour special for CTV’s “Comedy Now!” and for four seasons, Rick was a principal writer on CTV’s “Open Mike with Mike Bullard”. These days, Rick is a member of the writing team for CBC’s “The Rick Mercer

Craig Douglas.jpgCraig Douglas is a professional comedian, juggler and dad. For more than 20 years he has been thrilling audiences across Canada and around the world. Onstage, his boundless enthusiasm is contagious and he quickly has audiences roaring with laughter. Whether you’ve seen his show once or dozens of times, his spontaneous energy and interaction with the audience makes for a thrilling experience every time.
Craig grew up in London, Ontario and caught the juggling bug after a dinner guest was coaxed into tossing three Laura Secord pudding cans. He put himself through 7 years of university as a performer and over the years he has won many accolades and awards. Craig has appeared nationally on CBC television and The Comedy Network. He has won the Labatt’s Crystal Comedy Quest and was chosen “Best Novelty Act” out of 47 international performers at the Kingston Buskers Festival. Craig has also performed and taught for two seasons at The American School in Switzerland.

Smith, Allyson hs 09.jpgAllyson Smith has been tickling Canada’s comedy scene from the moment she put down the chalk brush and picked up a mic. With her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up and hilariously insightful commentary, playing to packed rooms is just another day at the office for this former high-school teacher, whose credits include CTV’sComedy Now, MuchMusic’s Video on Trial, CBC’s The Debaters, the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and just about everywhere in between.
As a young‘un, Allyson knew she was weird. While other little girls were flailing around in baggy ballet leotards, she was introducing her fellow sixth graders to power of a perfectly timed punch line. As talent shows grew into theatre and sketch comedy, Allyson’s calling became clear: she was going to make people laugh. And laugh they did.
A natural born entertainer with the pipes to prove it, Allyson was soon leaving locals laugh-drunk in sketchy bars across the prairies. No room was too seedy for Miss Smith.
But it wasn’t long before dodgy backroom deals turned into legitimate front-of-the-house bookings and a packed dance card of appearances at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Seattle Comedy Contest and Yuk Yuk’s across Canada.
Despite emerging as one of Canada’s rising stand-up stars, Allyson has remained true to her talent show roots. Her down-to-earth nature and girl-next-door approachability have earned her the respect and friendship of fans and fellow comics alike. When she isn’t smiling in the spotlight, you’ll find her growing Canadian comedy from behind the scenes, hosting open mic nights, yammering with virgins or sniffing out dicey rooms that could use a few laughs.

IMG_0579.JPGMark Bennett began his career in entertainment as a stand-up comic on the Ottawa stages where he quickly emerged as one of the best new talents in Canada, winning several major comedy contests and performing at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Mark moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to explore the exciting world of film

production. He wrote, directed, and produced his first feature movie in

January 2009, just a few months after he graduated from the Hollywood

Film Institute. His production company, now based, Toronto is working on

its second feature for the new year. When Mark isn’t sitting in the editing room or performing on stage, he’s watching hockey. Mark loves hockey. Mark’s work has been featured on Star TV, the Comedy Network, CBC, and most recently at the Los Angeles International Comedy Festival.  With his nice-guy approach, combined with exceptional wit and an imagination that sees no boundaries, it’s no wonder Mark has charmed audiences across North America. Come check him out… and wear a diaper