Gatineau Comedy Festival Opens to Full House Despite Rain

Gatineau Comedy Festival Opens to Full House Despite Rain
Gatineau Comedy Festival Opens to Full House Despite Rain

Even though the rain fell on the Place de la Cité, it did not get the better of the festival-goers who came to applaud and laugh with François Bellefeuille and Dominic Paquet. Only a handful of people left the FHG site when the raindrops fell.

Even though the rain fell on Place de la Cité, it did not get the better of the festival-goers who came to applaud and laugh in Gatineau. (Patrick Woodbury/Le Droit)

On the faces of the 2,500 festival-goers present, a smile appeared from the first minutes of the evening launched by Billy Tellier. The FHG got off to a flying start as the comedian and festival host decided to highlight the differences between his childhood and that of his children.

One of the best moments of this opening night was the presence of François Bellefeuille who, for an hour, offered new material in front of an audience that welcomed him with much love.

“I love coming to Gatineau, even my water bottle is from the Odyssée room,” the comedian said at the start of the number.

His character of an angry man is always and still a sure hit for one of Quebec’s favorite comedians. The frustration felt when he talks about his obese cat is a delight, just like when he recounts his experience with Xavier Dolan’s series.

The surprise guest who slipped in under the name of François Bellefeuille during the unveiling of the program last fall, Dominic Paquet, was also a highlight on Thursday evening.

He also held the audience in his hand for an hour. His stories that go off in all directions, his imitations, his intonations, his expressions, his way of describing the stories make him an exemplary and remarkable storyteller.

Dominic Paquet is an outstanding storyteller. (Patrick Woodbury/Le Droit)

Comedian Jessica Chartrand was the first to take the stage. Even if she is no longer really an up-and-coming comedian, her sense of punch failed to get the rather sleepy crowd up at the beginning of the evening. Even the hilarious stories about finding a partner failed to wake the audience.

Evelyne Roy-Molgat took advantage of her Franco-Ontarian identity to make the audience laugh. This young comedian is one to watch, she who did an excellent job of crowd work in front of her largest crowd of her career, she told the Right at the start of the evening.

Franco-Ontarian comedian Evelyne Roy-Molgat clearly had fun at the Gatineau Comedy Festival. (Patrick Woodbury/Le Droit)

Friday night, four other comedians are scheduled to perform: Cathy Gauthier, Mariana Mazza, Silvi Tourigny and Mélanie Couture. For the closing night, Saturday, we are expecting the graduates of the École nationale de l’humour as every year, the winner of the Face-à-Farces competition, Fabien Cloutier and Jean-Marc Parent.

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