7th Annual New Year's Eve Comedy Night + After Party

Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre Presents

After party is SOLD OUT! Hotel Packages still available!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 9 pm


For the seventh year in a row, the Annual New Year's Eve Comedy Night brings in three top-notch Canadian comedians to laugh away the last hours of the year with you!

Always a sold-out event, this comedy extravaganza salutes the calendar ahead by rounding up the most hilarious acts around for a night of merriment. Ben Miner, Jessica Holmes and David Merry make up this year’s triple-bill, and they have some side-splitting material in store for the celebration. Check out their bios below, because you won’t want to miss out – reserve your seats now!

The Comedy Night After Party was such a success last year, we’ve brought it back! Ring in the new year following the show, right at Shenkman Arts Centre with cocktail bites, a creative candy bar, and bubbly for all at midnight. For just $15, add the party pass to your Comedy Night tickets and dance the night away.

Why not start the New Year right? Make the most of every last minute of 2017 – and make a night of it, just steps away! The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa East Orléans offers an exclusive $288 New Year’s Eve Comedy Night Hotel Package which includes:
  • 2 tickets to the Comedy Night show
  • 2 tickets to the Comedy Night After Party
  • King-sized room with luxurious bed to match
  • Sparkling wine in your room
  • Breakfast on January 1, 2018

To purchase Comedy Night Hotel Package Tickets, contact the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa East – Orléans directly at 613-824-8444.



Ben Miner


A comic for half his life, Ben Miner has toured coast to coast and made stops at just about every club in Canada. He has performed at Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, The Vancouver Comedy Fest, and NXNE in Toronto. When he’s not on stage, Ben is still behind a mic as the host of Comic Stripped on SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs with guests including Cheech & Chong, the cast of Family Guy, Eugene Levy and many more. Ben has also worked with heavy-hitters Lewis Black, Russell Peters and Jim Jefferies. If Ben just looks familiar to you, you probably watched him on the first season of MasterChef Canada where he made the top 16.



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Jessica Holmes


A native Ottawan, Jessica has opened for comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Leslie Nielsen, and Ellen DeGeneres, and has also hosted events for such visionaries as Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey. Still a comedian at heart, she has performed with The Second City and Just for Laughs, crediting her family for her funniest material. Her quirky presence in the comedy community earned her a special called Holmes Alone, and her own sketch series, a Carol-Burnett-style series named The Holmes Show. Jessica became known for her oddball personifications of Céline Dion, Liza Minelli and Geri Halliwell, and soon joined the cast of the Royal Canadian Air Farce where she played politicians and celebrities; including Michael Jackson and Jessica Simpson.



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David Merry


Regarded as “Canada’s premier corporate comic magician”, David has been performing for over three decades, in 54 countries and even at sea. He holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Comedy Magic Seminar, a Club Comic of The Year award and has been nominated at the Canadian Comedy Awards for Best One-Man Show and Best Variety Act. In NYC he won Best Variety Performer at the NE Entertainment Corporate Awards. David lectures, performs, invents and sells magical apparatus to magicians all over the world, and has been a professional blackjack, poker and roulette player, and a pro-golfer! The Torontonian has appeared on 70 television shows including The Tom Green Show, The Kids in the Hall, SCTV, Last Comic Standing and has his own half-hour comedy special on CBC’s Comics!.



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Ages: 19 and over (Mature Content)
Language: English

Tickets (all-in price):
Show and after party: SOLD OUT
Show only: $52
uGO: $20

Front + Centre members get the first chance to purchase, between May 30 and June 7, 2017.
Become a Front + Centre Member to be first in line for a brilliant range of shows, plus so much more!


Venue: Harold Shenkman Hall, Lower Lobby
Genre: Comedy


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December 31 at 9:00 pm