Comedy Review: The Brunch Club – First Edition!

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Victoria Shinkaruk The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Victoria Shinkaruk

This is a review of a brand new monthly stand up comedy show that started last Friday, on March 27 at Theatre Ste-Catherine. Theatre Ste-Catherine, for those who have never been, is a hidden jewel. It’s a cafe, bar and theatre all at once. For comedy loving folks, this place is super awesome. Well even for those, not so loving of comedy, this place is still amazing.

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Sebastian Mora

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson – Photo by Sebastian Mora

Morgan O’Shea opened.

So on a still cold Friday of March 27, Morgan O’Shea opened the show with his “broke as hell” life story and a pretty heated relationship with the government of Canada.

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Victoria Shinkaruk

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson – Photo by Victoria Shinkaruk

Morgan always impresses the audience with some great material and his “devilishly good looks.” “Nobody trusts me with their kids! So I do cat sitting. Cat sitting is a process of getting ignored by the thing you are keeping alive,” explained Morgan O’Shea. Very funny as usual, Morgan was awesome and warmed up the crowd pretty fast!

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Sebastian Mora

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson – Photo by Sebastian Mora

Big Jay closed.

The headliner of the very first Brunch Club  show was Big Jay Oakerson. He came all the way from NYC, so he’s not used to never ending winter that only pretends to leave for a bit (mother n@ture!) I’ve got to admit, I really liked Big Jay! Not only he was funny and spoke about the most ridiculous shit with a poker face, he is also very humble. Big Jay is a father and a comedian with some seriously laugh-inducing material!

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - Photo by Sebastian Mora

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson – Photo by Sebastian Mora

He covers things from why opposite sex friendship is bull (yeah if you didn’t know, there is no such a thing ) to his experience of showering with his father (all a lie, Big Jay swears). He does pick on people in the front rows, but unlike most comedians, he’s not going to make you feel insanely uncomfortable (well except for that guy with the mustache who may or may not be a child molester, again, just kidding, no offense mustache man!)

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson - photography by Sebastian Mora

The Brunch Club 2015 with Big Jay Oakerson – photography by Sebastian Mora

To summarize, The Brunch Club was super awesome! It was also my first time at Theatre Ste. Catherine (and I am ashamed to admit it) and the experience was great. The next Brunch Club show hosts “The Michael Jordan of baseball of comedy” (according to Twitter) – Mark Little! Space Riders, his new show just won the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Program or Series produced in Digital Media, and, wait for it…you may or may not see him wearing glasses (he apparently likes to do that sometimes.)

Oh and if I didn’t mention already, Theatre Ste Catherine is comedy, theatre, beer and food all in one place! This time I am not kidding.

The Brunch Club monthly stand-up comedy show happens @ 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. @ Theatre Ste. Catherine (264 rue Ste-Catherine). Tickets: $20. The next show is on April 28, book your tickets HERE.

All photography is provided by Sebastian Mora. You can find more of his work HERE.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.