Bar Bifteck, the notorious Saint-Laurent watering hole, plays host to one of Montreal’s most hilarious stand-up comedy acts. Every second Sunday of the month Bifteck’s upper level braces itself for a dose of inappropriate remarks and amusingly offensive declarations. Danger Dulgar Comedy is an essential stop for those who are into the city’s independent comedy scene.
Running for over a year at Bifteck, your correspondent decided to go check it out, have a couple beers and snort his slightly embarrassing laugh just before starting the week. It might’ve been a cold, windy night outside, but inside the bar the patrons were feeling snug thanks to the bawdy comedians taking the stage.
The evening was hosted by Kris Dulgar, one of the show’s founders, who found plenty of time to talk about his confusing background (Trinidad and India) and how it’s usually simpler to reply that you’re Canadian, period.
The lineup usually features both seasoned comedians and up-and-coming performers, and last Sunday was no exception since talent from established institutions as Just for Laughs and Zoofest shared the spotlight with the emerging comedians who performed earlier this year at St. Ambroise Fringe.
The first comedian to be introduced was Kate Connor, who offered the audience some meditations about the existential angst that comes with motherhood. Her jokes were both endearing and disturbing, offering a reminder that children are always judging their parents.
Next in the roster was Nour Hadidi, who shared her experience as a young Jordanian woman in no hurry to get a boyfriend. To add some international zest, the Scottish comedian Darren Henwood talked about the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland, which, of course, allowed for a chance to draw some disquieting parallels with Quebec.
Apparently, the Scottish First Minister refused to have his picture taken with Pauline Marois but was chipper about being shot with Vladimir Putin. Wow. Kirsten Humbert, who also doubles as the social media guru at Danger Dulgar, engaged the audience with talk about shepherd’s pie, cats and all the mental disorders in between.
The evening’s headliner was Masssimo. Yes, just Massimo. His family, he assures, was just too poor to give him a last name. Equal parts douchy and disarming, he shared his ill-luck with women as he went over his last few dating experiences. With a serious look on his face, he also explained some unusual role-playing sex games―troll under the bridge, anyone?
Needless to say that I laughed a lot, up the point that I seriously worried about my ability to keep my pants dry. This is a show worth checking out not only because it’s hysterically fun.
Danger Dulgar Comedy, as explained by George Hamilton Braithwaite, the show’s other founder, is the only act among Montreal’s independent comedy scene to pay all its performers. So make sure you drop by Bar Bifteck on a second Sunday to share laugh and leave the place mildly offended.
Danger Duglar Comedy is happening every second Sunday at Bar Bifteck (3702 Blvd St. Laurent Montreal, QC H2X 2V4) at 8 p.m. $5 For more info click HERE