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Student Comedy (Film) Festival

Posted by MP / March 21, 2007

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I went to check out the first annual Montreal Student Comedy Film Festival last night at the warm and inviting Sala Rosa. Doing my best impersonation of a twenty year old University student, I managed to find and speak with organizer Vanessa Delsooz about taking the initiative to get her ideas out there, funding this fledgling festival out of her own pocket, and her anger at Concordia for their lack of support.

Featuring four stand-up comics and six short films, Delsooz organized this one-night-only, 100% student mini-festival with fellow Concordian Rishi Arya.

“They wouldn’t let us put our posters up in the school,” complained the excited and nervous Delsooz as the show started. “They didn’t even give us any coverage in The Link.” Concordia’s student paper may have overlooked the festival, but Delsooz tells me that McGill covered it in their paper, and judging by the turnout, Delsooz and her team managed to get the word out just fine. They plan to make this an annual event, with high hopes to appeal to more than just their fellow students.

Stand-up acts were raw, but had moments that made me laugh out loud. Andrew Searles, Paul Beluya – I apologize for what I’m sure is the incorrect spelling of your name, and Guido Cocomello all entertained, with the only awkward performance coming from Matthew Saliba – AKA Charlie Chuckles, which was a strange and abstract act that the audience barely tolerated.

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Guido Cocomello’s Snap TV sketch comedy videos were the highlight of the night. Starting with a live action Super Mario Brothers that used the original game’s soundtrack perfectly, and finishing with an homage to Christopher Guest and company in a mocumentary about speed walking that used sharp timing to garner laughs. You can catch more Snap TV at The Comedy Nest, with two shows, April 15th and May 6th.

Also notable was the film Residence Raw by organizer Vanessa Delsooz, which played more like an exposé of Concordia’s poor upkeep on their student housing, than a comedy. If it were presented as a serious piece it would be quite powerful, making the parents of any student living in residence cringe.

And I can’t leave out audience-favourite, Malt P.I. A film by Brian Mann that started out nearly unbearable but finished strong with a shot of two ninjas in bed with Jesus.

Rounding out the film roster was the good-excuse-for-putting-people-in-their-undies, Flamousse! by Marc Wiltshire, and Rags For Raj, by Vanessa Delsooz and Rishi Arya.

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Discussion

11 Comments

phil / March 21, 2007 at 01:16 pm
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sorry i missed it. sounds like an interesting gig
Tiffany / March 22, 2007 at 04:38 pm
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The name you misspelled is 'Paul Baluyot', and I thought he was hilarious.
Paul / March 22, 2007 at 05:10 pm
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It's cool that you mispelled my name. It's Paul Baluyot, You'll know it soon enough;)
Vanessa / March 26, 2007 at 09:22 pm
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Thank you very much for writing this article and taking the very first picture of me and my boyfriend (Rishi).
I hope you will come to our next event, Snap TV will be at the Comedy Nest on April 15.
TobyGKnoepke / June 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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This type of clever work and exposure! Maintain the good works guys I've added you guys to blogroll.
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