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CEO Comedy Classic

May 10, 2016, Theatre Maisonneuve, Montreal at 7:00 p.m.

Humour Me is a charity event where a group of committed sponsors, brave CEOs and Canadian and international stand-up comics come together to raise money for youth related charities. Humour Me applies a twist to the standard stand-up routine by bringing together both professional comedians and influential, high-profile amateurs to perform together.

The focus of the event is raising funds to support organizations that deliver vital services to young people. To date we have donated over $5,000,000 to some incredible groups who are working hard to make a real difference in the lives of young Canadians. This year the net proceeds of Humour Me will support Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.

This is our first time in Montreal and we're looking forward to vous faire rire.

A Message from the Founder

Humour Me gives a concept commonly found on reality TV a comedic twist by inviting high-profile and influential business professionals to perform a short stand-up routine in front of a live audience. The contestants will compete to be recognized as the "Funniest Amateur" of the evening. Not only will the CEOs have to write and perform five minutes of original stand-up comedy, they'll have to juggle comedy classes, everyday business and fundraising. They will flip through their Rolodexes, strong-arm their business associates and beg for every possible dollar for our charity. After intense coaching by seasoned local comedians, these movers and shakers will be judged on-stage by a panel of industry veterans. But most importantly, they'll be raising money for an important cause.
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David Goodman

This is our first time in Montreal and the event promises an evening of laughs featuring headliner Sebastian Maniscalco, Montreal’s own Sugar Sammy as host and some of Canada’s leading executives. This year’s C-suite executives are Peter Letko, Co-Founder & Partner, Letko Brosseau & Associates; John A. Rae, C.M., Executive Vice President, Power Corporation of Canada;
Richard J. Renaud, Chairman & CEO, TNG Corporation and Co-Chair, Dundee Sarea LP; and
Lino A. Saputo, Jr., CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board, Saputo Inc. Past award winners have included Victor Dodig, David Kaufman, Tim Hockey, Jordy Chilcott and Kevin Sullivan who have all proven that you can be a successful Canadian executive while maintaining your sense of humour!

As the event evolves we remain focused on raising funds to support organizations that deliver vital services to young people. To date we have donated over $5,000,000 to some incredible groups who are working hard to make a real difference in the lives of young Canadians. This year the proceeds will support Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.

Special thanks go out to our sponsors from me and our entire team. Humour Me would not be possible without their generous support. Please join us in supporting Shriners Hospitals by sponsoring one of the comedians and making a donation.

See you at the show!

David Goodman
Founder, Humour Me
President & CEO, Dundee Corporation

Sebastian Maniscalco, Guest Star

Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco’s specialty.

Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier.
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Sebastian Maniscalco

Sebastian Maniscalco, Guest Star

In his stand-up special "Aren't You Embarrassed?" which debuted on Showtime in November 2014, the sophisticated comedian with the chiseled cheekbones gives us a hilarious reality check of the world we all find ourselves living in. Continuing to bring his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and etiquette in his second Showtime special in two years, Sebastian takes on everything from selfies that he calls "lonelies" ("Do you know how alone you have to be to have 838 photos of yourself in your bathroom?") to online restaurant reviews ("Who's got the time to write an 18 page essay on asparagus?") to airport check-ins ("I'm taking out a boot…a sock…a toothpaste…does anyone know what two pounds is?"). The special has already spawned the Twitter hash tag #Aren'tYouEmbarrassed, with thousands of followers donating their take via social media on the absurdities of everyday life in the year 2014.

Taping the special "Aren't You Embarrassed?" in Chicago was a homecoming of sorts for the self-proclaimed 'half-Sicilian, half-Italian' who grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Chicago ("The world doesn't match my upbringing"). Priding himself on a work ethic his father instilled in him when he began working at the age of eight, Sebastian made his first dime as an altar boy at funerals during his lunch break to contribute to the family.

Still sporting his Chicago accent despite leaving the Windy City in the early 2000s to follow his dream in Los Angeles, Sebastian began paying his comedy dues by night playing his brand of comedy in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He eventually broke into the national spotlight with a 20-city tour in support of his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special. Yet, it wasn't until Sebastian captured the attention of award-winning actor and entertainer Vince Vaughn who selected him to be one of four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" that his comedy career began to explode.

Since then, the 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian has established an avid fan following via national late night television appearances on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "Lopez Tonight", "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", "Conan" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Sebastian is also a popular guest on such ground-breaking podcasts as "WTF with Marc Maron" in addition to starring in his own wildly popular "The Pete and Sebastian Show" podcast every Friday night. If that wasn't enough, Sebastian is currently writing a pilot for NBC alongside Austen Earl and Greg Garcia.

Still enjoying the honeymoon phase with new wife and renowned L.A. based artist Lana Gomez, Sebastian continues to develop new material at frequent shows at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Sebastian also routinely devotes time to The COMMIT Foundation, which creates serendipity for veterans by fostering mentorship, extending professional networks, and promoting familiar camaraderie for our country's military.

At the moment, Sebastian says he finds himself 'happier than ever'…and he ain't embarrassed one bit.

Sugar Sammy, Host

One of the hottest comedians on the international circuit, Sugar Sammy is enjoying great success both at home and around the world. In less than four years he has sold more than 360,000 tickets to his shows in Canada and India, including over 140,000 to his ground-breaking English/French bilingual show.
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Sugar Sammy

Sugar Sammy, Host

His tour dates have won him the ranking of one of the 30th highest-biggest grossing tours in North America according to Pollstar magazine, and Billboard Magazine named him the top-selling Canadian tour for the 12 months ending April 2014. Critics and fans alike have lauded him for finding a way to make everyone laugh at each other, and themselves, at the same time, in the same room.

In May 2013 Sugar Sammy became the first English comedian to post wins at Quebec's prestigious Olivier comedy awards. He won the Olivier for Best Show (voted by the industry) and the Olivier for Comedian of the Year (voted by the public). In 2014 he once again won the Olivier for Comedian of the Year at the 16th annual gala, and Apple chose him to perform in their TV ads in French Canada. In May 2015 Sugar Sammy was nominated again, for the third year in a row, for the Olivier for Comedian of the Year.

He is the first artist chosen by Comedy Central India to tour their country, visiting Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi in March 2013 with his English/Hindi/Punjabi comedy show.

Working in four languages affords Sugar Sammy the opportunity to travel the world to perform for his dedicated fans. Over 1,000 shows in 30 countries, including England, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, China, India, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, New Zealand and South Africa, in addition to Canada and the United States, have given him a distinctly universal perspective. He's been invited to perform at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival seven times. No stranger to the prestigious festival circuit, he's also performed at the Sydney, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Auckland, Halifax and Winnipeg festivals, as well as Le Grand rire festival in Quebec City.

Part of a new breed of young, global, accessible performers, Askmen.com dubbed him 'Comedy's New Rock Star' and The Hollywood Reporter selected him as one of their 'Ten Comics to Watch'. A tour-de-force, Sugar Sammy stirs up and samples the multi-cultural melting pot that exists in most urban centres today. In doing so he presents hilarious scenarios and comments on our global society's inherent contradictions in a brilliantly entertaining way, presenting his views of his Indian roots, world travels, arranged marriages, pop culture and modern day relationships in a "...perfect balance between confident swagger and self-deprecation."


His bestselling DVD "Sugar Sammy Live in Concert: Direct from Montreal" was the number one selling comedy DVD on Amazon.ca for five straight weeks and continues to post impressive sales. The concert featured in the DVD, part of Air Canada's on-air entertainment program and featured on The Comedy Network, was the first special starring a Canadian stand-up on HBO Canada. Sugar Sammy has also had TV specials aired on Showtime Arabia, The Comedy Channel, CTV and Dutch TV network NTR. Meanwhile on the web, his stand-up videos have had over three million views.

February 2014 marked the debut of Sugar Sammy and French-speaking comedian Simon-Olivier Fecteau's new TV show on Quebec's French V network. The series, Ces gars-là, is inspired by the lives of the two writer-comedians and traces their searches for love, their relationships with their families and how they deal with the rules of their own friendship. Based on an original idea by Sugar Sammy the series is directed by Simon-Olivier Fecteau and co-written by the two stars, along with mutual friend India Desjardins.

Having worked with some of the greats who have paved the way before him such as Dave Chappelle, George Lopez and Damon Wayans, he's learned his lessons well. Next stop: global domination - one laugh at a time!

Visit sugarsammy.com and join his mailing list for all the latest news and priority ticket access for upcoming shows.

4 CEOs Perform a Stand-up Comedy Routine

Not only will the CEOs have to perform five minutes of original stand-up comedy, they'll have to juggle comedy classes, everyday business and fundraising. They will flip through their Rolodexes, strong-arm their business associates and beg for every possible dollar for Shriners Hospitals. After intense coaching by seasoned local comedians, these movers and shakers will be judged on-stage by a panel of industry veterans. But, most importantly, they'll be raising money for an important cause.

  • Peter Letko

    Co-Founder & Partner
    Letko Brosseau & Associates

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  • John A. Rae, C.M.

    Executive Vice President
    Power Corporation of Canada

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  • Richard J. Renaud

    Chairman & CEO, TNG Corporation
    Co-Chair, Dundee Sarea LP

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  • Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

    CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board
    Saputo Inc.

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Peter Letko

Co-Founder & Partner
Letko Brosseau & Associates

Peter Letko is Co-Founder and Partner of Letko Brosseau & Associates. A 40-year veteran of the investment industry, he is a B.Com. (McGill University) and CFA. Peter co-manages Letko Brosseau with Co-Founder and Partner Daniel Brosseau. The firm has grown to become one of the largest managers of pension funds in Canada.

Peter began his career as an investment analyst with Kippen & Company in Montreal and then J.R. Timmins. He later joined the CN Pension Fund where he worked as a financial analyst and portfolio manager.

Peter has also served as a director of companies in various industries including venture capital, leasing, energy and real estate.

He is currently Co-Chair of the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign.

Peter is married to Deborah Josephson and has three children.

John A. Rae, C.M.

Executive Vice President
Power Corporation of Canada

A graduate of Queen’s University, a Member of the Order of Canada, holder of an honorary doctorate from McGill University, recipient of the John Orr Award from Queen’s University – Mr. Rae is certainly not lacking in accolades and honours.

He has long worked in the shadows of the political arena, beginning his career under the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. He joined Power Corporation in 1971, where he now serves as Executive Vice President. Supporting social causes is second nature to Mr. Rae. He dedicates himself wholeheartedly to building a better future for those who will come after him. His professional achievements are equalled only by his generous philanthropic endeavours. Involved with Queen's University and Chair of the Best Care for Life Campaign of the McGill University Health Centre, he supports a large number of causes in a wide range of sectors.

John A. Rae also serves on the Board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and is a director of BNP/Paribas (Canada) and Fednav Ltd.

Richard J. Renaud

Chairman & CEO, TNG Corporation
Co-Chair, Dundee Sarea LP

Richard J. Renaud is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TNG Corporation (Renaud family office) and Co-Chair of Dundee Sarea LP. He has worked actively in private equity with a discipline for workout situations in Canada and the United States for over 40 years. Sectors of investment include manufacturing, financial services and information technologies. Mr. Renaud founded Dundee Sarea with Ned Goodman. In 1999, prior to Dundee Sarea, Mr. Renaud co-founded Wynnchurch Capital, a top quartile private equity firm. He was a general partner and Chairman at Wynnchurch until June 2013.

Mr. Renaud was also involved as an investor, board member and executive with AMJ Campbell (1977-1980), Radiomutuel (1982-1999), Canstar (1988-1995) and Weider Health & Fitness (1987 as a director and 1993-1996 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer). He is presently a member of a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards including Android Industries, Concordia University Foundation and St. Mary's Hospital Centre (Board of Governors).

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

CEO & Vice Chairman of the Board
Saputo Inc.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Saputo Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University. He has been actively involved in the company's operations for over 30 years. He first started working in Saputo's plants when he was only 13 years old, and nine years later became an administrative assistant. Through the years Lino A. Saputo, Jr. has held several positions including Vice President, Operations and Engineering; Executive Vice President Operations; and President, Cheese Division (USA). In 2004 he was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2011 he was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board.

Known for their community involvement Lino A. Saputo, Jr. and his family support multiple organizations. They also contribute to various projects and initiatives. Moreover, their commitment to sports, specifically soccer, is noteworthy.

In 2011 Amelia and her husband Lino A. Saputo Jr. founded the Amelia and Lino A. Saputo Jr., Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and causes which contribute to the betterment of the community for future generations.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. is committed to Centraide of Greater Montreal. Over the years his involvement has been noteworthy. In 2012 he co-presided their annual fundraising campaign; he led the Food and Retail Trade Cabinet's fundraising efforts for the two following years and, most recently, he has accepted a four-year mandate to preside the organization's Major Donor's Campaign.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. also sits on the Board of Directors of Transcontinental Inc. and acts as a member of their Human Resources and Compensation Committee. In addition, he is a director on the National Bank of Canada's board and is a member of their Human Resources Committee. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the Conference Board of Canada.

The Judges

  • Mark Breslin

    Mark Breslin

  • France Christian Demerault

    France Chrétien Desmarais

  • Gilbert Rozon

    Gilbert Rozon

Mark Breslin

CEO & Founder, Yuk Yuk's

Mark Breslin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and graduated York University with a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature in 1974. Soon after graduating, Breslin became Director of Theatre and Music for the Harbourfront Corporation, an innovative cultural organization that produces events and activities at numerous venues on Toronto's waterfront.

In 1976 Breslin opened the first Yuk Yuk's comedy club in the basement of Toronto's Church Street Community Centre. Four years and many sweaty shows later, the Yuk Yuk's flagship was moved to the trendy Yorkville district. Over the years, Yuk Yuk's expanded to its present reach with 16 clubs across Canada.

In 1998 he co-founded the Humber College Comedy Program and was chosen as Artistic Director. He currently sits as Advisory Board Chairman and Producer in Residence. He is a founding board member of the Canadian Comedy Awards and was a comedy mentor for the B.C. Festival of the Arts.

He has acted as producer, executive producer and story consultant for numerous television programs such as "Late Night with Joan Rivers", "Yuk Yuk's - the TV Show", "Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui" and "Kenny vs Spenny" among others. He is an author and columnist, and also worked in radio as the Program Director for "Laugh Attack" on XM Canada - the only 24-hour Canadian comedy channel.

Breslin is also a much sought-after public speaker. Selected speaking engagements have included the American Comedy Institute in NYC, the Big Bear Comedy Workshop in L.A., Association for Campus Entrepreneurs (Toronto keynote address), universities, colleges and many more.

In 2014 Breslin was named one of the 180 most influential people ever to be born and raised in Toronto.

France Chrétien Desmarais

Mrs. France Chrétien Desmarais studied law and economics at the University of Ottawa. She has been involved with various companies and not-for-profit organizations and commits with passion to the causes she adopts in areas as varied as youth support, health, sports, education, arts and cultural heritage.

Mrs. Chrétien Desmarais currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Celebration of Montreal's 375th anniversary. She is Vice President and founding member of both the Guy Laliberté Foundation and ONE DROP, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and the Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada. She has served on the Board of Directors of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch since 1998. Previously, Mrs. Chrétien Desmarais served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and was the founding Chairman of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. In 2011 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Gilbert Rozon

Founding President, Just for Laughs Group

Founding President of the Just for Laughs Group, Gilbert Rozon was born in Montreal on October 26, 1954 and grew up in Saint-André d'Argenteuil. He began working at a young age as a paperboy and by the time he turned 14 had tried his hand as a gravedigger, salesman, printer, publisher of business telephone directories, and more.

After graduating in law from Université de Montréal he was called to the Quebec Bar in 1984. Four years earlier he had created his first major event, the Grande virée festival in Lachute, which drew over 60,000 people in its first year (and more than 80,000 in its second) thanks to a lineup that included some of the biggest names in Quebec and French showbiz.

In 1982 Gilbert Rozon got a crazy idea. A creator at heart he saw that every artistic discipline had its own festival - except comedy. The first annual Just for Laughs festival opened on July 14, 1983. Today Quebec's favourite festival is one of the biggest cultural gatherings in Canada. It's also considered the largest comedy event in the world, attracting nearly two million visitors to Montreal each summer.

In 2012 Mr. Rozon was named Commissioner of the corporation in charge of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations. He recently joined the Dragons’ team in the show “Dans l’oeil du dragon 5”.

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Coaches

  • Joey Elias

    Joey Elias

  • Heidi Foss

    Heidi Foss

  • Ian Sirota

    Ian Sirota, Head Coach

Joey Elias

Since his humble beginnings at amateur nights in 1992, Joey has since spread his unique brand of comedy around the world. From performing in no less than 16 Just for Laughs festivals, to going overseas to Afghanistan in 2004 and 2007 to entertain the Canadian troops stationed there. Joey continues to tour headlining comedy clubs, festivals and corporate functions, and now hosts a nightly comedy show on Montreal's CJAD 800AM that can be heard 11pm to midnight five nights a week.

Heidi Foss

Called 'a revelation' by UK's The Independent, heralded as 'fantastically intelligent' by The Globe and Mail, and 'one of the country's best' by the Montreal Gazette, Heidi is a four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Female Stand-up Comic in Canada. Her dry, deadpan delivery has earned her four televised CBC galas as a part of the Montreal Just for Laughs festival, as well as numerous appearances on CBC radio, television, CBC's "Halifax Comedy Festival", CTV's "Comedy Now" and the acclaimed "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight", and just recently on CBS's "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen".

In addition to screenwriting, story editing and series development for shows on HBO, FOX, PBS, FAMILY and YTV, Heidi won a Canadian Comedy Award as part of the staff writing team on CBC's hit series "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" and won a CBC development deal at the 2007 Just for Laughs "Just for Pitching" event. In 2011 Heidi signed an exclusive writer-producer deal with ABC Family Channel to develop her own original sitcom series, and at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, Heidi's animated feature film script "Butterfly Tale" won the inaugural China-Canada Gateway Competition

Ian Sirota, Head Coach

Ian Sirota has shared the stage with Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Miller, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Jerry Seinfeld, and headlines comedy clubs across North America. Ian was a regular cast member and writer for "Comedy Inc.", "Comedy Now", "Gutterball Alley" and many more. Ian has been nominated for not one, but two Gemini Awards, including Best Comedy Performance.

This sharp-tongued, take-no-prisoners comic can also blend in observational humour with a family focus, all the while mastering the audience with lightening crowd work. A perfect fit for any fundraiser or corporate event, Ian continues to be a regular contributor to Humour Me.

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Raising Money for
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada

The proceeds of Humour Me Montreal will support Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada.

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Over $5,000,000

previously raised for Canadian registered charities including CAMH, Covenant House, Dixon Hall, Eva's Initiatives, SickKids Foundation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Trails Youth Initiatives

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Theatre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
175 Saint Catherine West, Montreal