The Green Room with Paul Provenza Maison Theatre, Montreal QC, July 29

The Green Room with Paul Provenza Maison Theatre, Montreal QC, July 29
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The Green Room is the most authentic view into what it's actually like to be a comic. Comprised of host Paul Provenza and six different comics from around the world, it's a most interesting discussion of international issues, doing comedy, coming up through the industry and also just plain old jokes. Fascinating and funny, it was easy to get so immersed in their conversation that you felt like you were part of it.
 
The guests were all at completely different levels of success, but everyone contributed something essential to the discussion. Irish comic Aisling Bea shared her perspective on how the acceptance of female comics has been impacted by the success of the movie Bridesmaids. Michael Che talked about his favourite denied pitches at Saturday Night Live and the toughest parts of the show that no one sees. Mo Amer shared his crazy experiences as a refugee from Kuwait trying to tour around the world without a passport, and Arbi El Ayachi added a few similar thoughts about living life as a Belgian Muslim from Morocco. Over the course of the night, everything melded together until the division between comedy and politics blurred, and everything became a beautiful tapestry of shared history and new knowledge.
 
Though the topics of this show might sound mostly serious on paper, it was far from a stone-faced discussion. Andy Kindler interjected with bits that kept everything offbeat and goofy, plus Che occasionally improvised short, hard-hitting one liners that delivered some of the best laughs of the night.