Please note: the Manitoba Liquor and Lottieries Galas are recorded for broadcast on CBC Television. Because of this, the floor seats must be filled before the show begins. If you arrive late you may not get the seats you were assigned.

Debaters line-up and topics announced!

Saturday Debaters:

  • Kids and Clothes – should kids wear what they want?
    Wes Borg says, "Let kids be T-shirt disturbers." Derek Seguin wants to give Wes a dressing down.
  • Air Travel – has it improved our lives?
    Danish Anwar doubts it. Rebecca Kohler thinks flying is grand and that's the plane truth!
  • First Impressions – do they matter?
    Tanyalee Davis says, "Look again!" Darryl Orr believes in no second chances when it comes to first impressions.
  • Pigeon or Crow – which is the worse urban pest?
    Ivan Decker decries the crow. Pete Johansson picks on pigeons.
  • Moving – should friends help friends move?
    D.J. Demers says, "That's what friends are for." Tim Nutt tells him,"U-Haul it yourself."
  • Ads on CBC Radio One – should we have them?
    Al Rae says, "Anything to pay the bills." Charlie Demers sees a slippery slope.

Sunday Debaters:

  • Golf – is watching it a waste of time?
    "Of course it is," says Erica Sigurdson. "That's not a fairway to think," says John Wing.
  • Genetically Engineered Animals – are they a good idea?
    Big Daddy Tazz wants better beasts! Shazia Mirza thinks playing God is God-awful.
  • Bingo – is it a worthwhile past time?
    Paul Rabliauskas is bully for bingo. Bruce Clark thinks bingo is a blight.
  • Dressing the Same – should couples don similar duds?
    Chantel Marostica & Amber Daniels show Darcy Michaels why they never attire of dressing similar.
  • Movie Sequels – are there too many?
    David Pryde says sequels are superior. Dean Jenkinson says sequels suck.
  • Fork or Spoon – which is the superior utensil?
    Ryan Belleville is for forks. Derek Edwards swoons for the spoon.

Please note our new venue, The Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Avenue West, located behind the casino and Canad Inns. IT IS NOT AGE RESTRICTED.

Our 2015 Festival Line-up includes:

Jeremy Hotz

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One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Canadian born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. With stellar performances at Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour "What A Miserable Tour This Is....", as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.

In 1997, he performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and received a standing ovation after his debut performance at the festival's prestigious television gala. He returned to the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 (voted Best Performer by the Globe and Mail), 2007, 2008 (Chosen as Best in Fest by the Montreal Gazette) 2011 and 2012 where he was one of the hosts for the Just for Laughs TV series for The Comedy Network. Recognition came quick, as American studios and networks showed interest and Jeremy was offered his first of many major development deals.

Another highlight for Jeremy was his debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, followed by five appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jeremy has also appeared on Comedy Central with his own half hour special, and was on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour. Jeremy filmed a one hour TV special "What A Miserable Show This Is..." for CTV, and his DVD “What a Miserable DVD This Is..." is a hit.

Beyond his stand-up comic merits, Jeremy is also a talented actor who appeared in the fourth season of HBO Canada's Call Me Fitz, and has appeared in the feature films My Favorite Martian (with Elizabeth Hurley) and Speed 2 (with Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric). He starred in the four-part mini-series Married Life on Comedy Central and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC's "OH CANA-DUH". He was the recipient of a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series" for his work in the celebrated series "The Newsroom" on the CBC and PBS in America.

Jeremy was also a staff writer and performer on the critically acclaimed "The Jon Stewart Show" (Paramount), and received a Gemini nomination for “Best Writing in Comedy or Variety Show or Series" for his half hour comedy special, "Whatever Happened to Jeremy Hotz?"

In 2008, Jeremy was honoured with the Dave Broadfoot, Comic Genius Award at the Canadian Comedy Awards, which is the most prestigious comedy award in the country. Following that year, he was awarded Best Male Stand-Up 2009. Most recently, after headlining the Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland Comedy Festivals, Hotz was awarded the Jury Prize - Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival. Jeremy's Magical Misery tour across Canada in February and March of 2013 was a smashing success.

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