Six New Brunswick Comedians to Receive National Airtime

Six New Brunswick Comedians to Receive National Airtime

Left to Right: Comedians James Mullinger, Ansar Hassan and Jimmy MacKinley
Left to Right: Comedians James Mullinger, Ansar Hassan and Jimmy MacKinley

New Brunswick comedians James Mullinger, Ansar Hassan, Jimmy MacKinley, Matt Richardson, Darren Elmore and adopted Saint Johner Garrett Clark will receive national airtime on CBC’s Laugh out Loud program to over one million listeners on CBC Radio One, SiriusXM and iTunes.

Normally reserved for larger centers, the Laugh out Loud team have selected the Saint John area, specifically Quispamsis, as the location for their next live taping of the show. At KV Billiards on November 17th, these six will perform for a live audience.
Their sets will be recorded and broadcast nationwide within the next few months.

Left to Right: Comedians Garrett Clark, Darren Elmore and Matt Richardson

Mark Burnett, Co-Owner of Something Funny Inc. – the production company which is promoting and producing the live show – is thrilled that the province of New Brunswick was selected. “The fact that Laugh out Loud chose to bring the show to our province and record our comedians says a lot about the level of talent we have here. For them to skip over both Montreal and St. John’s, Newfoundland says even more. We’re making things happen here and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this.”

The show’s host Ali Hassan is looking forward to the recording. He said, “Laugh out Loud prides itself on recording talented local performers in thriving comedy markets across Canada. Saint John is exactly that type of market, and KV Billiards – a venue that respects comedy and artists – is a great venue for this upcoming live recording.” Hassan added “We are excited to introduce the country and our international listeners to some of the talented performers of Saint John!”.

Buy tickets now before they sell out as a limited number are available. For more information, visit or

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Quick Details:

Date: November 17, 2016

Venue: KV Billiards, 6 Market Street, Quispamsis, New Brunswick

Start time: Show at 8:30pm, Doors Open at 8:00pm

Tickets: $20 – Online only from



Media Contact:

Mark Burnett
Something Funny Inc. / Co-Creator and Producer
Cell: 506-609-6699




James Mullinger LIVE in Mactaquac


DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND (and selling out the show nearly a month in advance), A SECOND SHOW HAS BEEN ADDED! Tickets are available for the 9:30pm show at the venue (cash only) as well as online here:

British comedy sensation, James Mullinger headlines in Mactaquac (Yes! Mactaquac!) at MOCO Kitchen, October 22, 2016! Featuring Moncton’s Marty-d and Saint John’s Dan McCarthy.

James Mullinger was one of the hardest working stand ups in the UK as well as the Comedy Editor for GQ Magazine. Since moving to Canada in February 2014 he has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Solo Show and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show.

He has sold out the Imperial Theatre twice, appeared on CBC many times, produced three seasons of his own television series which follows him travelling around Canada performing comedy shows, headlined Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs all over the country and was just announced as the host for the 2017 East Coast Music Awards!

A big budget movie has been made about his life entitled “The Comedian’s Guide to Survival” starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Gilbert Gottfried, Mike Ward and Pete Zedlacher. That movie debuted at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal this summer and will be playing at select theatres throughout the UK later this year.

On April 28, 2016, James sold out Harbour Station in Saint John, outselling Jerry Seinfeld, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Jeff Dunham! That show was filmed for television. Watch the CBC documentary ‘City on Fire’ here:

See him in one of his most intimate shows to date. Tickets will go quickly so get yours before they’re gone!

Writers of 22 Minutes Tour

BME 22 Minutes FB cover w_ names


The writers from This Hour Has 22 Minutes – Heidi Brander, Bob Kerr, Matt Wright and Adam Christie – fly in from Los Angeles, Toronto and Newfoundland to tour New Brunswick with shows beginning on August 31st at the Igloo Beverage Room in Moncton, continuing September 1st at The Vogue Theatre in Miramichi and September 2nd at The BMO Studio Theatre in Saint John. Tickets are only $22 plus applicable fees and available on the Comedy with Balls website.

Matt Wright joined the 22 Minutes writers room in 2016. He has appeared on CBC’s “The Debaters”, The Halifax Comedy Festival, and at the Just For Laughs Festival. Matt was a national semi-finalist in the SiriusXM “Canada’s Next Top Comic” Competition and “The Overcast” named Matt “Best St. John’s Comedian” in their “Best Of Local People” issue in 2014 and 2015.

Adam Christie is an actor, writer, and comedian originally from Toronto, Ontario. He has won a Canadian Comedy Award, and has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award, two Canadian Screen Awards, and The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund. He has toured nationally as a headliner with Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs, has performed at JFL 42, Halifax Pop Explosion, NXNE, and The Hubcap Comedy Festival. Adam has been seen on CBC, MuchMusic, MTV, The Comedy Network, CMT, and was a performer/producer on the critically acclaimed weekly comedy show Laugh Sabbath in Toronto. Along with stand-up and writing, Adam is known by thousands of kids across Canada as the former host of The Zone Weekend, as well as Zoink’d on YTV.

Adam is about to start his fourth season writing on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and is currently living in Los Angeles.

Heidi Brander is a stand-up comedian and PEI’s second-most beloved female writer. In addition to writing for 22 Minutes she has written for CTV’s “Spun Out” and “MTV Live.” She has appeared on Video on Trial, Entertainment Tonight Canada and MTV Live, and has performed at the Halifax Pop Explosion, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. She won a 2015 Canadian Comedy Award as part of the 22 Minutes team, and has been nominated for two Writers Guild Awards and a Canadian Screen Award. Her other accolades include a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Stand-Up Newcomer, and a 1994 win over Ryan Gosling in an elementary school lip-sync competition.

Bob Kerr has written and performed for hit television comedy shows such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Comedy Inc., The Nikki Payne Funtime Show, Hotbox, and Satisfaction to name a few. Recently, he co-created a web series entitled “But I’m Chris Jericho”, of which he won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Writing In A Web Series for his script, “Acting Class.” Currently, Bob will be beginning his seventh year writing on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has recently won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.

Purchase tickets for The Writers of 22 Minutes Tour before they sell out as a limited number are available at each venue. Tickets are now available for all cities by clicking here.

Montreal Comedian to Wrap Up Fredericton Pride

Fredericton Pride 2016 Tranna Wintour


Comedy with Balls is proud to present Montreal comedian Tranna Wintour in support of Fredericton Pride on August 13, 2016. Wintour will be joined by Halifax comic Chanel Freire, Sussex’s Darren Elmore, Charlottetown’s Brittany Campbell with the show being hosted by Mark Burnett. The show will take place at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton. Tickets are available in advance for $25 online at or directly from Fredericton Pride.

Tranna is a pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry comedienne. With her unique brand of humour Tranna has taken the comedy scene by storm. She has performed in many festivals including Just for Laughs, Pride Toronto, Montreal Sketch Fest and performed her one-woman show, TRANTASY, to rave reviews at the Montreal Fringe Festival (2015). This summer Tranna, alongside her co-producer and co-host, Thomas Leblanc, took the Just for Laughs Festival by storm with “Sainte Celine: A Dion Cabaret.”

Tranna’s work has received the attention of international publications. She’s been profiled in The Daily Front Row (New York City’s official Fashion Week magazine), the UK’s Daily Telegraph, and the Montreal Gazette, which named her one of the city’s 20 hottest Montrealers. She has graced the cover of CultMTL and was ranked the second best comedian in their Best of Montreal poll. She has placed consistently in the top 3 for the last 3 years.

Purchase tickets for Tranna’s Fredericton show before they sell out as a limited number are available. For more information, click here.

Can’t Stop Us Now

We’ve had some hugely successful shows since I had the chance to write here last. December 5th we had Mark Splude light the place on fire, bringing his brand of brash humour to the stage. Holy shit, there’s a video!

On January 2nd, we added a new presenting sponsor in Saint John Hyundai. Thank you for your support. We love your cars!

We also added in a special surprise headliner. After Jimmy MacKinley ripped the place apart, James Mullinger took the stage by storm. Wait a minute, here’s another video!

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came out to the last two shows. Our audiences continue to grow in the valley and we love you for it.

Didi and I are really looking forward to February 6th when Moncton comic, Neal Mundle headlines. Details are here.

– Mark


Selling out… in a good way.

What a wild month it’s been! We launched this thing on November 7th and had an incredibly successful first show, selling out the venue (120 people) in just under 20 minutes. It’s confirmation to Didi and I that our idea for a comedy club in the Kennebecasis Valley was a valid one and tells us that the people that live here love to laugh.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first show and those who bought tickets and enjoyed our special presentation, the Chris Tom Mark Tour, featuring Chris Locke, Tom Henry, Mark Little and local host Darren Elmore on November 20th. Find photos from the Chris Tom Mark Tour by clicking here.

Our next show is on December 5th and we would love to see you there! The headliner for the show will be none other than the Spawn of Saint John and regular contributor on Rock 88.9, Mark Splude. Trevor Muxworthy, Vince Hoben and Arif Hussain will also perform as well as newcomer Brad McLaughlin. Comedy with Balls alum, Dan McCarthy will host that evening. For more details on the December 5th show, click here.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you out soon, KV!

– Mark

We’re About to Launch

Welcome to the Comedy with Balls website! Bare with us as we work to add content to the site but please keep your clothes on.

Comedy with Balls is a monthly comedy show in the Kennebecasis Valley which is launching on November 7, 2015 in the KV Billiards performance space, 6 Market Street, Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

Our shows feature the very best amateur and professional Comedians from Atlantic Canada and beyond. Tickets are $10 at the door. Don’t hesitate. Make plans to be there because space is limited.

Please check back as we populate Comedian bios and information about our shows. We can’t wait to see you!