Even without a big international star, the comedy festival ComediHa! Sold out this year according to its president and founder, Sylvain Parent-Bédard.
“For us, sold out, the 45,000 seats sold for shows. But it is calculated that the total number of visitors is generally 10 times higher, “Parent-Bédard said Wednesday in a press conference, drawing a positive balance of the 18th festival.
Sylvain Parent-Bédard swears that he has not abandoned the niche of the world’s biggest stars, even though no big name has ever been heard from Roberto Benigni, John Malkovich, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld and Jamel Debouzze. This stature was not present this year.
“It’s still part of the plans, but there are a number of factors that come into play, including the artists’ agenda and the budget. We passed very close this year, but it did not work. However, there are already negotiations underway for next year and we are still interested in English-speaking comedians, “commented Parent-Bédard.
He added that a major new sponsor could also join the festival in 2018. “We met with them this morning in Montreal. The future is promising, “he said, taking care not to reveal the name of the company in question.
In total, more than 100 shows with 450 artists were presented during the 10 days of the festival and more than 40 hours of television produced by Quebecomm, the parent company of ComediHa !, whose eighth season of the series LOL .