Montreal comic Sébastien Bourgault moves West
By: Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca
Here’s a brief update on Montreal comic Sébastien Bourgault, whom I profiled in my column last fall. About a month-and-half ago, he went to the next level in building his stand-up comedy career by making the move west to Toronto. This weekend, he is in the middle of a six-show headlining gig at the flagship Yuk Yuk’s club in downtown Toronto.
Bourgault, who moved with his girlfriend, loves the city and its people (and the fact that he can follow the Toronto Blue Jays on a regular basis by attending games at the Rogers Centre), and is getting comfortable with the challenges that living in Toronto presents, especially the linguistic ones.
“When I first performed in Toronto, I was a little scared, but that’s not the case now. The audiences here are more multi-cultural, and they don’t care if I’m French, and when they find out that I learned to speak English only two years ago, they don’t believe me,” said Bourgault during a brief phone interview after performing an open mic night show at Yuk Yuk’s. “And because I now live in an Anglophone city, it has helped me to improve the way I speak English.”
After his headlining gig at Yuk Yuk’s, Bourgault plans to perform his solo show in Cornwall, at the Yuk Yuk’s club in Ottawa, and as well as a five-show gig at the Leonardo Da Vinci Centre in St. Leonard from March 30- April 2. He also plans to travel to Los Angeles twice a year to get more stage time at its many comedy clubs, not to mention find himself an agent.