Without laughter, knock-knocks would only reveal door-to-door salesmen and the Tickle Monster would have to change his name to the “Socially Awkward Monster.” Revel in uninhibited laughs with this GrouponLive deal to see a comedy show at Yuk Yuk's. For $20, you get two general-admission tickets to any regular show between May 1 and September 3 (up to a $40 value). Performances take place Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.
Since their Toronto location opened in 1976, Yuk Yuk's has been a collective launching pad for such comedy heavyweights as Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, and Russell Peters. Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa stage makes way for an oncoming stampede of funny people, including Comedy Inc. co-star and writer Terry McGurrin (May 10–12), whose well-travelled stand-up act has split sides everywhere from New York to the Middle East with jocular routines about how his cat's achievements outweigh the achievements of his brother's children. Mark Forward (May 24–26), winner of the 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up Newcomer, awakens dormant guffaws with his subtle delivery and astute observations on the historical inaccuracies of the Flintstones' Christmas special. Dinner is available before the show upstairs at Hooley's Pub.