Montreal comedy duo stopping in New Glasgow during tour

Amanda Jess
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David Heti and Morgan O’Shea have never spent longer than an hour in a room together.

Soon, they’ll be in close quarters on a road trip across Atlantic Canada, trying to make people laugh – an experience that may be worth documenting, they joked during a phone interview regarding their upcoming Hard and Slow comedy tour stop in New Glasgow.

“Now we’re spending three weeks together. It should be interesting,” one said while the other agreed, difficult to tell apart as they cracked jokes over a telephone line.

Though they’ve never toured together, they’ve been on the same bill in the past, leading them to believe they complement each other as a comedic duo.

“Morgan is better at warming a crowd. I come on and alienate them,” Heti said.

Both comedians hail from Montreal and have sent East Coast audiences into laughter before – Heti during Halifax Pop Explosion and O’Shea during his Once More Before I Leave tour, which stopped at The Thistle in New Glasgow.

“It was my best show during the tour,” he said, adding that there were ‘rough dudes’ drinking Coors and ‘skittles shots.’

He also poked fun at the town police force’s ownership of an armoured vehicle, and said he’s looking forward to returning.

They’ve both been telling jokes for nearly 10 years – Heti performing in festivals such as Just For Laughs and teaching comedy writing at McGill University and O’Shea doing shows at many Montreal comedy clubs and festivals.

They share a similar sense of humour, drifting towards the dark side of comedy.

“It’s the absolute simplest thing you can do,” Heti said about comedy. “You tell people your most immediate thoughts.”

Heti and O’Shea come to The Thistle on July 9.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Organizations: The Thistle, Coors, McGill University

Geographic location: Montreal, New Glasgow, Atlantic Canada East Coast

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