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National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

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Rag Bag Comedy Cabaret

Closed October 31, 2019

Hot off a run at the acclaimed Zoofest - Off Just For Laughs in Montreal and Ottawa Busker Festival!

Why See Rag Bag Comedy Cabaret?

Comedy & Stand-upComedy Theatre

One night only!

Enjoy a fabulous evening of solid gold titillating fun as Toronto's longest-running variety show, Rag Bag Comedy Cabaret opens its doors at the NAC's Fourth Stage for this one night only Halloween edition.These shows are Live and uncensored so leave the kids at home

Hosted by award-winning Ringmaster Rachelle Elie, expect music, magic, comedy as she cracks her whip over a raft of talent that includes music from Marta and David Celia, drag from Adrianna Ex, erotic poetry by Emerson Lake and magic from JOE.

Come ready to laugh, have a great time and give your inner child the spanking it deserves!

Past audience reviews:

A very engaging and fun-filled night! Very thankful for the welcoming atmosphere and fantastic performances! - Raphael Kabuuri

Laughed so hard my face hurt and tears were flowing. In awe of the scope of performers. Enjoyed every moment.
- Kelly McDowell

I had the most epic time! A laugh riot! - Yvette Hernandez

No holds barred! Lots of laughs & great entertainment.
- Bobbi Brown

Nothing but love for this show! Bravo! - Joanne Elizabeth 

Always a good laugh! Who doesn't like to laugh? Highly recommend to everyone who loves comedy. - Liz Franzkewitch

Great show! - Oana Postolea

The show had a diverse array of top-notch talent - comedians, poets, singers, magic, drag, and boylesque. I highly recommend going to a show. - Catharine Rock

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Performance date: 31 October 2019


These shows are Live and uncensored so leave the kids at home

Run time

Two hours with an intermission

Cast and Creative


Hosted by Rachelle
Music by Marla & David Celia
Drag by Adrianna Ex
Erotic poet Emerson Lake
Comedy & Magic by JOE


Award-winning Comedian Rachelle Elie curates every show and has been producing Rag Bag Cabarets since 1996. 

Rachelle has had a very busy summer! She brought her first stand up comedy hour to the Ottawa Fringe Festival and to the prestigious ZooFest /OFF Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Also after doing stand up comedy for the last ten years she headlined for the first time at Canada's National Stand Up Club Yuk Yuk's in Ottawa. 

She was nominated for Best Break Out Artist with the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2018 and has been a supporting act for legendary Comedians Mike McDonald and Tommy Chong. She has participated in the First Air Arctic Comedy Festival in Iqaluit, HubCap Comedy Festival in Moncton, Women In Comedy Festival in Boston twice and JFL 42. Elie was nominated for a Just For Laughs Comedy Award and her CD S#!t I'm in Love with You Again plays regularly on JUST FOR LAUGHS radio.


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