Back in the saddle again! - Yuk Yuk's ropes in deal to open new club in Calgary, sets sights on Edmonton



    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Yuk Yuk's, Canada's national comedy club chain,
is pleased to give a six-gun, laugh-roaring salute to its new location in
Calgary.
    Set to open in late summer 2008, the new club will be housed in a
dedicated, custom-built stand-up venue at Elbow River Casino - located
adjacent to the world-famous Stampede Park.
    "Calgary's always been a great market for us both in terms of our club
and talent development," says Yuk Yuk's founder and CEO Mark Breslin. "We've
been a fixture of the Calgary comedy scene for 20 years now and we're excited
to be downtown. We've always believed that stand-up plays best in an urban
setting."
    Breslin adds that Elbow River Casino is the ideal venue for stand-up.
"From the heyday of Vegas to modern show-palaces, comedy and casinos are a
natural fit. The success of our club at Casino Niagara has proven that
Canadians embrace the idea of combining casinos with comedy."
    "We're thrilled to be able to offer our guests the best of Canadian
comedy in a state-of-the-art venue designed to maximize the experience for
both comics and audiences," says Kevin Booth, general manager of Elbow River
Casino.
    Franchisees Hal Metcalfe and Jim Weston view the location as a big boost
for the city's entertainment scene. "With the new club, we can give Calgary
audiences an authentic Vegas-style laugh experience without having to leave
the city."
    In addition to the new Calgary location, Yuk Yuk's is currently in final
negotiations to open their new club in Edmonton, AB and will be opening in St.
John's, NF in August 2008.
    "We're expanding and exploring new opportunities," says Breslin. "We just
signed a deal with Just For Laughs to be a venue for their Toronto
mini-festival. But as always, we will remain true to our roots. Yuk Yuk's is
committed to featuring the best Canadian comic talent in an appropriate venue
that fosters free speech and creativity."

    Yuk Yuk's is the world's largest chain of comedy clubs, with 14 Canadian
locations from coast to coast. Founded by Mark Breslin in 1976, Yuk Yuk's
created the Canadian stand-up comedy scene and was the launching pad for such
international stars as Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel and Norm McDonald. Yuk Yuk's
production division has produced highly-rated TV specials for CBC, A&E, TMN
and The Comedy Network including the annual Great Canadian Laugh Off. Its
talent agency, Funny Business, is the largest comedy agency in the country and
books Yuk Yuk's On Tour and numerous other shows and corporate functions
across North America. For more information on Yuk Yuk's, visit,
www.yukyuks.com.
    For more information on Elbow River Casino, visit
www.elbowrivercasino.com.





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