A quick 5(ish) questions with comedian Shaun Majumder

Prior to Shaun Majumder’s appearance at The YYComedy Festival Gala Saturday, Oct. 21, theYYSCENE decided to put him to task and ask the tough questions. Quite dismayed by the last answer, I have to say.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most about The YYComedy Festival: the amazing talent, our amazing city, or the fact that there could be a blizzard? (There won’t be. Probably.)

A: Well I am always excited to come to Alberta. For me as a Newfoundlander is like comin’ ‘ome! Plus I love how fired up people get about politics here. And you know I have yet to try a prairie oyster. Who knows …

Q: If you were in a cage match with Debra DiGiovanni, who would win and how?

A: Well she is like a Jedi when it comes to charm and loveability — I do think she will start with that and I will lose my powers then she will paralyze me with her brilliant hilarity and I will be sobbing on the floor to make it stop. I believe I will have no choice but then to tap out!

Q: Does living in L.A. revoke or enforce your Newfoundlander street cred? (Is that even a thing?)

A: I will say I tried using it when I first moved there. I went Mummering. Look it up — basically it’s when you dress up in disguise at Christmas and go door to door forcing your way into houses, stealing their food and drink, singing songs then you kidnap someone from that house and continue on down the road. It wasn’t as well received in East L.A.

Q: Three reasons the entire city of Calgary should be at The YYComedy Festival Gala on Saturday night, space permitting? I’ll settle for two reasons. One. I’m easy.

A: Because scientists have said that this might be the highest concentration of funny ever put on a stage in Calgary ever. And I will be showing some of the greatest Hate Tweets I have ever gotten after doing a sketch called “Beige power” at the show.
Q: Root beer or Dr. Pepper Slurpee?
A: Jaysus — water please. Or tequila on the rocks with a little lime and lemon.
The YYComedy Festival Gala takes place Saturday night at the Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets and info can be found on YYComedy’s website. Mummering.

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at