Jeremy Hotz brought his specific type of X-rated humor to an audience of well over 200 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre on Nov. 23.
Ottawa native Hotz has been performing comedy since 1984, starting a Yuk Yuks’ comedy club when it was in its early stages and from there he has become an international sensation, performing at comedy festivals all around the world from Just for Laughs to the Latenight Show with David Letterman.
He kept the jokes and laughter flowing from start to finish, interacting with random members of the audience and poking fun at himself and at them.
One special person in attendance was his mother Melane Hotz, who spoke briefly with the Times before the show. When asked what she thought of her son’s success she replied “It’s special, I’m always astounded with what comes out of his mouth.”
First-year bachelor of public safety student Angelina Lourenco found Hotz extremely personable.
“I think it was really funny, really relate-able even though there is a really big age gap, but because of the family I grew up in I related to a lot of what he was saying.
“The fact that he says he has general anxiety disorder makes me feel less bad about wanting to do comedy; the fact that he has it and is doing stand-up is really motivational.”
First-year child and youth worker Jerrard Desomeaus had a different opinion of what he thought of the show.
“The jokes were kind of landing, (but) his content on YouTube and his performance tonight were the exact same. I wish there was a little more originality in the jokes.”
Hotz’s tour continues for the rest of the year in the U.S before coming back to Canada for much of 2019.
This event was being live filmed for his upcoming DVD release.