The first is from him since the monster success talk show Pandemic, the humor of Justin Bieber from Quebec (in the sense that everyone tears it up). The second was in the 1990s rock star from long-running anecdote, multiplying stunts and marathon shows. Meeting between Mathieu Dufour, who offers the Bell Center on July 23, and Jean-Marc Parent, for whom the Forum was once a second living room.

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Mathieu Dufour enters the Bell Centre’s huge dressing room with his agent and, with enthusiasm bordering on excitement, immediately begins talking about “Céline’s square toilets”, a sink that would have been installed at the star’s request.

A few seconds later, without really understanding how it all happened, the representative of your favorite newspaper finds himself in front of a square toilet in the company of Jean-Marc Parent and Math Duff.

“When I first came here, everyone thought I was weird and said, ‘Hi, I want to see Celine’s square loo,'” says the 27-year-old comedian, who speaks with the intensity of someone who put Red Bull in his Toilet stuck cereal.

Review by evenko, Celine Dion has never made a princely request for a toilet. “Prior to one of her visits, there was an artist’s dressing room renovation, but it wasn’t her wish,” explains Christine Montreuil, director of media relations, in an email she probably never thought she’d ever write from his life would have to.

So it’s just an urban legend. But that’s not the main thing. The essence lies in this fascination that the Bell Center exerts on the Quebec imagination. Fascination that he himself exerts in his toilets.

A coupon sleight of hand

Early 1990s: While attending a show by Celine Dion (her again!) at the Théâtre du Forum, Jean-Marc Parent was surprised that the diva’s interventions were so well captured. “I’m watching Lapin at the console [Yves Aucoin, éclairagiste de l’humoriste et de la chanteuse] and I said to her, “We hear her good when she talks, Celine, han?” He thought I was weird. I just had an idea. »


Jean Marc Parent

On September 24-25, 1993, Jean-Marc Parent became the first Quebec comedian to rent the Sainte-Flanelle home, three years after Andrew Dice Clay became the first comedian to populate New York’s Madison Square Garden. Eleven more will follow, plus two dates later at the Molson Centre.

“It was a terrible roll of the dice,” he recalls while sitting on one of the comfortable sofas in the Bell Center’s box where Mathieu Dufour will be waiting on July 23. For his part, the veteran will be at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier this evening for a new edition of The JMP event.

I had raised $80,000 through companies to buy advertising. But actually I saved half a million on advertising because it was one sleight of hand. That’s how I built myself. Except that I could have pissed myself so badly.

Jean Marc Parent

“But, but, but,” he hastily adds, under the watchful eye of Mathieu Dufour, “it’s nice to make one sleight of hand, you must be good. If you’re not good, your sleight of hand fall into the water. Another piece of advice from his elder: “You have to fill the scene. I won’t name anyone but I saw them do the same decor here as they did in St-Denis. »

Being good and showing off is what the Prince of Quebec’s comedic Instagram is all about. If Jean-Marc Parent’s staging strategy of his time was “empty solotech” (a rental of lighting and sound equipment), Mathieu Dufour has attended dozens of shows at the Bell Center to borrow their most dazzling ideas from the FM band’s heroes .

“What I am presenting is not a comedian at the Bell Centre. What I present is a chalice of star he says and waves his index finger in the air, in a tone between (false) vanity and self-irony, his mouth full of juicy rolled “r”.

“I want to get out of a trapdoor in the floor. i will have one one piece in diamonds that I had made to measure. »

A big spaghetti meal

As with JMP, Mathieu Dufour’s art is largely based on his inability not to say out loud the crazy plans that pop into his head. That’s when his show rona virus reaches 15,000 spectators, more or less the number of seats in the amphitheater in one of its usual configurations, that joke – the Bell Center! – finds his own wings.


Mathieu Dufour

“We started naming it and that got people excited,” recalls the man who piloted his talk show on Instagram to end the long hours of the first wave of COVID-19. “As soon as I had a good guest, people would say, ‘You invite him back to the Bell Centre.’ At first I wanted to make a spaghetti dinner, but I found a 15,000 spaghetti dinner a bit intense because I was afraid I’d run out of sauce.”

However, the winner of Olivier for COVID artist of the year in 2021 refuses to see any manifestation of boldness in this event.

I don’t see it that way Offal, nope I feel like it’s the normal course of things.

Mathieu Dufour

“Obviously doing the Bell Center is a bit dizzy, but if you bring it back to my career, it would be stupid for me to go into rooms of 200 people when we’re selling 6,000 tickets in two hours,” when this happened last November. Over 12,000 tickets have now been sold, out of a possible 14,000.

“And that’s the beauty of it. You don’t come here just to sell 2000 tickets,” chains Jean-Marc, a nice arrow shot at some of his colleagues, who have climbed onto the prestigious stage in front of not-so-large audiences, rather to boast that they met at the Bell Center only because their popularity called for such an enclosure. “You play here because you can really attract all these people. »

Math promises an experience that will begin as soon as he walks through the turnstiles, although, true to his habit, he won’t choose the stories around which to stitch his impromptu monologues until morning. “It won’t just be me with a follow site. I’ll be Celine Dion tonight, no matter! »

His only concern? The intensity of the laughter of so many people. Jean-Marc warns him. “You have to buckle up. When the wave goes, you step back. It’s a wicked beautiful wave. »

Mathieu Dufour, July 23 at the Bell Center

The JMP eventJuly 22nd and 23rd at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

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