Stephane Rousseau is best known in Canada as a stand-up comedian and singer - and is sometimes dubbed the Brad Pitt
of comedy -- only making his feature film debut as an actor earlier this year in Louis Saia's Les Dangereux
. He began his career in cabarets and clubs when he was only 13, and toured Quebec accompanied by his mentor, the legendary Romeo Perusse, who noticed Stephane in a cabaret act. Trained in improvisation and inspired by American stand-up comics, he then made his stage debut in 1992 at the Theatre Saint-Denis in a solo act. Over the next two years, more than 300,000 people saw his popular show.
In 1993, Rouseeau won the Felix Award for Best Show - Humour. A year later, he won a Double Platinum Ticket for the same show, selling more than lo o,ooo tickets, which he repeated in 2000 for his third solo show. He also garnered two Olivier Awards for his third show. Since then, Rousseau has participated in the comedy festival at Montreaux, Switzerland and was part of Celine Dion's mega-show at the Molson Centre. In 2001, he took over the Parisian club, Le Bataclan, where he performed 50 shows.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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