In 2007, Eman El-Husseini came up with the idea of starting a BEST OF OPEN MIC competition, hence BOOM. The idea was to bring about an exciting and yet simple concept to Montreal’s open mic scene. A competition that would feature the best of open mic’ers of the month. And so it began, and overtime BOOM, Montreal’s Best of Open Mic comedy show, became very popular and hundreds of Comedians participated in this competition. They attended the regular open mics at the old Comedyworks in order to be able to qualify for BOOM, which took place the last Sunday of each month. Two comedians were chosen each week by the audience members of the open mic to compete at BOOM and on the last Sunday of each month the winner of BOOM was selected by two comedy industry judges and received various prizes at the end of the show and a weekend guest-spot at the comedy club.
With the closure of BOOM’s host comedy club in June of 2014, so came an abrupt stop to BOOM’s production. It was not until February of 2015 where BOOM found a new home at Yuk Yuk’s Montreal and a new co-producer, Ali Mohammadi.
The founder of BOOM, Eman, who now resides in New York City, has racked up an impressive list of credits. Travelling across Canada, the U.S and the Middle East she covers a wide range of topics. She has been featured in major Canadian newspapers such as The National Post, The Toronto Star and The Montreal Gazette. She has also appeared on CTV, Comedy Network, iChannel and CBC’s Strombo, and The Debaters. She has performed at Comedy Festivals in Montreal, Boston, Charleston, Halifax and Amman in Jordan. She has also performed at New York Arab American Comedy Festivals and Just For Laughs Festival in 2010, 2012 and 2017.
As of August 2017, and with the permanent closure of Yuk Yuk’s Montreal in early 2016, BOOM has been re-branded into the BOOM show, a bi-weekly Pro/Am comedy show performed at Peroni’s Bar and produced by the ComedyVille, in association with ItMattersProductions.
The last production of the original BOOM was in March of 2016.