The year 2020 will undoubtedly have changed the life of comedian Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais. Present – and effective – on all the stands, either on TV (Bye Bye 2020, No hard feelings, Star Académie), on the radio (The Fantastic) and on the web (his songs have accumulated millions of views), the comedian however confides having difficulty “fully savoring” his extraordinary rise in the current context.
Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais points out that in January 2020, he had at most 15,000 subscribers on his Facebook page and that currently, he has 122,000.
“In 2020, there were surprisingly many positive cases,” he told the Newspaper, a few hours before participating in the Gala ComediHa! of Bleu Jeans Bleu, Wednesday, at the Capitole de Québec.
“I have a hard time savoring it fully,” he explains. It’s hard to say “Yes, admit that 2020 was nice for me ”, while there are people who have sick or deceased relatives. Morally, it is difficult, even for me. It’s not 100% jojo, but at the professional level, it’s positive, that’s for sure. “
A meteoric rise
It all started in March. Seeing that everyone “rushed” on social networks because of the confinement, he began to write, with his accomplice, the comedian David Beaucage, short songs about his reality as a self-employed worker that made a splash : Crazy music videos now have millions of views. Two albums even saw the light of day on Spotify.
But it’s the ritornello It is bad, launched in August, which “changed everything”. A snub to the famous “it’s going to be fine”, imbued with irony and a certain letting go.
“The reaction was instantaneous,” he says. I knew I had touched something, as if I had just burst an abscess. For me, too, it was liberating to do so. I still get messages, for example from people who work in a hospital who tell me that it is their anthem and that they listen to it every day. “
Then, when at the end of September he announced a small tour in theaters, “there are shows that sold out in one day, he says. I used to make them small rooms before, but it took me months to fill them. “
“I don’t realize it yet”
Another significant impact: he was asked to write the opening song of what will ultimately be the most watched show in Quebec history, the Bye Bye 2020. A consecration?
“Really,” he exclaims. At the beginning, Simon Olivier Fecteau wrote to me because he wanted me to do It is bad. After a week or two, they asked me if I had an original song instead. With David [Beaucage], we wrote the song and they tripped. I learned a month later that it was going to be the opening. Looks like I don’t realize it yet. “
If the millennials knew him thanks to the web, Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais is delighted that a new public discovered him that evening. “It confirmed to people that I’m not just a ti-coune who makes cossins on the internet, but how funny I am. “
A show almost ready
In an ideal world, 2021 will finally be, for the comedian, the “launching pad” for his first one man show. On March 12, he remembers that it was “a day or two” away from starting the break-in.
But he will start writing new issues again in the spring. “It’s been almost a year since we stopped shows. I have changed so much in the past year, personally and as a humorist. We started doing things again shows in September, and already, I felt better after taking a break. “
In the meantime, he continues to explore what is available to him on TV, radio, and the web. “All these mediums interest me,” he confides. Where I can make jokes, I’ll go ! Eventually I would like to do musicals and movies. And the only common denominator of all these projects is that it will never be serious! ”