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Stand Up Against Cancer
Get ready to laugh and learn at our upcoming event on November 24 in partnership with The Second City Training Centre. In honour of breast cancer awareness, listen to breast cancer survivors sharing their emotional and authentic stories of battling cancer. Local Toronto comedians will then perform during the rest of the night to keep you entertained and a portion of the funds raised will go to Rethink Breast Cancer. Food and drink available for purchase at the venue.
This event is a tribute to FemEvolve’s founder’s aunt, Bibi Pamela Deen Manbodh, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016 just three weeks after being diagnosed, demonstrating how powerful prevention knowledge truly is.
*All funds raised will be donated in memory of Bibi, as part of the Bibi Pamela Deen Manbodh Fund that FemEvolve will continue to support during future events.
Comedy Host: Salma Hindy
Salma Hindy is a Clinical Engineering Masters graduate from the University of Toronto. She has opened for Maz Jobrani, performed at Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, the Stand Up Round Up Fest in Dallas and the Chicago Women Funny Fest. Salma has been featured on the CBC, Globe and Mail, CityNews and in various magazines and podcasts. Salma came in 2nd place out of over 400 comedians at the Toronto Comedy Brawl competition this year. The only terrorism Salma partakes in is shooting down stereotypes on stage.
Headliner: Joze Piranian
Joze Piranian is a TEDx speaker, and a polyglot stutterer – he speaks 6 languages and stutters in all of them! He has performed comedy at the Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan, the Laugh Factory in Chicago and Comedy Nest in Montreal among other venues. Joze has completed his stand-up training at Second City in Toronto, where the exposure to the ‘science and art’ of joke writing immediately blew his mind – he was hooked. Channeling his (at times obsessive) observational framework and active imagination towards generating material has been the source of immense cerebral joy. Joze also jokes about having a stutter – it has been a hilariously cathartic experience for him!
Zain Ali is a 28-year old comic who finds humour in the little things, and not just because he’s 5’5. His interests include sports, TV shows, and pretending to read on the subway to seem sophisticated. Born in Pakistan, but raised in Toronto, he has curated his unique perspective on life into stand-up comedy that critics describe as “who is this and how did you get my e-mail?”
Jialu Wang is a fourth-year engineering student who used to want to go to grad school but now just wants to tell jokes for the rest of her life. She’s a fairly new comic who started doing stand-up a year ago in August 2017, a month before she turned 20.
In the short time she’s been doing stand-up, Jialu has performed on various stages and shows across the city such as the So Fresh n So Clean Comedy Show, Yas Kween, and SHADE. She’s recently started producing and hosting her own stand-up show called “What Are You Doing After You Graduate?,” which sold out its first run at the Comedy Bar. Just this year, Jialu’s performed at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.
When she’s not doing stand-up or math proofs, Jialu’s busy reading the Wikipedia pages of more famous comedians as well as googling lists of famous and successful college dropouts. Honestly, she’s just trying her best.
Nick Bowmik is a first generation Canadian stand-up comedian. Nick moved to Toronto to pursue stand-up comedy and joined The Second City program in early 2016 doing his first show on March 4th. Genres he focuses on include observational comedy, improvisational comedy, Black comedy and political satire. He mentions in multiple cases, “It was either between therapy or stand-up and the choice was pretty obvious.”
Location: The Second City Training Centre, John Candy Box Theatre, 99 Blue Jays Way (3rd Floor), Toronto
Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.
4:00-4:30 p.m.: Networking
4:30-5:00 p.m.: Breast cancer survivor stories
5:15-6:30 p.m.: Stand up performances, closing remarks
NOTE: This event is 19+ due to the subject matter in the stand-up performances.
This event will be filmed/photographed throughout the night. Please let us know when you arrive at the venue if you are not comfortable with being photographed/videotaped.
*Less than 55 tickets are available for purchase – Be sure to get your tickets early!
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