August 2018

Canadian Comedy Star and one of the nicest people in Comedy, Mr. Gavin Stephens & his lovely wife Lesia lost EVERYTHING they own to a devastating house fire!!!

They and the pets made it out safely, but the house and its contents were entirely destroyed.

Though they had insurance, it is going to take a while to kick in and will not cover the value of everything.

As they would be the first to jump in and help any one of us, lets show them how much we love them! Let’s help them re-build their lives.

Press Release July 23, 2018

David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to be joining forces with Norm Shaw and Cassius Morris hosts of Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or

Starting on Wednesday July 25, 2018 and every 4th Wednesday of the month moving forward will be devoted to promoting Canadian, US and International comics. The full two- hour show which is live Wednesdays at Midnight Edmonton time [2am Toronto time] will be an interview to profile that month’s comic.

Norm, Cassius, and David are committed to spotlighting a mix of comedy legends and up-and-comers in the Canadian Comedy Scene, as well as US and International comedians.

Comic Jenius:

Comic Jenius, our show is 12 ½ years old. Comic Jenius has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award twice, and in 2015 (at the time) co-host Lars Callieou and Norm Shaw were voted best Independent Radio DJs in Edmonton by Vue Weekly’s Best Of Edmonton Awards. Our home is CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or around the world. We have a large listener base in Edmonton and area, as well as Australia, USA, South Africa and the UK.

The Comedy Green Room:

David Reuben started The Comedy Green Room in 2001 with the mandate to promote Canadian, US, and International Comedy. As a producer of The Hogtown Comedy Festival, Judge on The Great Canadian Laff Off, and adviser to many US Comedy Festivals, Mr. Reuben continues to promote Canadian Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have grace the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by and produced by David Reuben.

To be considered for a profile on Comic Jenius please e-mail: Please include your contact information.

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Neil Rhodes Goodbye Show @ ein-stein August 5th Host Ruby. Featuring Blair Streeter, Sarah Boston, Carrie Eklund, Jennifer McAuliffe, Terry Clement, Dave Shuken and Neil Rhodes. Sign in at 7:30pm and Show Starts at 8pm 229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein August 12th Host Marc Hallworth. Featuring Darcia Armstrong, Ryan Sim, George Burgess, Peter Fraser, Cathy MacPherson and special guests TBA. Sign in at 7:30pm and Show Starts at 8pm 229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein August 19th No Show

229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein August 26th Host Ruby. Featuring Mark Korakianitis, Mubeen Subhani, Valilis Glezakos, Jimmy England and special guests Andrew Cholfe & TBA Sign in at 7:30pm and Show Starts at 8pm 229 College Street in Toronto.

Kenny Robinson and the Nubian Disciples of Pryor: August 26th at 8:30 pm... Yuk Yuk’s Downtown 224 Richmond W. in Toronto, ON 416.967.6425. Mention you found out about this event on

Comedy Monday Night in Calgary Alberta

Every Monday Night; at 8pm @ Broken City 613-11 Ave. SW. in Calgary, AB James Moore presents Western Canada’s longest running open mic where amateur, professional and first time comedians gather. For more information visit Mention you found out about this event on

The Canadian Comedy Community

This Page is for Comics, Comedy Clubs and Producers in Canada to post their shows, events and availability. Let’s bring Canada together in Comedy All Canadian Events Welcome. No Bullying.

New Shows from my funny friends Cleve Jones & Victoria Stewart

Comedy Bar 945 Bloor St. W in Toronto ON The Dock on Queen St. 932 Queen

St. E in Toronto

Comedy Animation:

Ms. Jordyn Shapiro has just completed a comedy animation titled "Ruby The Darkest Mind in Comedy. Check out this talent artist work at

Comedy Spotlight on Big Daddy Tazz

“Tazz showed me that we owe comedy; comedy doesn't owe us. To be on stage having people enjoy our craft is the gift and we are blessed to be able to do it.” Jim McNally

"Big Daddy Tazz is a true legend. An icon. A beautiful and kind man, but most importantly: an extremely funny and brilliant comedian. I have not lived in Canada very long (just over four years). Leaving England and starting my comedy career all over again in a new country was not easy. The best friend I had here in comedy (who was the reason I moved here) took his life over two years ago. So, to meet a man like Tazz shortly after who is so kind and generous with his time but does so much to help those of us and those we know with mental health problems makes him a real hero of mine. I learn from Tazz both comedically and personally. I am somewhat able at this point in my career to decline most offers that come to me and pick and choose where I work. Whenever a gig comes up in Manitoba and it's with Tazz, I am there. And I will be there next week for four shows and I can't wait. We will have fun, we will hug, we will do our jobs well. What else is there in life?" James Mullinger

“Tazz is like a 4th generation maple tapper. He just turns the handle and instantly the collective Canadian laughter pours out. Also, he loves syrup.” Lara Rae

“I've known Tazz for 25 years and I've seen him perform hundreds of times. I'm constantly blown away by his ability to connect with any audience, from small and rural to huge glitzy corporate galas. His presence onstage is so accessible and likeable and compelling. He's also incredibly quick and sharp and nimble and funny, not to mention emotionally honest and vulnerable in his comedy. It's almost not fair how damn good he his.” Dean Jenkinson

“Tazz has a heart bigger than all of outdoors and he wear’s it on his sleeve. One of the most natural likeable comedians I have ever met. Folks just like him. He is the king of Winnipeg; On and off stage.” Tim Nutt

“To call someone who works as hard as Tazz does a man with problems is to wish those problems upon oneself. And I would have told Tazz the same thing, but he never shut up long enough for me to get it in. A beautiful man who should spend more time seeing his own beauty.” John Wing

“I've watched Tazz grow from a raw rookie to one of the best in the country. No other comic has the compassion, empathy and healing comedic chops. I have learned much from working with him. Proud to call him my friend.” Kenny Robinson

“When you think of Tazz, you immediately think guy with a big heart. He always has a-lot love for everybody. We are in a business where that isn’t always the case. Super funny guy which is overshadowed by him being a good person, I’ve never seen him have a bad show.” Kelly Taylor

“This man is funny and Canadian, man what a great combo!” Phil Hartman

Sometimes a picture does say what a thousand words could not, in the case of Big Daddy Tazz the picture above and the words match. Tazz Norris is one of the most beloved stand-up comics in Canada. I recently planned to have a half hour phone conversation with BDT and it turned into two hours of tears and laughs.

So how did Tim Norris become Big Daddy Tazz in Comedy and the "Bipolar Buddha" from his devotion to helping people with mental illness. It has been a long hard road with lots for bumps and bruises along the way, but BDT has come out on top and became the person he always wanted to be; according to BDT “now I use my hands to hug and not hit.”

Tim Norris was born in Regina Saskatchewan, raised mainly in Saskatoon and spent summers on a farm near Osler Saskatchewan. Both Tim’s father and uncle John were great story tellers; Tazz remembers “I loved watching my dad bullshit with the family and laugh. He had such a great smile and big booming laugh. He's gone now, and my heart has tears missing that laugh. He was a legit tough guy. Had a hard life, (harder than I could have ever imagined I found out later) people were scared of him.”

Young Tim would sneak downstairs and watch The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Around 8 years old Tim saw Dean Martin get a laugh from Johnny Carson and Tim found his calling in life. It was Tim’s aunt Elsie who devilishly encouraged Tim to be silly and tell jokes much to the pretend chagrin of his mother. Some of BDT fondest memories are of standing centre stage in an Export Plain Players Light smoke-filled living room telling jokes (most of which he had no idea why they were funny) that I had read or heard on Carson.

“I was a stand-up junkie, I couldn't get enough of comedy. The Alan Hammel Show or The Allan Thicke Show, Funny Farm, a weird game show called The Jokes on Us (with Monty Hall hosting and Nipsy Russel, Arte Johnson and such) The Gong Show whatever I could emerge myself in comedy wise but my all-time fav to this day is and will always be the Carol Burnett! Tim Conway and Harvey Korman were like gods to me. Tim especially.”

Two other favorites were Dick Van Dyke who had young Tim laughing so hard that he would fall off the couch. But, BDT’s all-time idol is Dean Martin and he loved watching The Dean Martin Roasts. Tazz remembers; “I realized you could make a living being funny when I saw footage of Dean Martin's cars and mansion, it was eye opening and awe inspiring.”

While his career path was carved out early in life, the rest of Tim’s childhood was not easy. “I was an emotional child (and fully grew into an emotional adult) I couldn't keep still, I made jokes and lied a lot to try to make friends. I'd get furious at the drop of a hat, in-proportionally emotional and then want to harm myself because I was so sorry for my actions. So incredibly sorry. (This action carried itself through my life and still rears its dog head even today) This seemed to emerge after I suffered a head injury as a child, I often wonder if the two were and are connected. I found humour would help me be accepted on some level. Well let me clarify it made me feel like I was being accepted. Make me laugh they'll leave you alone. Make me laugh they'll want you to be their friend. Make me laugh spend Math class in the hallway.”

BDT knew he was odd duck in school, or a Rhino amongst the ducks early on his life. “My big thick glasses along with my awkward chubbiness helped me stand out and pointed a huge Warner Bros Neon blinking arrow straight at me.” And trouble started to rear its ugly head, but some of it was hereditary and some was learned behavior. “I got a lot of things from my dad. His stature, his outrageous temper, his mental health challenges but also his quick wit, big smile and booming laughter. Some of my best memories are laughing with him at the Looney Tunes cartoons. I often wish I knew about his past when he was alive, so I could have related to him better. Instead of hurling insults and left crosses.”

At the beginning of BDT’s comedy career being on the road was hard for Tim, he was lonely, and this would cause his mental health issues to creep up. His ex-wife Shelley remembers; “Tim was gone 3 or 4 weeks at a time. In those days he cared more for strangers then he did for family. When I was pregnant with our son Joshua Tim was on a long BC run. Today he is a very different person, humble, more opened and his life revolves around his family.” Joshua, Shelley, and wife Christie say that the biggest benefactor of the change in Big Daddy Tazz is his younger son Khyler. Tazz spends a lot of quality time with Khyler as he grows up. Time, he missed with Joshua because of being on the road and having to deal daily with mental health issues.

His oldest son Joshua concurs; “I remember when I was 5 or 6 years old my dad was always driving out of town in his Honda Civic Hatchback. In the summers, I got to go on Road Trips with dad to Saskatoon and Regina. I went to a Regina Motel with dad so often that the staff let me run around the place. But, my younger brother Khyler gets to send more daily time with my dad, fishing and working on the classic car collection.”

BDT’s sister Melissa remembers; “My brother was always funny and annoying to his little sister, it was obvious that Tim was having a hard time in school as he was a troublemaker and smart ass. When I went into high school, I found out about his reputation, and it made it difficult for me to date. He always took care of the underdogs, and I am proud of the man he has become.”

So, how did Tim Norris face his demons and come out the other side a much better person. His ex-wife Shelley pushed him to seek professional help. BDT went for help and was diagnosed as being bipolar. At first, he was ashamed of having a mental health issue to deal with. He was diagnosed at age 27 but did not seek treatment for 7 years. In 2001, he finally spoke about his illness, and it has been full steam ahead ever since then.

“My show has gone from over the top Dirty to Squeaky Clean. It had to if I wanted to do corporates and TV. If I wanted this to be a business. I have grown as a human, I stopped drinking and dealt with my anger, hate and mental health. I started talking about my struggles with my mental health almost 20 years ago when it wasn't fashionable. Part of the change was coming to terms with my mental illnesses, becoming peaceful with myself, forgiving myself. A big part of that was my heart attack and two failed marriages.

My first heart attack set me on my ass, made me feel vulnerable for the first time ever. I decided to make more changes, some of them stuck some of them lead to the second heart attack. The birth of my boys helped change who I was as well.”

Today Big Daddy Tazz is a happy man and at the top of his profession. Now most gigs are flown to, and he comes right home. There is more family time with his children and wife Christie. As Christie says; “success in Canadian Comedy means we still eat Macaroni and Cheese, but now we can afford the Kraft Brand.”

In 2016, Big Daddy Tazz was one of five people nominated for “Our Manitoba Heroes”, an initiative that recognizes ordinary people who do extraordinary things. “Being recognized for the hero award for my community work was such a grand honour. I was in such lovely company with past honourees. My family was so very proud, and it stands as in of my favourite accomplishments.”

His eldest son Joshua puts the award in perceptive; “Dad and I were out to dinner one night and a guy who I went to high school came over to the table and said our dinner has been paid for. This person had seen one of my dad’s talks on mental health and it saved his life.”

Big Daddy Tazz is one of the most recognizable people in Manitoba. His yearly charity event is sold out. His comedy shows are successful and motivational speeches are standing room only. You cannot miss him in the Anti-Bullying Machine rapped in Pink, Purple, and Teal with kid’s signatures all over the truck. Tim Norris has Paid it Forward! He is living his childhood dream and helping others.

“According to BDT’s buddy Doug, who works on restoring Tazz’s car collection; the only issue with the Anti-Bullying Machine is that when we are out in one of his classic cars kids come running up to Tazz and want to sign the car.”

An avid classic car collector, however, the 1962 Galaxie Sunliner the King Pin of the collection. Tazz states; “the Sunliner is the car that started it all, when I became clean and sober and responsible for my mental health, I promised myself I could buy a classic car and this one will be with me forever.”

If you see Big Daddy Tazz at a show, speech or driving around Manitoba, stop and say hi. You will get a big hug and maybe a ride in his car. And remember Laughter is the best Medicine!

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This & That:

Stage Time Magazine: David Reuben, president of, would like to thank Tasha A. Harris of Stage Time Magazine for doing the excellent article on The Comedy Green Room. Check it out by visiting or

New Book:

Help! My Feelings are sticking out of my gown! An expressive therapeutic workbook created for chronic illness, medical or physically challenged children and young adolescents. Author Maurie Shapiro-Comenzo, PhD Co-Author/illustrator Jordyn Shapiro. For more information visit

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Charity Work:

The Comedy Green Room is proud to be aligned with these two wonderful charities.

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David Reuben, President of The Comedy Green Room is pleased to announce the redesign of

I would like to thank Ms. Skylar Hart for her hard work and dedication for on taking on this redesign project.

Skylar Hart is a passionate, incredibly hardworking person with many talents and interests in a variety of industries.

​She's been fortunate to collaborate with many leading companies in television and film production in New York City for television shows and live events.

​She has diversified her direction to include Branding, Social Media, Marketing, Web Design, Video Producing, Editing and Photography for various companies, profit and non-profit organizations.

​When she's not behind the camera, she's an actor and petite model!

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Kenny Robinson & Darren Frost Present: Rank N Vile

Misters Robinson and Frost combine their talents for a fun night of XXX Rated Comedy. Click on the link below to find out where they will be next. Mention you found out about this event on

New Book!!

"You Can Do Anything"

Part memoir, part pep talk, Boris Chernaiks " You Can Do Anything" charts an incredible story from a three-time immigrant child wearing hand-me-down socks from the poor box to international renown performing for Royalty in the Middle East. For full book review visit:

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Best Before!

The Comedy Green Room’s lovely and talented friend Ms. Kate Davis and her collaborator Ms. Kelly Fanson were finalist in the 2016 Stand Up & Pitch [Just For Laughs 2016] for their web series “Best Before”.

Kate Davis is a twelve-time nominee (for Best Female Standup as well as for the prestigious Phil Hartman Award) at the Canadian Comedy Awards. She is also the star of her own hour-long CTV/The Comedy Network special, Comedy Now. Kate Davis was the first female comic chosen to be on and a multiple time “Comic of The Week”.

Kelly Fanson is an acclaimed actor and voice performer, with writing, producing and directing credits. Along with optioning screenplays she has directed theatre for The Toronto Fringe Festival.

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Toronto residents Kelly Fanson, left, and Kate Davis have created a comedy web series inspired by their lives called ‘Best Before,’ aimed at the 40-something audience.

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Some Exciting News:

The prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2017 winners, and Canadian Songwriters did extremely well this year, with four First Place wins, three Third Place, and a staggering 39 Honorable Mentions! To find out who won visit:

Yuk Yuk’s has partnered with the Super Channel (Canadian premium cable satellite television) to present the “Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Concert Series” 6 comedy specials. Monthly from April to September. For More information visit:


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