September 2019

Comedy Spotlight: Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe

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“I’m a big fan of Jen’s. She’s smart, fearless and not afraid to do jokes about dead people.”

-- Steve Patterson

"Jennifer McAuliffe is the hardest working most prolific writer I know. She is funny, kind and very supportive of her peers. She's authentic, raw, unapologetic and stunning on stage. No one puts in their 10,000 hours towards greatness like Jen."

-- Cathryn Naiker

“Jennifer has a real natural charisma, on and offstage, that shines through in her performance and really endears her with the audience. It’s really difficult not to like her immediately. On top of that, she’s genuinely funny and clever, which makes it also easy to envy her.”

-- Ward Anderson

David Reuben, the author, went to a Saturday Night Open-Mic about eight and a half years ago in a small independent coffee shop in the Dundas and Dufferin area of Toronto. Like most open mic shows in any city there were some experience comics and some newbies. One of the newbies was a young female comic who had great stage presence and was starting to get some heat in the open-mic circuit in Toronto. After talking to Jennifer McAuliffe, I found out she worked very hard and loved the art form of comedy.

The author invited Ms. McAuliffe to come down to Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle’s Sunday Night Comedy show in the College and Spadina area of Toronto. Einstein’s is a very tough comedy room that has been running for 23 years and has a regular audience following. Many young comics will try the room and find it too difficult because of the room’s setup and the free pool on Sundays.

However, Jennifer McAuliffe is one tough young lady and took the challenge of winning over the Ein-Stein’s crowd and forcing the pool players to stop playing and listening to her set. During the next 7 years Jennifer went from a short set of 5 minutes to becoming the shows closer for 25 minutes and a regular rotating host of the show.

Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe took the advantage of weekly spots to hone a stage persona and improved the writing in her act. Jennifer became a fixture on the Toronto Comedy Scene and hit the stage almost every night of the week. In the last few years, Ms. McAuliffe has broadened her horizons into the rest of Canada and started to get exposure in the USA. In fact, Jennifer now divides her time between living in Toronto and New York City. Hogtown’s loss is the Big Apples gain.

2018 was a big year for this talented comic, writer and actress. Jennifer wrote for “Just For Laughs” in the summer of 2018, followed that up with writing for “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and recorded her first comedy album.

Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe was born and raised in downtown Toronto. She states; “I have a large Irish Catholic family and my parents had the attitude that if one of us took Piano Lessons, we all took piano lessons.” Jennifer gets her wit and humour from her parents. Ms. McAuliffe reminisces about her childhood; My whole family is very smart and acerbic. My dad is particularly funny, he has a spicy retort and an exaggerated look for everything. My mom is pretty farcical, she’s always getting into scrapes, it was like having Lucy Ball in the minivan. A high school teacher told me that she’d love to come over to dinner at our house and hear the conversation, it must be like an episode of Frasier. I think you always think your own family is the standard.”

After high school, Jennifer got a “real job” saved her money and bought a Condo in downtown Toronto. A few years later this painfully shy young lady was looking for a way to get out for her shell and decided to take Dawn Witwells Comedy Girl class, at the Comedy Bar in Toronto. Jennifer McAuliffe’s comedy journey officially started on December 9, 2010 with her first set as part of the graduation ceremony for the Comedy Girl class and her first open mic was at Sportsters Bar on the Danforth in the heart of Greetown in Toronto.

Jennifer remembers; “I did my first set as part of Dawn Witwells Comedy Girl class, at Comedy Bar. It went well but I blacked out with stage fright. All I remember is the bright white light and the laughter.” Her large Irish Catholic family support her unconventional career choice even as Jenner says; “Although at first, they thought I would only talk about them and expose their secrets to outsiders. Keeping secrets and being ashamed is very important to Irish people.”

The road to Canadian Comedy success is long and winding and many long nights at open mics, terrible car trips, gas station food and as Jennifer says in her act “being paid in Ginger Ale”. Yet, Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe has persisted and paid her dues. The day job and Condo are long gone being replace by an unlivable ex-crack house in Hamilton ON. Home is a basement room in her father’s house, but sacrifices have to be made to follow your dream.

“I get to live at my Dad’s for free, which, as a woman of an undisclosable age, isn’t great for my self-esteem but is a way to save the energy I’d otherwise have to spend working a day job to pay rent. I can hustle how I do, and I do, cause my 70-year-old dad will act like he loves the company of me living in his basement and never retire. He better not.”

Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe is starting to succeed in a very tough profession, and she has performed at comedy festivals throughout the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, which is the biggest comedy Festival in the world. Performed at Accidental Comedy Festival, and SheDevil in New York City. Not surprisingly, Jennifer holds Guinness book of world record for the Broken Record Festival in Nashville Tennessee.

Through all this hard-earned success, Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe has maintained her sharp self-deprecating wit. “I used to be painfully shy. I’m sure if I wasn't a comedian with late nights and all this travel and uncertainty I’d be married and have children and a dog. I wouldn't be sleeping on my dad’s couch tonight, battling pneumonia for the third time this year. Bet you thought I’d say something nice, huh?”

Jennifer McAuliffe has become a Social Media Influencer; she states “Social media is a 24 hour a day, global, open mic. You can try jokes, get seen by the right people, get death threats, indecent photos, and job offers. What a world! I would guess I spend at least 10 minutes every hour I am awake on the internet. It's how I’ve been scouted and its how people know I’m a good joke writer. I wrote 5-10 jokes a day until people started to notice. You have to let people find you for what you want to be known for.”

Ms. McAuliffe was scouted on Social Media for two of the biggest comedy jewels in Canadian Show Business.” Being a Writer for JFL and This Hour Has 22 minutes has been nothing short of a dream come true. To have all the structure of a job, with the long creative leash of those two particular shows was honestly something I hold dear to my heart. It has validated me in a way I can explain to people outside the business.”

As any workaholic knows sometimes your passion takes over your life and Jenner work’s 20 hours a day as a comic, writer and actress. “I have very poor work-life balance. I get up and write, and don’t stop. I have half a million unfinished scripts and assignments and I play Russian Roulette with deadlines. If it’s on my calendar, I’ll figure out a way to finish it. Sometimes I’ll put my head down too much and my stand up will suffer. I need to do it all, every day, or I get rusty. Right now, I’m still sick, so I’m rusty, but I’m writing.” Getting run down is a theme in Canadian Comedy as we all try to grab the brass ring and it takes it tole. As Jennifer commented at our recent coffee meeting; You can’t put make-up on lungs.”

This comedy dynamo tries to be on the road at least 6 months a year and she is a fan of anarchist British comedy, but her style is more point of view, slice of life, wordplay stuff mixed in with a dose of self-depreciation. Jennifer comments on touring; “I’ve performed for the Troops, opened for Liza Treyger, and worked with all the best in Canada. I think I was most impressed with Laurie Kilmartin and Deb DiGiovani. The amount of punchlines they can squeeze in a set—you’d think it would collapse under its own weight.”

These days Jennifer has a full schedule of comedy shows, a couple of independent movies in the can and her million unfinished scripts and assignments on the go. Her first comedy album will be out in late 2019 or early 2020.

The author, David Reuben, could not be prouder of Ms. Jennifer McAuliffe if she was his own daughter. In fact, I guess she is my comedy daughter.

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“I met Jen when we were the only two girls in a novel-writing class full of dudes who wanted to write sci-fi and we both wanted to write kicky beach reads. I am SUCH a huge fan, she is the absolute best on Twitter and when we worked at 22 Minutes together, she wrote jokes that were hilarious and unique while also managing to be very angry at men, which is right up my alley.”

-- Heidi Brander

“I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with Jennifer for at least 8 years! Not only is she a multiple time Groovy award winner and co-host, she is also one of the best hosts I’ve ever had! She has the tenacity of a rabid meth addicted racoon, she laughs defiantly in the face of the light, comics get 5-7 minutes, but Jenn will take 10 and there’s nothing you can do about it! She’s amazing and has managed to stay the same level of paleness the whole time I’ve known her! Jennifer is the best and hopefully this helps with her parole hearing!”

-- Adrian Sawyer

“A great comic who will only get better. I hope to play her asshole neighbour one day. Or perhaps a pathetic sugar daddy.”

-- Mike Wilmot

International Songwriting Competition

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David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to partners with the International Songwriting Competition ISC

I would like to welcome Mr. Shane Whalen, Director of Marketing, and the staff of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) to The Comedy Green Room Family.

ISC is the world's largest and most prestigious songwriting competition, receiving between 16,000-20,000 entries each year from all over the world in 23 genres of music, including Comedy/Novelty. We accept all types of comedy and novelty entries, including song parodies and stand-up routines (no music). ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to participate in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, as well as be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The 2018 judge panel included: Tom Waits, Adam Lambert, Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, Kane Brown, Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records / Viacom), Carl Caprioglio (Founder & CEO, Oglio Entertainment), and many more.

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 International Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have graced the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by and produced by David Reuben.

The prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2018 winners, To find out who won visit:

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Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or

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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Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein September 8th Host Ruby Featuring: Edworld Kim, Kelly Zemnickis, Raj Singh and Special Guest Norm Shaw. Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein September 15th Host Janice Israeloff: Andrew Brown, Glen Frappier, Mark Peppers, Mitch McBeaudry, Gerald Joyce, Jorgo Zog, Gare Joyce, David Shoalts and Special Guest Mark Hallworth. Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein September 22nd Host Lisa Feingold: Haris Nadeem, Robert M. Tansley, Lewis Moulds, David Foggia, Honey Bennett, and Special Guest David McKimm. Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein September 29th No Show 229 College Street in Toronto.

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Kenny Robinson and the Nubian Disciples of Pryor: September 29th 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

Every Tuesday Night; at 8pm @ Blind Beggar 4608 McLeod Trail S.W. in Calgary, AB Cory Harding presents Western Canada’s Tuesday Night open mic where amateur, professional and first-time comedians gather. For more information contact Cory at To book a spot

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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

Shows from my funny friends Cleve Jones & Victoria Stewart

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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

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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September 23 to 28 2019

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David Reuben, President, of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to welcome the “All Joking Aside” team to The Comedy Green Room Family. I would like to thank Producer, Jon Ornoy, Director, Shannon Kohli, Elizabeth McCarthy and the rest of the “All Joking Aside” team for welcoming The Comedy Green Room to this exciting stand-up project.


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Feature film All Joking Aside follows the struggles of a young woman searching for her voice as a comedian, is launching a crowdfunding effort October 10 to October 31 to raise $30,000 in production financing, and lend support to non-profits Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC) and Stand-Up! Girls.

Exploring novel ways to engage our audience Animal Mother Films (AMF) is welcoming the public to become active participants in the film-making process, and connect with a community of comedians and comedy lovers. AMF is offering a unique range of perks and ways to join our film-making team, regardless of where they live. The campaign will also see partial proceeds directed to CASC and Stand Up Girls to support their comedic efforts in the real world.

Stand Up! Girls is a non-profit organization that offers free workshops in New York City to educate, inspire and equip girls from underserved communities with the communication skills necessary to succeed in and lead male-dominated workplaces. CASC is a professional association that is currently engaged in a drive to have stand-up comedy declared an official art form in Canada. To find out more please visit our website at

All Joking Aside is a feature-length comedy film about the barriers women face in the entertainment industry, told through the story of one young woman committed to beating the odds and pursuing her dream of becoming a stand-up comic. It’s 2018, and despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women still only count for about 10% of the performers at comedy clubs. If we accept that women are just as funny as men, the question becomes why are there not more female comics, and what can we do about it?

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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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Comedy Album:

The Comedy Green Room’s lovely and talented friend Ms. Kate Davis has a new comedy album "House Arrest" Produced by Howl & Roar Records available on iTunes! This is an album you should download if you are a comedy Fan. Not only is Kate a funny stand-up she is a wonderful person.

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New Book:

You can get Kate’s New Book at on Amazon also available for Kobo & Kindle.

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Cassie Cao:

Our Friend Cassie Cao is The First Chinese Female Comedian At ‘New Faces: Canada’ at JFL 2019

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