March 3, 2020

March 2020







Comedy Spotlight: Ms. Cindy Rivers

Photo credit Alex Ansel


There are very few times in life that you instantly connect with someone over social media and the telephone. Recently, I was lucky enough to get introduced to a young comic from Fort McMurray Alberta that I instantly liked.


As a child, I was taught not to judge a person by the colour of their skin, their sexual orientation or their gender. I was taught to judge people by their kindness towards others, their heart and spirit. As an adult I added to my requirements on judging people on how much they make me laugh, and if we feel like old friends when we meet.


Ms. Cindy Rivers meets all my requirements as a friend, Cindy is kind, has a huge heart and a strong spirit that she wears on her sleeve, sometimes to her detriment. Plus Ms. Rivers is funny, hardworking young comic who is getting noticed in Canada and the USA not a small feat especially when you do not live in a major Canadian city,


So, this begs the question of who is Cindy Rivers and how did she become Cindy Rivers and a fast-rising Canadian Stand-Up Comic? Ms. Cindy Rivers was born in Port Blandford, Newfoundland with a Population of about 550 people. Cindy was born into the wrong gender and was bullied quite a bit growing up. Ms. Rivers remembers; “I used comedy as a defense mechanism, and I was very quick witted and maybe didn’t know when to stop talking.” Cindy continues;” My dad tries to be funny sometimes, ‘you know in the funny dad way’, but it’s very enjoyable to watch him make people laugh, it’s a good feeling.”


After high school Cindy moved to Fort McMurray and took a labour job. With hard work and some schooling Ms. Rivers was able to move up in the work ranks during a 10-year period. Her final position was as large oil sands company as operations supervisor for materials management, she managed many storage locations and 70+ employees. As we can see hard work is a defining quality of Cindy Rivers.


All of us made changes it our lives and then follow the new road that has been mapped out by the different circumstances we find ourselves in. At age 30 Cindy Rivers made a life changing decision to come out as transgender. Cindy states, “I was severely depressed and couldn’t deal with my hidden secret. I attempted suicide and failed. I decided to come out after that and live as my true self. I hated myself before I came out and didn’t want anyone to see me.”


There are consequences to any decision a person makes, and Ms. Rivers was no different. She was let go from her position at the oil sands company. Now jobless for a while and having a difficult time finding a job. Cindy got hired as a community educator, giving presentations on lgbtq inclusion, sexual education, and opioid awareness / naloxone trainer. She met her life partner Kathy and decided to pursue her dream of trying stand-up comedy. Cindy told the author [David Reuben] comedy was always a big part of her life and wanted to try it but back home in Port Blandford, Newfoundland it was never a realistic dream. In Fort McMurray it was not a reality till she came out as transgender. Kathy states; “Comedy was a bucket list item for Cindy” Ms. Rivers remembers; “I always wanted to try comedy but never could until I came out. I got invited to open for a drag show and it went well, so I did another, and another, and I was on my way. I started doing Open mic’s and other shows. As a transgender comedian sometimes I’m very scared how the crowd might react, or an individual might react.” The crowds reacted positively because the author [David Reuben] believes funny is funny.


Unfortunately, this did not go as smoothly in Cindy Rivers daily life.” I’ve been sexually assaulted and jumped by 3 people,” While doing comedy Cindy has never had a bad reaction. “Even though it’s always been ok it’s still a thought and worry. There are also shows and events that I know I must avoid because they are notoriously trouble.”

As the author [David Reuben] mentioned earlier in the article, Cindy Rivers has an unbelievable work ethic. Cindy’s good friend and fellow stand-up comic Justin Shaw told the author [David Reuben] that Cindy’s little Jeep put on many kilometers over the last 3 years traveling to open mics and paid shows throughout Western Canada. Justin says; Cindy is fearless on stage, educates the audience, and has real joy while performing. She is a real person who you cannot help but cheer for.” Both Kathy and Justin say that over the last 3 years her stage presence and writing style have improved with this dedication and hard work.


Comedy is a tough business and show business is a huge mountain to climb, but Cindy says; “I can never quit. When I found comedy, I found my missing piece. The struggles, issues, and bad times are growth and learning. Even if I don’t realize it at the time. I like to call my act accidentally educational. I talk a lot about my life and transgender stuff but in a way, that’s appealing to everyone. I like to get all types of audience members on my side. Many times, people have approached me after a show to say that was great and they’ve never met a transgender person before and it’s cool and likeable. It’s a great thing to see people becoming ally’s and friends. I’ve been a comic for 3 years. I put a ton of work in and hit as many stages and shows as I can, 150+ per year.”


Today Cindy’s life is very busy because all the hard work in the last 3 years is starting to pay off and she is starting to get noticed in Canada and the USA. As well, Cindy has a part-time job as FOH manager and volunteer coordinator at Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray, and she still does public speaking, about lgbtq+ inclusion and diversity. “I’m also educated in paleobiology, never got to work in the field but I know my dinosaurs.”

Kathy her partner of three years tries to make as many of Cindy’s shows as possible while holding down a full-time day job and looking after their home when Cindy is away pursuing her comedy dream. Sound to the author [David Reuben] that Kathy and Cindy have a busy happy life in Fort McMurray.



Kathy told the author [David Reuben] that the last year and a half Cindy has really made some headway in the business of comedy and the hard work is starting to pay off. In October 2019, Cindy performed at the Los Angles Diversity in Comedy Festival. Also, in 2019, she was selected for the top 100 for the CBC next up national comedy competition. As well as the Las Vegas laughed out comedy festival.


Ms. Cindy Rivers has not slowed down in 2020 and was invited to Las Vegas for another festival and performing at the LA comedy club in the stratosphere hotel. Cindy got selected to perform at JFL Northwest on February 24, 2020, opening for Ms. Hannah Gadsby. Yet Cindy is her usual self in amazement of her good fortune. “As the day gets closer, I feel more and more excited. How the heck did I get here!!! JFL Northwest. Feb 24th. Orpheum theatre. Vancouver. Opening for the truly amazing Hannah Gadsby. Just. Just. Just. Wow.”


“I always felt that things like this couldn’t happen to people like me. I’m from a little 600-person town in Newfoundland. I came out as transgender at 30 years old. I worked in oil. But here we are. Heading to JFL Northwest to open for Hannah Gadsby. Plus, all the other amazing shows. Unbelievable”


When not working Cindy spends her down time with Kathy, her two children, and other friends and family in Fort McMurray. Cindy says. “I love to kayak, play guitar, and draw/sketch. Although I don’t get to do them much anymore, I’m usually busy working. I travel for most gigs and am pretty booked up most times, so I also really enjoy driving and listening to music. I also love to cook and build guitars.”


Other shows in the future may include New York City, Las Vegas, and Southern Ontario. Cindy Rivers will not stop until she concurs every comedy stage available to her. As the author [David Reuben] has stated, Cindy has an amazing work ethic.

To find out more about Ms. Cindy Rivers visit her Facebook Page

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International Songwriting Competition
























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 2019 judge panel included: Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Fleet Foxes, Tom Waits, Cam, American Authors, Irma Thomas, Tanya Tucker, Camila, and many more high-profile recording artists. For more information on 2019 International Songwriting Competition. visit:



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 2019 Judges. This year’s judges Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits, Kevin Gates, Cam, Bastille, The Script, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Fleet Foxes, Gloria Trevi, Tanya Tucker, Lukas Nelson, Irma Thomas, Danilo Perez, and Many More. Visit  for more information









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Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or


David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room has joined forces with Norm Shaw  and Lars Callieou host of Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or


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, Lars 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,



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Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein March 1st Host Ruby.  Featuring: Mark Zello, Mark McNally, Blair Brown, Vinny Vinelli, Alex Carr, Michael R. Larimer, Andrea Mitchell, Jay Wiesblatt and Special Guest TBA Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto   


Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein March 8th Host Janice Israeloff. Featuring: Matthew Fleming, Fredsen Otchere - Jan, Judy Dalman, Waverly Tracey, Veronica VaVie, Bryan Johnston, Crystal Morency and Special Guest TBA Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto   


Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein March 15th No Show 

229 College Street in Toronto        


Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein March 22nd Host Lisa Feingold. Featuring: Jimmy Phu, Gavin S, Vida Z., Amanda Custodio, Mark Korakianitis, Kenzie Nelligan, David Foggia and Special Guest TBA Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto 


Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein March 29th Host Janice Israeloff.  Featuring: Ron Sider, Cameron LaPrairie, Mubeen Subhani, Ryan McKinnon, Kelly Zemnickis, Marc Hallworth and Special Guest Desirée Walsh Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto   



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Kenny Robinson and the Nubian Disciples of Pryor:


March 29th at 8:30 pm... Yuk Yuk’s Downtown 224 Richmond W. in Toronto, ON 416.967.6425.

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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















Comedy Tuesday Night in Calgary Alberta


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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Comedy on Saturday Nights in Welland ON


Take the drive to Welland ON Canada and check out this great Saturday Night Comedy Show at  It is run by Gregory Michael Bonito a good friend of The Comedy Green Room.



















To book a spot visit and say you want to book a spot on The Vegan Hippie Chick Show.

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Shows from my funny friends                                     Cleve Jones & Victoria Stewart




















Comedy Bar 945 Bloor St. W in Toronto


The Dock on Queen St. 932 Queen St. E in Toronto



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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



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 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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Comedy Festivals:












March 4- March 15, 2020

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Tuesday, March 24 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

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March 26- March 28, 2020

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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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Charity Work:


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

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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






























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

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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 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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Book Launch:














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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New TV Show:











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