Female comics do it standing up...for Gilda's Club

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, January 27, some of Toronto's
funniest new "chicks with shticks" are putting on a comedy show guaranteed to
titillate your funny bone. And raise money for a great cause.
    StandUp For Your Sisters, a benefit for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, is
a night of stand-up featuring 12 female comics who are making a name for
themselves on the stages of Toronto's comedy scene. Hosted by one of Canada's
funniest women, Elvira Kurt (popcultured, The Tonight Show), and headlined by
Dawn Whitwell (Girl School, The Jon Dore Show), the event promises a night of
great comedy to beat the winter doldrums.
    StandUp For Your Sisters initially began as a way for a group of
burgeoning comedians, most of whom have less than six months' experience, to
showcase their comedic talents in a scene still dominated by male comics.
    "On any given night at most of the 'mainstream' open mics, you're lucky
to see even one woman in a lineup of ten comics," says organizer Daniela
Saioni. "Yet, when we do play these clubs, we usually do well. Maybe it's
because more than half the audience are women. So why the lack of stage time?
We decided to make our own."
    But the jokes aren't all about sugar and spice. "Oh, some of us do get
raunchy. But when a woman in her thirties does a joke about sex, it tends to
resonate with the kind of truth that incites wine-through-the-nose laughter,"
Saioni says.
    The women decided to donate any proceeds to charity and Gilda's Club was
the obvious choice: they have all been touched by cancer in some way and
thought it would be fitting to honour a charity named after the late comedian
Gilda Radner - a woman who helped clear the way for women in comedy.
    StandUp takes place at Hugh's Room, a 200-seat venue located in the heart
of Roncesvalles village. Tickets are only $20 in advance ($25 at the door),
with all proceeds going to Gilda's Club, and are available at
www.hughsroom.com or by calling 416-531-6604. A silent auction will also take
place and includes donations by Roots and Alliance Films.
    With this much estrogen-fueled comedy, it's a great night to come and
stand up for your sisters, mothers, daughters and friends.
    For more details and comic bios and photos, visit

    About Gilda's Club

    The mission of Gilda's Club is to provide a meeting place where men,
women, teens and children living with cancer, as well as their families and
friends, can join with others to build social and emotional support as a
supplement to their treatment of choice. Gilda's Club is a non-profit
organization where membership is free. For more information about Gilda's
Club, please visit their website at www.gildasclubtoronto.org

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For further information: or to schedule an interview, contact Bonnie
Dean at media@standupforyoursisters.com or (647) 377-4317

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