“NAAW On This!” is a hilarious lineup of unconventional comedians who will celebrate the lighter side of disability and mental health while telling stories from lived experience on Wednesday, May 29th at 7 pm in The Westin’s Yuk Yuk’s venue. Hosted by Hello City's Gil Anderson and Henricus Gielis, some dark comedy and mature themes will be explored. Buckle up for a night of personal stories, killer jokes and all the realness in a night of inclusive comedy featuring: Cathy Jones, Meg McDowell, Josh Dunn, Adam Myatt, Owen Redden and others. It’s the perfect opportunity to lighten up on the topics of disability and mental health. We’re all in the same boat and the boat will be rocking from all the laughter on May 29th!
Sponsored by Supercity Office Systems, ASL Interpretation & C.A.R.T. will be provided. A limited number of free tickets is available please.
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Show Starts at 7:30pm
Gil Anderson and Henricus Gielis are multi-talented artists based in Halifax, NS, who share a passion for story telling and the belief that laughter can sometimes be the best medicine. They are founding members of the award winning improv troupe, Hello City (@hellocityimprov), and are honoured to be co-hosting, "NAAW on This!”, comedy night.
For nearly three decades, Cathy Jones has been an audience favourite. Her catalogue of performances extends across television, film, and theatre, where she has evolved her talents to become a household name in Canadian comedy. After co-founding the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, she became an original cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She is the only performer to star in all 26 seasons of the legendary CBC comedy show. Cathy’s accolades precede her reputation, winning the ACTRA Award of Excellence in 2013, as well as an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. On top of this, Cathy was honoured with the Canadian Screen Icon Award in 2016. Beyond her lengthy career and many achievements, Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.
Megan McDowell is a long-time comedian in the form of stand-up, storytelling, sketch and improvisations of daily life. Voted Halifax's favourite comedian by The Coast two years in a row, McDowell’s notable credits include Second City and This Hour Has 22 Min and working with professionals like Elvira Kurt, Jen Kirkman, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas and Cathy Jones to name a few.
Josh is a veteran of the Halifax comedy scene. He is one of the only working comedians in Canada with cerebral palsy. From the moment he crawls onstage, you know you're in for something different. His ability to riff on the show makes each performance unique. Josh shows that there are no barriers to laughter. He has received arts grants for his one-man theatre show, "I'm Still Here", his illustrated poetry show, "Pictures & Words" and is currently working on a documentary film called "Our Hearts Aren't Disabled". Not a performance to miss!
Adam Myatt is a gay stand-up comedian, writer and filmmaker who lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has written and performed original plays including “Touched By Too Many Angels”, and has directed his first short film, titled "Baggage", through AFCOOP's FILM 5 program. Adam co-hosts 'LOL UR GAY, a gay comedy podcast' with Lisa Buchanan. He was long-listed in the CBC Comedy Next Up competition as one of the top 100 amateur comics in Canada, and has opened for a variety of acts, including 'RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars' winner Trixie Mattel.
Poet, Dishwasher, Rapper and stand-up comic Owen Redden has overcome many obstacles in his life and, quite miraculously, he remains full of gentle open good heart. Throughout his life, Owen’s humour has been his best weapon against some pretty challenging stuff. Originally a graduate of a brilliant program that helps those who are suffering from mental illness to make comedy routines out of their stories-“Stand Up for Mental Health”-Owen’s spot on timing and infectious joy on stage made him a crossover hit. Owen has continued to gig whenever and wherever possible here in Halifax, and recently travelled to Ottawa to absolutely slay a crowd of 3500 at Bell Mental Health Day!