The Calgary comic scene has really been taking off lately. With shows happening almost everyday of the week.
Mondays: Comedy Monday Night (Broken City | 613 11 Ave SW)
Tuesdays: Crash Test Comedy (Vern’s | 622 8 Ave SW)
Wednesdays: Jupiter Comedy (Oak Tree Tavern | 124 10 St NW)
Sundays: Handcuff Comedy (Juliet’s Castle | 440 16 Ave NE)
But what seems to still be missing is the women in this scene. Since this is a more male dominated industry it is easy to forget that there are some amazing women comics who live right here in Calgary.
Amy Edgar, show runner for Crash Test Comedy, decided to bring attention to those women comics and produce a show specifically for them. The show being rightfully called “Galentines day.”
“I started Galentines day because I wanted to showcase the amazing women in Calgary’s comedy community. On the average amateur show there are usually one to two women at most. I wanted to create an opportunity for us all to perform together. I thought it would great if we could do this and give back so I decided to donate all of the proceeds to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.” Edgar says.
The name for the show came from the 2009 and 2015 comedy show Parks and Recreation. Staring Amy Poehler a well known female comic on her own, the shows version of Galentines day focused on women celebrating other women and the friendships they have. That is the theme Edgar wanted to bring to her show.
“I got the idea from the show Parks & Recreation. They created this “holiday” as a annual event on February 13th where women are encouraged to celebrate the female relationships in their lives. I help produce a weekly comedy show called Crash Test Comedy every Tuesday at Vern’s. I saw that February 13th is on a Tuesday this year and I thought it was the perfect date for this type of show.”
The show will feature comics such as:
Edgar has high hopes for this show, saying that if it were to go well she plans to do them bi-monthly, but choosing a different charity each time and hopefully and different female comics perform for each show. This way the city can come together for a great cause and really get to see the female comic scene
“People should attend because the female comics in this city are hilarious. It can be difficult for women to break into this field so it’s important to create opportunities for people to support women in comedy. Plus it’s for a great cause.”
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