Over the last several years a group of committed sponsors have come together to support a comedy show featuring Canadian and international stand-up comics who raise money for worthy causes.
On October 19, 2023 at the Elgin Theatre we are, once again, presenting a competitive night of laughs that will introduce a new set of amateurs to the comedic stage.
Humour Me gives a concept commonly found on reality TV a comedic twist by inviting high-profile and influential business professionals to perform a short stand-up routine in front of a live audience. The contestants will compete to be recognized as the “Funniest Amateur” of the evening receiving the coveted Baba Mary trophy – named after my funny grandmother. Not only will the CEOs have to write and perform five minutes of original stand-up comedy, they will juggle comedy classes, everyday business and fundraising. They will work their Contacts lists seeking support for the kids at Holland Bloorview. After intense coaching by seasoned local comedians these movers and shakers will be judged on-stage by a panel of industry veterans.
Following the comedy challenge our headliner will take the stage for the second half of the show. In previous years we have had Paul Reiser, Gerry Dee, Tig Notaro, Howie Mandel, Gary Gulman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey and Jim Gaffigan headline the evening.
As the event evolves, we remain focused on raising funds to support organizations that deliver vital services to Canadians. Over the years we have raised close to $20 million for some incredible groups who are working hard to make a real difference. In 2023 the proceeds of Humour Me will support research at Holland Bloorview leading to discoveries that can transform disability care and improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities. Scientists at the Holland Bloorview Research Institute are helping to advance the understanding of developmental diversity, brain injuries and many other complex conditions, which will lead to new, effective interventions and happier, more meaningful lives for kids and families.
We want to give everyone an evening to look forward to … filled with fun, laughter and friends while supporting a great cause. Please join us and sponsor one – or all – of the amateur comedians.