This International Women’s Day, comedian Syd Bosel and an all-women comic troop want to make you laugh about things you may not have thought were laughing matters.
Bosel said the idea for the show came from her experience as a comic that the day, marked each March 9, was a great opportunity to encourage women to come out and see women comics perform, something she said has always been well-received in the past.
So she worked with her agent at Coultish Management to organize a show featuring some of her favourite women comics from the Vancouver comedy scene where she got her start – Helen Schneiderman and Christine Hackman.
“Our tagline is ‘bring your friends and your panty liners,’ so people can expect a lot of fun,” said Bosel. “Every comic that I invited to be on this show is funny and they are all nice people.”
But the show is more than just a night for women to get together and laugh about familiar subjects. It’s also meant to serve as inspiration and as a lesson for everyone about the importance of not waiting to pursue your dreams.
Bosel, 63, started her comedy career in earnest just six years ago, taking classes in Vancouver and eventually moving to Comox, and spurred to revisit her dream after a successful battle against breast cancer. But she originally planned to pursue her dream of becoming a comic in the early ‘90s, but was not able to work the late nights required as she was raising her kids.
”I like to showcase mature comics if I can because I find we are quite underestimated,” said Bosel. “My latest campaign is really focused on letting women see other women doing stuff that we are doing before waiting for all our ducks are in a row. Life takes many turns, and if you wait until that happens or this is accomplished, you may not end up doing it at all. Do what you want at whatever age you are, but don’t wait until everything is perfect.”
Though tickets for the March 9 Hot Flash Comedy show at the Mary Winspear Centre are nearly sold out, those who manage to snap up the remaining tickets can expect 90 minutes of laughs, fun, and a relatively clean – though not family-friendly – series of stand up routines. Live music, a small craft market, and cocktails will also be on hand.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Remaining tickets are available at tickets.marywinspear.ca.