Saturday night's lineup included standup and some outstanding character acts. Here are the talented women who performed on Feb. 22.
Act Two Host
'Louise' is a swingin' gal who just loves to party!! Born at Edmonton's legendary improvised serial Die-Nasty, she went on to host the live alternative comedy series Lucille's Ball in Toronto, and has made several appearances in Victoria at Phillips Comedy Night and other events. Created and performed by character comedienne Kirsten Van Ritzen. www.kirstenvanritzen.com
Purple photos by David Bukach Photography courtesy Less Bland Productions.
(left as Juanita Lupita del Gado) Romina was born in Concepcion, Chile. Her energetic, spontaneous style has been welcomed on comedy stages in Victoria. With training in acting, mime, dance, and writing, Romina has also performed with Puente Theatre and in independent film. She makes her national TV debut in She Kills Me.
(left as Princess Kate Middleton), is a
versatile film/TV actress with credits in Cedar Cove, Spooksville, and more. She is also a regular cast member of the live comedy shows Sin City the Live Improvised Serial, Atomic Vaudeville, and Derwin Blanshard's Classy Sunday Variety Show. www.karenbrelsford.com
Joy is a relative newcomer to comedy, but is quickly becoming known as the funniest librarian on Vancouver Island, and next, Western Canada. Joy has been honing her caustic wit and biting sense of humour at comedy shows around Victoria.
A self-avowed stress management expert and certified credit card utilization consultant - as played by Zandra Bell, one of Canada’s top corporate motivational humorists. Victoria studio audiences fell for 'Shirley Best' when she taped her side-splitting performance on She Kills Me for APTN-TV.
"Shirley, at her best, is simply a world class act." - CBC
“a tour de force of preparation, incredible memory, and superbly timed delivery, Shirley Best provides outstanding entertainment”
Comic by night, mild mannered optometrist by day, Dr. Sommer has been spreading laughter and moderately improved eyesight around Manitoba. She began doing stand-up in Australia, and trained in sketch comedy writing in Chicago. “Rachel Sommer is a deadpan Roseanne with a medical degree"
"the crowd ate her up." - Al Rae (Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival)
"Rachel Sommer's deadpan confessions about her patient’s eye exams had the crowd in stitches." -WInnipeg Free Press
Shelley moved from the East Coast to the West, where she lives on a houseboat
with her bulldog. She is a three-time champion of The Showdown at the Victoria Event Centre, has performed at Ratfish, Phillips Comedy Night, and the Underground Comedy Fort, and makes her national TV debut on She Kills Me.
An intrepid introvert with a sly sense of humour, Nancy has performed at Homo for the Holidays, Ratfish Comedy, Phillips Comedy Night, Need2Stand Up, and the Juan de Fuca branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Drop the microfiche.