Comedians Dawn Whitwell and Elvira Kurt wanted to start a comedy movement. So they created Girls School, an all-woman comedy tour featuring some of Canada’s most hilarious performers. The reason they chose the name and the all-lady lineup relates to research showing that students in all-girl schools perform better academically than those in co-ed schools. It follows that female comics would feel freer on stage with some sisters.
The movement is gynocentric, but the comedy is universal. According to their manifesto, Girls School is “all about about the the 3 Rs: Revelry, Revolution and Rentertainment.” Tonight, Girls School is performing at the Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Blvd.) as part of “Stop the Cycle”—a fund raiser for Phoenix Place, a second stage housing facility for abused women and children. (Second stage housing is where families go after leaving a crisis shelter—they don’t receive base funding from either the Provincial or Federal governments and rely on fund raising).
Tickets are $30 and doors open at 7 p.m. If you’re taking attendance, Deb DiGiovanni, Katie Crown, and Laurie Elliott will be performing. There’s also auctions and, of course, beer.
Photo courtesy of Girls School