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Chris Borris at the Alterna Crackup 2016 festival finale. Photo provided.

Annual Comedy Night for Parkinson’s raises funds and awareness—04.21.18

By Asim B. on April 11, 2018


“I am very proud to be part of this year’s Comedy Night for Parkinson’s and to have been part of it for 14 years,” said Howard Wagman, owner of Yuk Yuk’s. “We make sure that people who support the event see something different every time, and the comics are always willing to work for less if it’s a good cause.” Even the comedic legend Mike MacDonald was part of the festivities back in 2013. “Forty years in the business, he was one of the most groundbreaking, influential and respected comedians in Canadian history,” continued Wagman.

Comedy Night for Parkinson’s has been raising awareness as well as funds for the last fourteen years in Ottawa. This year, the event will be held on Saturday April 21, at Centrepoint Theatre.

Comedian Martha Chaves will take to the stage April 21 at Comedy Night for Parkinson’s. Photo provided.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased from Centrepointe box office. This great cause will be featuring comics Martha Chaves, Chris Borris, and Jeff McEnery. Things will kick off with a pre-show social and silent auction in the atrium at 6:30pm, with the show starting on the main stage at 8pm.

“Fundraising is a very big part of our business now,” said Wagman. “Donors need to do more with their charity dollars and want to get something in return. It’s a win/win. They get to do good, and they get a great night out and excellent entertainment.”

The charity, Parkinson Canada, has been working for years to improve the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s and their loved ones, while simultaneously trying to raise funds for education, advocacy, and research. And this topic will only become more important as it’s expected that the number of people affected by Parkinson’s to more than double by the year 2031, due to Canada’s aging demographic.

“Parkinson Canada has been helping people affected by Parkinson’s for over 50 years through support programs and services including free counselling and support groups, information and referral, education and awareness, as well as exercise programs,” said Alan Muir, manager, resource development, of the Ottawa office of Parkinson Canada.

So if you’re looking for something exciting to do and could use a good laugh, why not come to this event and have the added bonus of helping out a charity.

Tickets to Comedy Night for Parkinson’s are available online for $40. The show starts at 8pm on Saturday April 21 at Centrepointe Theatre. If you want to learn more about Parkinson’s, please visit