This Saturday! Mary Jane’s 4×20 Comedy Show

One Night Only of Hilarity! Sat Sept 25 9pm Tickets $15 905-529-3000

Mary Jane’s of Comedy – the brain child of Jillian Thomas(Queen of Pot) who wanted an amazing show, in a pot venue, that just happened to feature only female comics. In just one year the show was so popular comics and audience who didn’t smoke wanted in. So we’ve moved the show out of the smokey rooms and into the Staircase!

LIANNE MAULADIN – She’s an Aquarius who loves rock stars and old people. She’s a relative newcomer to the stand up scene and her take on life is definitely unique. She’s performed at the Comedy Bar, Second City, Yuk Yuk’s, Absolute Comedy, The Rivoli and several other comedy clubs in and around Toronto. She has also performed in Tampa, San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Cruz, the Comedy Store in West Hollywood and Comic Strip Live in NYC. Lianne has qualified for and competed in many significant comedy contests with great results for a newcomer!

DEBORAH ROBINSON – Deborah grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her love for the arts moved her to New York City to while she was there she performed improv at The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Peoples Improv Theatre. She also frequented her stand-up at Caroline’s, Stand-Up New York and Gotham Comedy Club. Mostly recently she has become the newest member of Toronto’s highly popular sketch troupe The BOOM.

COLETTE KENDALL – ‘A one-woman, tour de forced-entry, Colette Kendall is not a woman to be trifled with. Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic’ Xtra Magazine. ‘a fearless performer..her candour is often shocking but it’s also hilarious’…The Georgia Straight… ‘brash, sassy and funny’ says Winnipeg’s Uptown Magazine. This Hamilton housewife,  has toured the last 5 years across Canada  with her one woman Canadian Comedy Award nominated shows, Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.   Colette received a career highlight when she was cast alongside Cindy Williams and Joyce DeWitt, in The Vagina Monologues. She has appeared in several festival featured films including the 2009 Sundance Film Festival  and the  HBO/Julia Roberts produced Feature Film Kit Kittredge

DAWN WHITWELL – Recently rated one of North America’s Funniest Lesbians by Curve Magazine, Dawn took her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the road, as a featured performer at the 2008 LA Comedy Festival. A regular on The Jon Dore Television Show, Dawn has also performed standup throughout the UK, including the Edinburgh Festival. She has also appeared at Gotham and Comic Strip Live in New York, and is co-producer of Girls School, voted Top Ten Comedy Show of 2006 by NOW Magazine. Dawn debuted her live show Dirty Rotten Egg to sold out audiences at 2008’s We’re Funny That Way Festival. It has recently been published by Insomniac Press. Most recently Dawn performed Proud Larrys with Mae Martin, as a featured act in Buddies In Bad Times Pride 2010 Program.

JILLIAN THOMAS – The Queen of Pot Comedy, Jillian hosts The Hot Box, the longest running pot comedy room in North America. Despite the weed, she’s charmed audiences across Canada, New York and England with her high energy, wit & sarcasm. Jillian has appeared on The Toronto Show, The Buzz, MTV Live & Much Music’s Love Court. “Who needs dick jokes, this woman has balls” Eye Weekly.


The Staircase is on Summer Vacation July 11-Aug 9

Hope we didn’t forget to pack anything!  The Staircase will be taking a short hiatus from theatre and cafe bookings  from  July 11-Aug 9.  During this time we will be working on all the larger jobs that are difficult to get to when you are open 24/7.  Our resident services, Seiwa Kai Karate and The Yoga Path will be holding classes in the bright and multipurpose rooms so check out their respective websites for their summer schedules.  Fright Night theatre will still be held the 1st Tuesday of August and since the laughter never stops at the Staircase the Thursday night 9pm  Stand up Comedy Night will continue to push the comedy envelope in the Hammer…..and when we re-open….well we hope you are well rested because we are packed solid this upcoming Fall season!



DIY filmmaker Sean MacPherson’s lo-fi, no-budget, labor of love and hate, HAPPY TO BE HERE is going on tour across Canada!

A sort-of heart warming feature film about passive aggression, having a nice day and forgetting the names of your family members, Happy to be Here is the story of Dorian Winters, who, after his father Butch suffers a massive stroke and donates his life savings to a seemingly illegitimate dolphin charity, embarks on a journey to discover the challenges of making peace with one’s family and finding the true meaning of happiness…

A feature film shot on a budget of 1500.00 in a 400 square ft apartment, Happy to be Here was shot in truly independent fashion. And what a ride so far. From oysters and grey goose at the CANNES 2009, to rejection and tap water, the film and filmmaker have been on a wild roller coaster for the last two years…

Finally fed up with the “independent” film system, the filmmaker is embarking on a self-funded film tour across Canada – screening in the Hammer Sat July 3rd!!!

Staircase theatre!!! Sat July 3 @8pm!!! Director in attendance!!!

Come out and support real independent film!

It’s Hammer time….


Next Step

Well the email sign up is working well. Support page is working well. I am still flummoxed by youtube and the lovely little wp application for embedding videos. This will be my second try with one of my personal videos.


Much Better

This looks a lot more like a web page now. There is still lots to do. Especially in the area of membership and volunteerism. A cafe menu is required. Hopefully from this point we will be able to post interesting shows in here, rather than blathers about the rather painless construction of a community theatre web site. I am still waiting for the calendar to arrive by email. That is kinda crazy. There calendar you see hear is simply a place holder. Has some neat features, but not not good enough for handling the number and diversity of staircase bookings. For your patience I have included this sweet political parody youtube (yes I am just testing video insertion)

OMIGOD!! They killed Vipers Video Quicktags. Arrrrrrrgh!

It is also worth noting that Google Java implementation wrecks the calendar on the page as well. Google analytics breaks shashin and highslide as well.  So no analytics yet.