The Mary Janes of Comedy returns to the Hammer with a packed line up of some of Comedy’s funniest Ladies. The Mary Janes ( Jilllian Thomas, Dawn Whitwell, Deborah Robinson and Lianne Mauladin) are hot off their appearance at the Boston Women in Comedy festival and have brought some very funny guests with them!
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DAWN WHITWELL, one of North America’s Funniest Lesbians as rated by Curve Magazine, Dawn took her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the road and has been a feature performer at We’re Funny That Way (2008), The LA Comedy Festival (2008), Edinburgh Festival and both Gotham & Comic Strip Live in NY. She is a regular on The Jon Dore TV Show, is Co-Producer of Girls School (NOW Magazines Top Show Pick of 06), Proud Larry’s w/ Mae Martine (2010) and her Dirty Rotten Egg Show was debut to sold out audiences.
DEBORAH ROBINSON 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.
LIANNE MAULADIN – A relative newcomer to the stand up scene, Lianne, who studied Improv (Second City), and Stand Up with Dawn Whitwell, quickly established herself in comedy contests and has been featured on XM Satellite Radio’s Laugh Attack, CBC’s Laugh out Loud and Bite TV. She has performed across Canada and the U.S. at such venues as The Comedy Store (Hollywood), The Comic Strip Live (NY), and with such comics as Shelley Marshall, Elvira Kurt and Jason Blanchard.Lianne’s unique take on life as an Aquarius who loves rock stars & old people has made her a favorite at The Comedy Bar, Second City, Yuk Yuks and The Rivoli. She is excited to return to Hamilton as performer and Co-Producer of Mary Jane’s 4×20.
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” Dave Morris, Eye Weekly
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SHELLEY KIDWELL – On or off the stage, Shelley Kidwell is a comedic performer you just instantly love. This buxom, blonde,Texan beauty has captivated audiences and critics alike, both here and abroad, with her witty observations, comedic timing and southern style. Appearing on MuchMusic, Party Mama’s and the popular SmoberUp webseries along with stand-up performances on countless stages are only a few of the accolades Shelley has notched into her rhinestone belt. Whether she is bringing to life her over-the-top character Tammi Starr or leaving audiences in stitches in The Full Bawdy Comedy Show, Shelley Kidwell is someone you will want to see again and again. Bold, brassy and brilliant…bless her heart!
BRENDA LENNIE – has appeared on Television’s Comedy at Club 54, She’s So Funny and on CBC Radio’s So, You Think You’re Funny and has performed with Stand Up for Mental Health and her own improvisational troupe, Skitz-in-frona-ya. She is also a graduate of Second City’s school of improv and has won awards for comedic acting. Smart and silly, shifting from low to high energy at any given moment, audiences relate to her truthful quirky personality. Brenda Lennie personifies the term, “acting out”.
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. Colette has toured extensively nationally and internationally with her one woman shows Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story. Nominated for 2 Canadian Comedy Awards, a Georgia Straights Critics Pick Award and a finalist in Corner Gas’ Comic Genius. Colette has been honored to perform with Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) and Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company) in The Vagina Monologues (Stage West) and in the Julia Robert’s produced major motion picture Kit Kittredge An American Girl as Mrs. Stone.
MARTHA O’NEILL – is a graduate of the Second City’s Conservatory programme and is a former main stage cast member at the Bad Dog Theatre. She has performed all over Canada and as far away as Dublin and London. In 2007, Martha was a semi-finalist in Q-107’s “Funniest Person with a Day Job” competition. Most recently, she was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Comedy Award for “Best Stand Up Newcomer” and competed in the 2010 “World Series of Comedy” in Las Vegas.