Comedy Night at Bellwether

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Host Mary Green welcomes an impressive cast of comics for downtown clothing shop’s first-ever comedy night.

Heather Jordan Ross in performance. Photo: Scott Mclean.

Fredericton’s Bellwether will add comedy to its growing list of instore performances this week when host Mary Green welcomes an impressive cast of comedians to the consignment shop’s 384 Queen Street location this Saturday.

Green has been a consistent performer on the city’s comedy scene for nearly three years now. In addition to occasional out-of-town shows, she performs regularly at Wilser’s Room open mic nights which take place the first Thursday of each month. This event will be her first as a comedy promoter and she’s looking forward to seeing how it all goes down in an all-ages venue.

“I’ve put on punk shows intermittently since the 90s, and much like in underground music, there is a long history of stand-up comedians putting on their own shows outside of traditional venues,” said Green. “I’ve been wanting to try something like this in Fredericton for a while.”

Since opening its doors last spring Bellwether has become home to regular live music performances.  This weekend’s show will be the first time comedy has been performed in the space, welcoming an incredibly strong lineup worthy of any comedy club or festival stage.

“Heather Jordan Ross is our headliner,” said Green.  “She’s from PEI originally but I believe she started doing stand-up comedy while living in Vancouver. In 2016 she was one of the brilliant, funny women behind the Rape Is Real and Everywhere Comedy Tour, which went across the country with survivors of sexual assault telling their stories in the format of a comedy show. I met Heather because I was one of the participants in the sold-out Fredericton stop of the tour which happened last May. Lately, Heather is studying film in Edinburgh, Scotland and is heading back there shortly so we are very fortunate to have her in Fredericton for a night before she leaves us again.”

Heather Jordan Ross has appeared on BBC Radio’s It’s Funny And It’s True as well as CBC Radio’s Doc Project series.

Sam MacDonald. Photo: Facebook

“Sam MacDonald was one of the comedians on the Charlottetown stop of the RIRE tour and earlier this year he was crowned the Funniest Person on PEI when he won James Mullinger’s Comedy Bootcamp PEI finals,” said Green. “I’ve never actually seen Sam do comedy or met him in person, but he comes highly recommended, seems nice on the internet, and he likes pro wrestling an awful lot.”

Local comics Sabrina Harnish and Anthony Bryan will join Green, Jordan Ross and MacDonald, rounding out the lineup for the first Comedy Night at Bellwether.

“Sabrina is a sassy mom and was runner up in the New Brunswick edition of James Mullinger’s Comedy Bootcamp, which I guess makes her the second funniest person in New Brunswick,” said Green. “She is also an all-around sweetheart. And Anthony is originally from Trinidad, recently graduated from STU, and is very funny.

“There will hopefully also be at least one other SPECIAL SECRET GUEST, but I have some arm-twisting to do between now and Saturday to make that happen,” said Green.

Full details for the event cam be found through the link below. 

The Bellwether space is only accessible by stairs, with gender neutral washrooms located up another set of stairs. Bellwether is welcoming of all backgrounds and walks of life, and aggressive or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.

Comedy Night at Bellwether | 384 Queen Street – Fredericton | September 23, 2017 | 8 – 10 p.m. | View Event

 

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