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Rick Zimmerman

Rick Zimmerman will be our MC at the 2016 Stand Up for the Arts on Saturday, March 26 at the Greek Hall, Belleville

Join funny man, Rick Zimmerman who will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and local comics who will entertain you with their unique humour and talents at the Greek Hall in Belleville. While many of these performers are home-grown, you probably have not seen them locally as they are often making appearances in Ottawa, Kingston or Toronto. The show starts at 7:30 pm, the cash bar opens at 6:30. Tickets are $25 at the QAC office, 36 Bridge Street East, Belleville, or by calling 613-962-1232.

SPONSORED BY:

QAC Champion, McDougall Insurance

Event Sponsors: Wilkinson, Tim Horton Hanley Corporation, Hurley Law and Bayshore Credit Union

Media Sponsors: CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107

LOCAL LOCOS:

Mark Adamson \ Dan Curtis Thompson \ Kelly Stewart \ Tina Barsony \ Mark Lesage \ John Kerr \ David Bush \ John O’Connor \ Shawn Whaley \ Nicholas Scott \ Tracy Hamilton \ Nick Ogden \ Steven Morallee \ Bill Goulah …(see bio info below)

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Please note, this program is subject to change.

Bill Goulah
Bill Goulah

Bill Goulah was a winner in the 2005 Belleville wisecracks comedy contest, a 2006 Kingston comedian idol winner and has opened for a variety of Canadian touring comics.

Dan Curtis Thompson
Dan Curtis Thompson

Born and raised Belleville boy turned Toronto stand up comedian, Dan Curtis Thompson, performs at Yuk Yuk’s, Comedy Bar and all over Toronto and southern Ontario. He is a Toronto Comedy Brawl Quarter Finalist, the co-producer of “Character Comedy” at Comedy Bar and “New Faces” at The Social Capital Theatre.

Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart is looking forward to his return to the Friendly City, after being driven out of the “County” for trying to discuss such topics as Wind Turbines, Big Ass Snow Clouds and why “Really Small Earmuffs for Turtles” would make everyone happy. He can now concentrate on a new topic such as “Ten reasons to tear down the Norris Whitney Bridge!” If you need more helpful advice, visit Kelly on Facebook at “Freedom 95 Productions”.

Mark Adamson
Mark Adamson

Mark Adamson has written and performed stand-up comedy since 1994, as well as graced open mic stages around Ontario. He is an experienced MC and mobile disc jockey with more than five hundred weddings under his belt, while working in customer service for more than twenty years. He possesses a deep-seated, twisted, self-deprecating sense of humour and quick wit which he uses to explore his fears and shortcomings as a father, husband, and human being. A huge nerd, having been a lifelong fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, he had a brush with fame having been kicked off his own comedy show at Mohawk College Radio in his native Hamilton (though he feels that if you’re not kicked from college radio, you’re doing something wrong).

Nicholas Scott
Nicholas Scott

Nicholas Scott’s introspective comedy tackles tough questions like: how many licks DOES it take to get to the centre of a Tootsie Roll pop? He enjoys long walks on the beach & drinking to forget.

Mark Lesage
Mark Lesage

Mark Lesage has a long history of performing in front of a live audience, both as a musician and actor. He has experience with the Tweed National Theatre, the Belleville Theatre Guild, and MyTheatre in Trenton. Although he is still unsure of what he wants to be when he grows up, Mark has come to love improvisational theatre through teaching and performing. He and Nick Ogden will appear together as Some Assembly Required.

Nick Ogden
Nick Ogden

Nick Ogden is a second year student at Loyalist College studying journalism. He has spent the better part of his life making friends and family laugh – both with him and at him- and is starting to bring those “skills” to the stage. The 20-year-old has spent half his life dealing with Type 1 Diabetes and has learned life is too short to not have a sense of humour about almost every situation.”

Tina Barsony
Tina Barsony

A teacher, parent and altogether “with it” person, Tina Barsony is very excited to be performing once again in Stand Up for the Arts 2016.  In her spare time, Tina, 35, collects friends, cream pitchers, and way too many recipes and comedy ideas that she gets at 3 in the morning. Always on the go in and out of Comfort Country and keenly looking out for “the next big thing”, Tina spends many an evening at home in flannel just being cozy.  Living in the country near Stirling with her handsome husband Chuck, 2 kids, four cats and soon a dog, Tina figures she is never more than twenty minutes from the closest thrift store.  A recent participant to the world of bodybuilding, Tina aims to impress others with her massive biceps and super conditioned quads. As a result, she has become a preeminent and highly sought after image consultant and lifestyle guru in the Stirling and Quinte regions. In addition to operating a small, “perfect for your occasion” baking business and enjoying the occasional trip to Tweed or Lonsdale, Tina is the Outreach Coordinator for Kidstock being presented this May by the Quinte Children’s Theatre.

John O'Connor
John O’Connor

John O’Connor’s first experience with the spotlight came at the tender age of six when he was a guest on Romper Room.  Since then he’s had numerous forays into the world of radio, television, and the stage as a professional musician and actor.  His favourite forum is the Pinnacle Playhouse where he most recently did the parts of Man in Chair in the Drowsy Chaperone and Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life.  He has always loved to tell a joke, ranging from one-liners to bafflingly long recitations.

Tracy Hamilton
Tracy Hamilton

Tracy Hamilton is a stand up comedian, writer and chocolate enthusiast. Her quick wit and subtle sarcasm have helped her win several open mic competitions around Toronto, and her constant need for approval has helped her not be satisfied with any of that. She runs a monthly show at Toronto’s Comedy Bar called Truth or Dare Comedy where she embarrasses herself in front of strangers in an attempt to never grow up.

Steven Morralee says, “my day job is as a Real Estate Appraiser for most of the big banks for the last 15 years; most of my stories are from the interactions with clients while doing the home inspections. I went to Loyalist College in the early eighties for real estate appraisal. I’ve appraised houses in the Niagara region, London area and finally here in and around Hastings County. I’ve always been fascinated by the word development used by todays comics. The creativity is amazing, a situation from everyday life and turning it into a piece of art like Robin William’s manic insight, the silent killer humour of Mitch Hedberg and Lewis Black’s angry political diatribe, just to name a few. Now I’m going to have a go!”

John Kerr is 28 years old born and raised in Belleville and works for a custom builder in Prince Edward County. He enjoys sports and taking adventures and his comedy is about life and wired things that happen.

David Bush plays guitar and sings his own version of country comedy that has people in stitches.


 

Is laughter really the best medicine?

By Gary Mcleod (this article appeared in the QAC’s Spring issue of Umbrella arts newspaper)

As Quinte Arts Council prepares for its annual fundraising event, Stand Up for the Arts, we can’t help but think about the old adage we have all heard that ‘laughter is the best medicine.’ Like all well-worn sayings, we take for granted that it is true. But is it? Are there really benefits for our health and well-being when laughter abounds? We all know that a deep belly laugh is one of the best feelings in the world, but did you know that everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from icy unfamiliarity to a warm and fuzzy family-like atmosphere?

There has been much research on the topic. A study by staff at the Mayo Clinic found that short-term benefits of laughter includes stimulating many of the organs in the body, activating and relieving our stress response, and soothing tension. Long-term effects include improving your immune system, relieving pain, increasing your personal satisfaction and improving your mind.

Laughter is infectious! The sound of laughter is far more contagious than a cough or a sneeze, and when it is shared, it brings people together and increases a person’s happiness and sense of intimacy. Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D., states, “Your sense of humour is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” In researched reality, laughter is good for your physical health as well as your mental health and it has enormous social benefits. Best of all, it is easy to do!

Laughter lowers your blood pressure and can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It reduces stress levels because it reduces the level of stress hormones your body produces and this reduction cuts the anxiety and stress bombarding your body in this fast-paced world. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones in your body results in a higher immune system performance, strengthening the body’s ability to ward off sickness. T-cells, special immune system cells, are activated immediately when you laugh.

Did you know that laughter gives you one of the best workouts for your abs? It’s true; it helps tone your abs. During laughter, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract and give the muscles you are not using a time to relax. In other words, you can laugh your way to a toned tummy.

In need of a good cardio workout and don’t belong to a gym? Laughter gets your heart pumping and burns the same amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. You can laugh your heart into health. Bothered by chronic pain? Laugher releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer, which can ease chronic pain, make you feel better all over and increase your overall sense of well-being.

With all these terrific physical, mental and social benefits to laugher, the Quinte Arts Council feels compelled to prescribe our annual fundraiser, Stand Up for the Arts, for what ails you. The show takes place on Saturday, March 26, at the Greek Hall on Harder Drive in Belleville. The show starts at 7:30 pm and there is a cash bar opening at 6:30 pm.

Join funny man, Rick Zimmerman who will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and local comics who will entertain you with their unique humour and talents. While many of these performers are home-grown, you probably have not seen them locally as they are often making appearances in Ottawa, Kingston or Toronto. The first Stand up for the Arts was held last year and more than 200 people were treated to an evening of laughter and fun. Tickets are $25 at the QAC office, 36 Bridge Street East, Belleville, or by calling 613-962-1232. Please join us. It’s good for your health!

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On April 18, 2015 QAC presented the first Stand Up for the Arts, sponsored by Tim Horton Hanley Corporation. This wonderful evening of traditional stand-up comedy featured acclaimed comedian and author, Deborah Kimmett, as host. Sharing the stage that night were eight very funny local locos: Kyle Woolven, Kelly Stewart, Jeffrey Hawrylak, Jo Kearns, David Driscoll, Bill Goulah, Tina Barsony, and Nicholas Scott.

Proceeds from this event were used to support QAC’s year-round programming, our popular Arts in Education program, the Umbrella arts newspaper and services for our members. Quinte Broadcasting brought the power of their three radio stations, Rock 107, Mix 97 and CJBQ to support the event and raise public awareness for the importance of the arts for the health and well-being of our community.