Laugh Your Heart Out

Laugh Your Heart Out is a night of improv comedy with a group of renowned comedians in support of KW Counselling Services. Returning this year are Karen Parker and Reid Janisse. They will be joined by Nigel Downer and Ashley Comeau.

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Laugh Your Heart Out is presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and also sponsored by Farm Mutual Re!


Please use the ample parking lots located nearby including the Kitchener Public Library, Market Square, Centre in the Square, and the Ontario Street parking garage.

NOTE: Alastair Forbes has had to cancel his appearance due to a professional conflict. We are pleased to welcome Nigel Downer in his place!

Karen Parker:

Karen is a 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning/Dora nominated actor and an alumnae of the Second City Toronto Mainstage. She has also performed with theatre companies across Canada. Selected film and television credits include: People of Earth, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Hemlock Grove, Beauty & The Beast, The Firm, Saving Hope and Being Erica. When not performing she is an acting/improv instructor at the Second City Training Centre.


Reid Janisse:

Reid is a Toronto based actor, writer, director, and improviser. He is an alumnus of The Second City, where he wrote and performed in four mainstage revues including the Dora nominated Second City for Mayor and the Canadian Comedy Award winning Barack to the Future and 0% Down, 100% Screwed. With Ross Petty Productions, he has appeared in the holiday pantomimes Snow White, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. Over the years, he has performed in countless improv shows including The Bad Dog Theatre’s Theatresports and One Night Only: The Greatest Musical Never Written, which won The Audience Choice Award at the 2016 Doras. With Montreal based Mad Science Productions, he created and performed in thousands of comedic science shows throughout North America. Television credits include American Gods, Orphan Black, The Ron James Show, Odd Squad, The Stanley Dynamic, How to be Indie and Connor Undercover.


Nigel Downer:

Nigel wrote and performed in four critically acclaimed mainstage revues at The Second City, including Dream Really Do Come True (and Other Lies) and The Meme’ing of Life. Nigel was the Assistant Director to The Second City’s 2016 mainstage revue, Come What Mayhem! and the sold-out run of the 2017 Toronto Fringe show, Not Oasis Presents: Alone In This Together. Nigel can be seen on the Baroness von Sketch Show (CBC); on the web in Body Buds (CBC Comedy); and in numerous commercials for companies like Winners and Tim Hortons. Nigel is an improviser, teacher, director, and host – performing across North America and the UK.


Ashley Comeau:

Ashley Comeau is an improviser, producer, actor and writer hailing from Toronto, Canada. Ashley is a Second City alumna who wrote and starred in three revues at The Second City Toronto which garnered her a Dora nomination and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. She was named Best Female Improviser in Toronto from NOW Magazine’s “Best Of Awards 2015”. She performs all over the world with her comedy troupe – The Lusty Mannequins. It is comprised of Ashley and her partner, Second City alum Connor Thompson and Karen Parker and Alastair Forbes (who are also alumni!). They’ve toured Europe, North America and have been to South Africa twice for the Mama City Improv Festival (which Ashley co-founded!). She loves improv so much that she was named Head of Improv Programs A-E at Second City Training Centre in Toronto! Comeau has performed with the likes of Colin Mochrie, Robin Duke, Martin Short and John Cleese. You can catch her currently on Degrassi: Next Class as Ms. Badger and on Odd Squad as the evil villain Jamie Jam! She writes and acts and produces for TV and stage now, used to be a tour guide, and almost became a funeral director. That pretty much sums her up.