For the past three years Showtime Comedy and Entertainment have been hosting an annual fundraiser for Autism Ontario’s Niagara Region Chapter by throwing a stand-up comedy performance featuring some of the best comedians in Canada called Stand Up for Autism.
The past two shows have featured K. Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny) and award winning Simon B. Cotter among others, and, these shows have raised over $3000.
This year’s fundraiser on January 26 features some of Canada’s brightest in Michelle Shaughnessy, Marc Trinidad, Kyle Brownrigg, Al Val and host Tom Holman
Holman has been hosting the annual event because it is something that hits home for him
“I have two younger siblings with Autism,” he stated. “I know how hard the parents have to work in order to help their children. I’ve seen how important organizations like Autism Ontario are to the families affected, and how much the children can benefit from the support and the sense of community that the organizations provide. This fundraiser is to make sure that the resources and services are available to help local children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Holman has been part of the growing Niagara comedy scene for years. He remembers the time before we had beautiful comedy clubs, when there were ten comics, a few shows a month and a few not-so-favorable venues. “It’s incredible to see how much the scene has grown. Now, there are comedy clubs around the region and an annual comedy festival,” he said.
This year’s Stand Up For Autism features a packed lineup. Each performer on the bill could be a headliner for a weekend at the club.
“If we had the time, we could probably run the show as a four hour comedy marathon of non-stop belly laughs,” Holman joked. “We’ve got the talent for it, but I don’t think the human body could withstand the force of that many belly-laughs.”