September 27, 2017 | Wednesday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Program Fee: $20
Please note that this event has been cancelled due to circumstances outside of artsPlace's control.
Direct from the Manchester, Edinburgh and Vancouver Fringe Festivals!
A brutally funny storytelling show from Canmore-raised and UK-based comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel) about learning to laugh at the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, drug addiction, plus some feminism for comic relief. Obviously, the story begins on April 21, 2016 – the day Prince passed away and Katharine ends up in stitches (literally). Come to the show and you’ll end up in stitches too (figuratively)!
After the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, this show will be at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September and then a cross-country Canadian tour including a performance here in Canmore where the events from her show actually happened.
“The most incredible comedy performance I've ever seen.” (Phil J. as quoted on BBC Radio 2)
“The most important and needed comedy show I've ever seen. Brilliant, hilarious, brave, poignant. I was in stitches the whole time, crying at times from laughter and at times from the gut wrenching honesty of her confessional storytelling. It was a treat. Not to be missed.” (Tara P.)
“Sad, uplifting, courageous, funny, horrific, mind blowing! Unforgettable brilliance!” (Corin J.)
“An incredible story that will make you laugh when you probably want to cry! This woman is amazing!” (Mariana D.)
“I was expecting normal stand-up comedy not a deep thought provoking, funny, sad story of courage” (Jason S.)
“Compelling hour of honest, gutsy and funny stand-up” (Andy K.)
More about Katharine Ferns:
"Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes." * * * * The Wee Review
"Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny." The Scene Magazine
Katharine graduated from Canmore Collegiate High School in 1997/1998. (Yes, she graduated twice somehow) and lived in Canmore until 2008 when she moved to Calgary and then Vancouver for university studies. In 2012, Katharine was a finalist in the Toronto’s Funniest Comedian Contest at Just For Laughs (JFL42) and while in Canada had been the support act for Big Jay Oakerson, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Tom Segura, Sam Tripoli, Baron Vaughn, Brian Redban from Deathsquad and Brendon Walsh.
Katharine was featured on the ichannel (Canada’s political and social issues network) in the stand-up series "No Kidding" and as a panelist on "Inside Joke" in 2014. She also appeared in an episode of MTV's "Losing It" and several theatrical productions with the PineTree Players in Alberta.
In 2014 Katharine moved to the UK to continue her career in her family’s home country. That year she was a finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act Competition and in 2015, Katharine brought her 4 star debut solo show "Conscious, Incompetent" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2016, Katharine returned to Edinburgh with her work-in progress show “Faking It” and split hour with Evelyn Mok to rave reviews and she also was the support act for Dane Baptiste in Northern England.
This year, Katharine brought her new show "Katharine Ferns is in Stitches" to the Leicester Comedy Festival, Glasgow International Comedy Festival and the Greater Manchester Fringe. After the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show will be part of the Mainstage at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September.