Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance alumna Brie Watson is performing at the school’s showcase at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club next Tuesday.
The showcase, known as “Amateur Night”, is a weekly event for students and graduates of Humber’s School of Comedy to perform.
Watson says amateur night is a great learning opportunity for students to perform with experienced alumni and improve their craft.
She graduated from her program in 2012. Her first degree was in political science at the University of Ottawa.
Watson didn’t decide to make a career switch until she became a tour guide at the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial. She says she had the ability to always make people laugh while giving tours and liked that about herself.
It wasn’t until a friend introduced her to Humber’s comedy program that she decided to seriously pursue comedy.
“I thought there was no way you could go to school for comedy or even to teach comedy,” she said.
Watson does several types of comedy from improv to sketches to stand-up. But she says she is mainly focusing on performing imrov at the moment.
She is the producer of improv shows “What if? Improvising Your Alternate Universe” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Improv?”
Watson is a member of improv troupes Chakra Khan, Baewatch, PERSONS and Cinderelniño.
She also performs alongside David Lahti in the comedy sketch duo The Utilidors. They had their first international performance at the 2016 Boston Comedy Arts Festival.
Watson also teaches the educational program at The Second City Training Centre and produces a weekly sketch night at Comedy Bar in Toronto.
Yuk Yuk’s has been around for 40 years and has been a stage for many famous Canadian comics. The comedy club has had performances by comedians Jim Carrey, Russell Peters and Humber alumna Nikki Payne.
Founder of amateur night at Yuk Yuk’s and Humber School of Comedy professor Larry Horowitz started the weekly show a dozen years ago.
“I started the Humber Tuesday night shows as an opportunity for our students to have a real stage and a real audience,” he said.
Horowitz is one of the founders and original investors in Yuk Yuk’s international as well as a former Yuk Yuk’s comic. He was a headliner at the comedy club and has performed stand-up at night clubs and TV shows around the world.
Watson will be joining Humber School of Comedy students on stage for amateur night at Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club next week from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.