Comics offer up a Survival Guide to Xmas in New West

Trying to survive the holiday season and not sure how you’re going to make it?

Laugh it off.

Laughter Zone 101 is presenting A Comics’ Survival Guide to Xmas, onstage at Lafflines Comedy Club on Thursday, Dec. 5.

A diverse lineup of comics – of different cultures, abilities, orientations and ages – will take to the stage to share their best tips on holiday season survival.

“All of these comics have something going on that is stressful and challenging in their own lives,” said an email about the show. “But they have developed some guidelines that they will share with you to get through the holidays. Laughing together will help us survive.”

A press release shares some info about all the comics:

Comics Survival Guide brochure
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Nic Enright-Morin, a freelance writer and comic with British roots who is always baffled by Canadian traditions, will share comedy grounded in her life as the mother of three kids, four cats and three dogs, as well as having a husband who is bipolar.

Ryan Lachance, a comic living with quad-spastic cerebral palsy, will incorporate his unique perspective as a quadriplegic comic to share personal anecdotes from his family life and the struggles he faces.

Elim Ou, who’s relatively new to the comedy scene, says she also enjoys training Brazilian jiu-jitsu to feel the warmth of human touch that she lacks from doing comedy.

Steve McGowan, a working pro comic who has toured most of Canada, will share comedy influenced by the recent loss of his mother. He’s also busy fundraising in her honour for Langley Hospice.

Ragini Kay tells stories about life with kids who have all flown the nest and about spreading her own wings. She’ll share family stories, including that of her “mail-order husband.”

Nina Wilder, third-place winner in B.C.’s Funniest Female in 2019, is building a comedy career along with being a personal trainer, actor and producer. Her summer was disrupted when her dad fell off the roof and broke both ankles, sending her into the role of Nurse Nina.

Cassie Barradas, a member of Queerprov and The Fictionals, has taught improve at the Toronto Second City Training Centre and is also a writer for CBC comedy.

Lafflines is at 530 Columbia St. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10. See for info, or buy tickets through

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