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For most parents, a night away from the kids follows the same predictable arc: Call the babysitter, have a quick bite out and maybe squeeze in an early show before rushing home to put junior to bed
Not so for stand-up comic Kate Davis.
“I lived in Thornhill, Ont., and one night I just needed to get out and nothing was open except for a nearby comedy club,” she says. “So I went there and as I was watching the other comics, I felt as if I had met a new boyfriend or had my first-kiss.”
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To Davis, a mother of three, stand-up comedy has always been an escape. “I lived around the corner from a comedy club,” she says of the first time she tried amateur night, “and needed to get out of the house.” Davis is a regular on the Yuk Yuk’s comedy circuit and is now doing public speaking, lecturing audiences on the importance of humour in parenting. “My material is just how I feel as a mother, as a woman. I’m just too tired to lie.
“ Line “We moved out of the city because of the kids – but they found us…. I’m not your average soccer mom. If my kid scores, I just honk from the car.”
Most of us, when we think back about our mothers on Mother's Day, will remember her as a homemaker, a teacher, or something fairly "normal." But I doubt any of us remember our mothers doing stand-up.
Leave Them Laughing - 10th Annual March of Dames comedy festival a gut-busting affair. They say women have an extra rib, one more than a man does; maybe that extra rib is really the mythical funny bone the female persuasion possesses.
Following a litany of genital gags that came courtesy of the male comics preceding her, Davis, 34, nominated for Best Female Stand-up in this year’s Canadian Comedy Awards, opened with: “I have a penis, too.
Davis, a native of Toronto, is one of the few comedian-mothers working in Canada. To wit: “We went to the Science Centre and some guy was talking about minerals, and he asked the kids what salt was for…My kids screamed out Tequila.”
She’s a rare combo of mother and comedian It’s not the typical playground moms will find themselves in. In a few minutes, Kate Davis, one of the few professional comedian-moms in Canada, will get to play – hitting the stage with her stand-up routine.
Moms in all their fascinating permutations will be suitably remembered and honoured on Canadian television this weekend. There will be a mom on strike, a mother spider, grandmothers who cook, sing and dance, mothers and daughters feuding and reconciling and, yes, mothers giving birth.
Kate Davis is one Funny Mommy™
The Toronto comic is unapologetic about who she is. Armed with only five years experience as a stand-up, but with a wry sense of humour that can catch you off-guard,