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Anne-Marie Woods (host)
Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani is the winner of the 2013 BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, the Bob Marley Day Award and an East Coast Music Award. Amani is a multi-disciplinary artist known for her spoken word, arts education work, producing and directing but also comedy! She got her start doing comedy with her One Woman Shows including I’m Just Sittin at the Derby Waiting for My Ship to Come In, which was part of Harbourfront’s Omiala Festival, and Waiting to Explode, a main stage show at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Her stand-up debut back in the day was at The Second City’s Eclectic Circus hosted by Lisa Merchant and she's been performing in the Second City Diversity Nights and at several Storytelling Events in the GTA. Her new play She Said/He Said, a painful and comedic look at Black Love in Toronto will have its debut in April at the MAI in Montreal as part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Main Season. Amani will literally get you out of your seat and on to the stage to re-introduce you to some of her comedic characters like Sarspirilla Bendova the Brit who loves African American culture and Lequida Lekuisha Laquanda Shryrifa Tanika Marsipia Jones the Gangsta Jazz Singer.
Keesha is what happens when you mix a street-smart Montreal-born Canadian, with Jamaican roots and the complex diversity of Toronto's cutthroat entertainment scene. A 2015 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee for Best Female Stand-up Comedian and former headliner at Kenny Robinson's Nubian Showcase at Yuk Yuk's, Keesha has also starred in the SheDot Comedy Festival, MTV Canada's Losing It and has appeared at the FunnyBone Comedy Club in Syracuse, New York. She is a former Second City and Humber College graduate.
Chevannes Zabrina has more to juggle than most – between taking care of her two active children and a day job as a nurse, Zabrina still finds the time to do stand-up comedy. A regular on Kenny Robinson's Nubian Comedy show on the Yuk Yuk's circuit, she has also performed at the Canuck Cabaret at the New York Frigid Festival. Zabrina's comedy has been featured on the Comedy Network's Cream of Comedy. When she hits the mic she's one of the most exuberant and cheerful stand-ups working in the city.
Coko & Daphney
Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph are two best friends who love comedy, music and each other. Coko Galore is an African-Chinese performer and producer originally from London, UK. Daphney Joseph is a Haitian-Canadian performer from Montreal, Quebec. This duo met on the Toronto improv scene and are both graduates of The Second City Training Centre's Conservatory and Longform Programs. Coko & Daphney have performed at various festivals in North America, including Big City Improv Festival 2014 & 2015 (Toronto), Del Close Marathon 17/2015 (New York City) and the Montreal Improv Festival (Montreal). Come watch these two kooky ladies perform their rapid fire scenes filled with fresh, unique perspectives, laughs and curlz!