Life is Funny Comedy Fundraiser

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Live Comedy Fundraiser for Aunt Leah's Place

Life is Funny Comedy Fundraiser


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March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Rio Theatre


Presented by Syd Bosel and Friends

There’s nothing like a good laugh and a great cause to liven up the mood! Join us for an unforgettable live comedy night with award winning stand-up comics featured in Just For Laughs, the House of Comedy, and more. To add to the lightheartedness, by attending you make a lasting positive impact helping foster youth, moms, and babies.

Featuring Syd Bosel & Ray Morrison
Hosted by Helen Schneiderman
And special guest, Janice Bannister

Tickets available now at RIOTHEATERTICKETS.CA

Early Bird Tickets $25 (until February 12)
General Admission Tickets $35
VIP Reserved Front Centre Seats $45

If you wish to make a donation, please visit our donation page

There will be a 50/50 Raffle Draw and all attendees are encouraged to participate! Raffle tickets will be available at the door. 

Doors 6:15 pm | Show 7:00 pm


About the Event

Helen Schneiderman

Helen Schneiderman

Helen Schneiderman got into stand-up comedy a few years ago as a way to get off her couch. Her comedy draws from her varied life experiences and trips around the globe. She’s not afraid to share — the good, the bad and the ugly — and audiences love her sincere and relatable style. Helen has performed all across the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. She was in CBC’s 2019 “NextUp Top 100”; won her preliminary round of the “2019 Yuk Off” contest; came second in the 2019 “BC’s Funniest New Female Comic” contest; and was the opening comic on the 2020 “I Am Woman Hear Me Laff” tour and 2022 “Chutzpah Festival”.  Helen’s favourite review: “I really liked the pretty one with the lovely accent”.


Syd Bosel

Syd Bosel

Syd Bosel spills your life out onto the stage as she shares her tales of having “Adult” children, surviving breast cancer, menopause, and other glories of nature. Syd did her comedy training, and cut her comedy teeth in Vancouver, and recently moved to Comox, BC. She has won numerous awards, placing first and voted as the Fan Favourite in the 2018, BC’s Funniest New Female Comic competition. In 2022, Syd placed 2nd out of 60 comics, in the “Funniest Person with a Day Job” Competition. She has performed for numerous shows and fundraisers. She can be heard on Spotify on the Just for Laughs comedy album, “Poor Man’s Hummus” and is a regular on the “Jest Ladies” Troupe. Syd’s favourite review; “That older lady was really funny”


Ray Morrison

Ray Morrison

Ray Morrison, the “Elder Statesman of Vancouver Comedy”, has won the “One Hitter Quitter” comedy competition over 140 other competitors, and was a two time semi-finalist in the Great Canadian Yuk-off competition. He has performed for audiences at several locations including House of Comedy, Yuk Yuk’s, various brew pubs, and restaurant and at fundraisers for Synagogues and the Ethiopian Canadian Association.


Janice Bannister

Janice Bannister

Janice Bannister walked on the stand-up comedy stage 20 years ago. During her first year of stand- up comedy, she won “Comics with a Day Job” and “Funniest New Female”. She then went on to perform at Just for Laughs and numerous other gigs across Canada, US and Costa Rica. She has toured with Debra DiGiovanni and has featured and headlined at the House of Comedy and Yuk Yuks. Janice is the owner and instructor of Laughter Zone 101 stand-up comedy school. And she has put new comics on the stage from ages 8-86 years old. In her twenty years of comedy Janice has produced over 736 comedy shows featuring many of her former students. Janice is also a corporate speaker, on “Laughter as a Wellness Tool”. She combines her years as a Psychiatric Nurse with her life as a stand-up comedian, to bring audiences laughter tips for their mental and spiritual well being.


About Aunt Leah’s Place

Aunt Leah’s place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and vulnerable women from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills. Aunt Leah’s was evaluated by Charity Intelligence as one of the Top 10 Impact Charities delivering returns of 6 times for every dollar donated.

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Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.