February 2 at 8:00pm: Brad Muise with Donovan Deschner
In June 2000, following a life-long dream to perform stand-up comedy, 37 year old pharmaceutical sales representative Brad Muise stepped on stage for the first time at an open-mic show in Vancouver, BC. Flash forward to 2006 and you’ll find Brad Muise is quickly becoming one of the top headliners touring and performing corporate comedy throughout Canada today. Having written and performed for both CBC TV’s Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, and CBC Radio One’s new comedy “The Debaters”, he has found his place in Canadian show business.
Throwing away his academic potential, Donovan Deschner began performing professionally right out of high school. Since that time his skills and reputation have grown from the close-knit circles of his parents’ friends into a career that has spanned over a decade and reached across the continent. A city-boy born to farmer-parents instilled in Donovan a work ethic that has rippled throughout his many projects. Working diligently not just in front of audiences but behind the scenes as well has resulted in the creation of new shows, films and festivals. Donovan’s signature project, 260 Minutes, was the ultimate creative challenge to himself. Starting in May of 2012 he wrote, performed and posted to YouTube five new minutes of stand-up comedy every single week for a year. It’s a feat that (to his knowledge) has not been attempted before or since. Throughout the year of new material (about five hours when all was said and done) audiences were given a look at what makes Donovan tick: stories from his childhood, awkward interactions with other humans and old fashioned observations combined into an experience that ensures each of his shows will have you laughing from your belly and rolling in the aisles.