Upcoming Events

Hey, everybody! Join us for Word Up’s next event. We’ll be hosting the next event In-Person at the Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, and Online as well.

Thursday, May 12th @ 7 pm

Comedy Writing Panel

We’re Live and In-Person!

Barrie Public Library – Downtown Branch | 60 Worsley St, Barrie, ON L4M 1L6
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Meeting ID: 867 3481 2110 | Passcode: 260341

Stand-up comedy is one of the most difficult of the arts. Writing scenes with humour can also be a Stand-up comedy is one of the most difficult of the arts. Writing scenes with humour can also be a struggle in any genre. This is your opportunity to gain the tips and tricks of writing to illicit laughter from some of the bravest souls – comedians. 

Join our three panellists, Steve Cooke and Griffin Toplinksy, TV writers andco-hosts of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated podcast Killed to Death, and comic playwright Brendan Main.

We look forward to Open Mic after the Panel, so bring your writing and share your voice!

Brendan Main

Brendan Main is a playwright and comedy writer in Midland. His comedy shows, written for troupes Good Morning Apocalypse and The Ringos, have appeared across Ontario – including the fringe show Thirteen Ways the World Ends, which was a patron’s pick of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Locally, he writes screwball comedies and murder mysteries for community theatres. He doesn’t have a podcast, but he does have four cats, and will tell you all about them.

Steve Cooke

Steve Cooke is a writer and comedian in Toronto. He’s worked on a variety of TV shows from Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series on Netflixto Creeped Out on the CBBCHe has improvised for years as a member of the The Kids’ Table. You can currently catch him performing some place on some show I’m sure. He is also the co-host of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated podcast Killed to Death. 

Click here to check out the Podcast

Griffin Toplitksy

Griffin Toplitsky is a Toronto based writer and improviser. As a performer, he was one of Bad Dog Theatre’s Featured Players, performed regularly with improv group The Kids’ Table, and has appeared at Toronto Sketchfest, Seattle Sketchfest, Detroit Improv Festival, and the Montreal Improv Festival, among others. To actually make money, he works in television, having recently produced and written 3 episodes of Canadian Screen Award nominated children’s program Gabby’s Farm.

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