The temperature is dropping, leaves are starting to turn but in Lake Country, fall is not the only thing in the air.
You may hear the heartwarming sound of laughter when passing by Creekside Theater as autumn turns a leaf on improving mental health for residents through comedy and magic.
The theatre is featuring four comedy acts to help residents reconnect with their funny bone. Local organizations are working to improve mental health services in the area and bringing the events to town with the aim of helping to reduce stidgma and build coping skills people need to live better lives.
“We know people are hesitant to talk about personal mental health struggles, and yet we all benefit when those issues are talked about. We all struggle and can benefit from a good laugh, and some tools to help us cope with the life’s challenges,” Lake Country Health executive director Melissa Scaman said. “This fall we are working with the Theatre to bring experts and those who are willing to share about their mental health challenges, so we can help to build our personal health toolbox and start those important conversations in our community to address depression, anxiety, and life’s current challenges. This year we will be offering support groups, films, and speakers who can help us improve how we cope.”
Presented by Train Wreck Comedy, the James Mullinger Embrace Where You Live Comedy Tour had a sold-out Sept. 28 show.
There’s two chances to check out Canadian comedian Jon Dore, actor and writer who has infused his comedic abilities into hit television shows and films on Oct. 8. Dore has had multiple guest appearances on Conan, Baroness Von Sketch Show, @Midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, and Hart of Dixie and he also recently wrapped his stand-up special for Comedy Central.
Join the Bi-polar Buddha, Big Daddy Tazz presented by Lake Country-Health Oct. 14 and 15 as he brings light and laughter for those living with mental Illness, by raising awareness that stigma effects all of us. Described as “one of the most talented comics in the business,” Tazz speaks candidly about his struggles, and ultimately his triumphs, over not only being diagnosed with mental illness, but facing the terrifying stigma that surrounds it.
A night of magic and laughter comes to town Nov. 5 with Ryan Michael, internationally award-winning illusionist and entertainer. Performing hundreds of shows across the country, Michael has amazed audiences on and off stage for the last decade. He has been awarded the Canadian CloseUp Magician of the Year, the Canadian Mentalist of the year, and the Tony Eng People’s Choice award.
Shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $35-39, through ticketseller.ca.