The Joy of Aging – Nov 10th 2013

logoThe Joy of Aging- Nov 10th 2013- Riviera Parque
I will be hosting this year’s gala. Dr. Marla Shapiro will be the guest speaker.
Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Janine Purves – co-chair of the Joy of Aging Gala 2013.
So Janine, tell me, what exactly is The Joy Of Aging?
The Joy of Aging is all about women celebrating women, aging gracefully and having fun doing it. It’s s about camaraderie, fun and supporting our local hospital & The Mackenzie Health Foundation.
What is this year’s focus and who is your main speaker?
The focus of this year’s Joy of Aging is on menopause. We are thrilled to have Dr. Marla Shapiro as our guest speaker. We’ve had lots of requests in the past for her. Every year we try to get a great speaker who can really help us – one who understands the facets of aging. Dr. Shapiro is going to be talking about menopause- behind the headline news. Hopefully, we will learn many things and have a lot of fun doing it.
Tell us about the rest of the events planned for the day?
There is a breakfast included and we try to make the event exciting. We have some activities for participants including massage therapy in exchange for a small donation. You can get your hair and make-up touched up, for again, a small donation. As a result, you will look and feel great.
There will also be a silent auction and there is also a plan to have a raffle. There will be all sorts of interesting vendors and sponsors who will specifically cater to the women who are there. There will also be all sorts of stuff to buy for a good deal.
Last year, I hear there was a big purchasing hit.
Yes, the Jeanne Lottie ( handbags were a big hit last year!
Anything else?
We’re also looking to have winetasting this year.
What do proceeds from The Joy of Aging go towards?
Proceeds from The Joy of Aging will go towards our local hospital. This is all about the community and local businesses getting together for the local hospital – Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. All proceeds will go towards Mackenzie Health Foundation.
This year, we are trying to raise $50,000 to help with the purchase of an MRI scanner. We would like to get a second permanent one at the hospital.
Why are community donations so important?
York region is one of the fastest growing areas in all of North America- not just Canada. We really need extra funding because government funding doesn’t actually pay for equipment. As a result, community donations really do help to make a difference.
How much has The Joy of Aging raised in the past?
This is our fifth year. The Joy of Aging has raised about 115,000 dollars in the past four years. Every year, the event has grown. People keep coming back!
Do you still have room for last minute sponsors?
Yes, if you would like to become a sponsor for The Joy of Aging, please feel free to contact us by telephone at (905)707-5220 or email Sean for more information at Visit to get involved.
*Early bird tickets are $65 until Oct 1 2013

Relieving Stress with Humour with PDI/ CMA Ontario

Las Vegas??? Try Markham and the lovely ( cue deep announcer voice) Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall! Had a wonderful time last night presenting ‘Relieving Stress with Humour’ to PDI/CMA of Ontario. Thanks everyone  Next time, let’s get Celine to be the opening act! Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall

My interview with Joan Rivers- Happy 80th birthday Joan!!

My interview with Joan Rivers- Happy 80th birthday Joan!!

I was fortunate enough to interview Joan Rivers a few years back at Roy Thomson Hall. She was amazing.
Quick as a whip, self deprecating and a blast to chat with.
Happy Birthday Joan. Can’t believe you’re 80! Keep making us laugh!
Here was our interview:
Speaking in front of 2700 people at Roy Thomson Hall and 7 things that I learned interviewing Joan Rivers

by  on MAY 18, 2011
I was fortunate enough to open for Joan Rivers at Roy Thomson Hall this week. Before the show, I met her backstage.
She was actually pretty quiet, nervous probably. It’s amazing to see that even after doing comedy for 40+ years, those pre-show nerves never quite leave you. I was a bit nervous too and I was only doing a fraction of the time she was doing off the top of the show. I would interview her on stage after her act for half an hour in front of more than 2000 people and that’s what I was more pre-occupied with.
Everybody asks me what Joan Rivers looks like close up. Well yes, she looks like she’s had work. A lot of work but she would be the first person to tell you that.  She’s also seventy-eight years old!
So I went on first. The audience was great. They were in a fabulous mood.
Whereas most comics want you to introduce them with 80 credits, Joan Rivers who has 8000 credits basically says, ‘ Aw heck, just bring me up.’
Joan Rivers took the stage and the audience loved her. She was up there for fifty minutes. It was an assortment of signature machine- gun- one -liners combined with some very funny and very sad stories about her life (most of which are covered in her edgy documentary A Piece of Work. I highly recommend that you see it.)
If you think for one second that Joan Rivers wants you to feel sorry for her, think again. No way. She reminds me of one of those army commanders leaning over a soldier who is crumpled on the ground with dirt caked on his face. ‘Get up! Get up! What are you?’
After Joan finished her set, I joined her on stage and we talked for thirty minutes. I had nothing to worry about. She was warm, humble, engaging and hilarious.
So here are 7 things that I learned about Joan Rivers:
1)  Joan Rivers is a friend of  Camilla and Charles- she has a crush on Charles. She says he’s funny, charming and still holds a door open for a lady. Joan says if she could have actively pursued Charles back in the day, Camilla wouldn’t have stood a chance!
2) Joan sleeps about 5 to 6 hours a night. She doesn’t really have any hobbies. Her work is her hobby and she loves it.
3)  I asked Joan what’s the first thing that she bought  when she knew she  ‘made it.’ That was  after her debut on the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson looked over at her  and said, ‘ You’re going to be a big star.’
She said she bought herself a mink.
4) I asked Joan why did she thought Johnny Carson was so mad at her for not taking The Tonight Show gig after he retired? ( Carson had selected Joan Rivers but she turned it down because Fox offered her her own Late Night Show for FIFTEEN times the amount that NBC was going to pay her. NBC figured that you would just be GRATEFUL to work at their network!)
Joan said when she called Johnny and told him that she was taking the Fox gig,  he slammed the phone down on her. She called him again and he slammed the down the phone again. In fact, Carson never spoke to her after that. When Joan’s husband, Edgar committed suicide, Johnny didn’t contact her. When Johnny’s own son died in a car accident, Joan sent Johnny flowers. Carson didn’t respond.  Joan said Carson probably wouldn’t have treated her that way if she were a man. She said she thought Carson was  mad because she represented yet another woman leaving him.
5) Aside from now being blackballed from NBC, Joan’s show on Fox continued to have major problems. Joan’s husband Edgar did not see eye to eye with network mogul Rupert Murdoch. They continued to fight and Fox eventually told Joan that she would have to fire her husband. When Joan refused, Fox fired them both.As she reveals in the documentary and on stage, the failure was too big for Edgar. He committed suicide. Joan said she wasn’t home, when someone called the house with the news about Edgar. They told Melissa, her daughter and asked her to pass the news onto Joan.
6)  I asked her who was the craziest celebrity she ever interviewed on the red carpet?  She said he wasn’t crazy but he was probably one of the nastiest- Russell Crowe.
7)  I asked her what Donald Trump was really like.  She says he’s very professional and turned up on the set many times  of Celebrity Apprentice  at 7 am. She also thinks he would make a great president…eeek. And we’re done.
Seriously, it was a terrific evening and I hope that we can do it again. She hates to hear this but Joan Rivers is a  pioneer and a trailblazer for female comics. As stated in ‘ A Piece of Work’, Rivers says that Phyllis Diller was doing comedy until she was 92. Joan Rivers hopes to beat that record.
You just never know. While most of us were still waking up and getting out of bed,Joan Rivers was already heading to the airport to catch a flight to Vancouver for her next show.


Attn: Speakers -Secret Skills of Master Presenters

Ottawa -June 1st – Ernst and Young Convention Centre
Attention Speakers/ Comedians/ Writers
Hey folks- Have you ever sat through someone’s powerpoint or presentation and I though, oye, I’d rather stick a curling iron in my eye and turn it on.
On June 1st, I’ll show you how to add comedy and creativity to any presentation, meeting, copyright or keynote!
I’ll show you techniques  that have been around in writing rooms, improv classes and comedy stages across north America.
Join me June 1st in Ottawa at the Ernst and Young Convention Centre with my good friends Saul Jacobson and Steve Lowell.
We’ll be  teaching our workshop, ” The Secret Skills of Master Presenters.”
I promise, it’s going to be fun. No curling irons!
For tickets drop me a line or go to

May Newsletter: Sissy Spacek, "Stand Up For The Girls" and Master Class!

Hi folks,
Two big events coming up this month and a TEASE for next month..can you stand it?

Sissy Spacek

May 13th Roy Thomson Hall- I will be interviewing Sissy Spacek!
I hear that she has a great sense of humour.
The interview will be very interactive. I will be taking questions from the audience. Maybe folks will want to ask Sissy a couple of questions too. Haha!

Stand Up For The Girls

CIBC’s Run for the Cure in Sudbury has aligned with Stand Up For The Girls May 31st. I’m happy to report that half of the VIP tickets were sold even before the event hit the streets!
All VIP tickets are SOLD OUT- 22 tables of 10!
In total, 560 tickets are being sold and they are going fast.
For more info, or to bring ‘Stand Up For The Girls’ to your city, please feel free to drop me a line.
So far, Stand Up For The Girls and Laughlines have helped raise over $650,000 for breast cancer research.
"Stand-Up for the Girls"

Coming Up Next Month

June 1st -Nation’s Capital – Master Class
Attention Ottawa Speakers! June Ist The Secret Skills – Speakers Master Class at the Ernst and Young Convention Centre.
Judy Croon - The Secret Skills
I will be joined by my good friends and fellow speakers, Saul Jacobson and Steve Lowell for an exciting workshop. Tickets are selling faster than Mama Mia re-union concert so make sure, you book early and bring your favourite white jumpsuit ( JUST kidding)

–Have a fabulous May everyone! xo