It Helps to Have a Sense of Humour

Haven Toronto announces Hurts To Laugh, a hilarious fundraiser featuring Improv, Stand-Up and Mime. It's 3 nights of comedy, 2 laugh out loud shows, for 1 terrific cause.

Hurts To Laugh kicks off December 3rd with the return of 'Improv Haven' starring NOTORIOUS. The night of improv features an appearance by clients of Haven Toronto. "I'm excited to raise some money for a worthy cause," says Mat Mailandt of NOTORIOUS. "But equally important, Haven Toronto clients are going to get the chance to get on stage."

Since early October, the cast of NOTORIOUS has been hosting improv workshops for elder homeless men at Haven Toronto, 170 Jarvis Street in Toronto. Taking what they have learned, the men of Haven Toronto will perform as a troupe at 'Improv Haven', some returning to the Comedy Bar spotlight following a successful debut this past March.

Night two of Hurts To Laugh is 'A Stand-Up Cause', a presentation of Jay Michaels from 'The Rush with Ryan and Jay' on NEWSTALK 1010, December 7th at 9:30pm.

'A Stand-Up Cause' features comedian, writer and producer, Daryn Jones of Rick Mercer Report and MTV Live. Daryn will be joined by Tim Steeves (The Mercer Report), Aisha Brown (The Beaverton, Just For Laughs), Chris Locke (Just For Laughs, Laugh Sabbath), Arthur Simeon (Just For Laughs, The Debaters, HBO) and Sandra Battaglini (CBC, NBC).

Hurts To Laugh concludes on December 21st at 7pm with the holiday hit, 'Silent Night'. Brother and half-sister act, Alec and Maura Merc mime classic Christmas carols. Fans are welcome to join in if they don't know the words.

To help the homeless, it helps to have a sense of humour. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds support Haven Toronto, a drop-in centre for elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men age 50+.

Open 365 days a year from 8am to 5pm, Haven Toronto provides access to crisis and housing counsellors, on-site nurses, dental hygienists and barbers, and 3 nutritious meals a day plus emergency clothing, showers, laundry and more. Last year, Haven Toronto served over 45000 meals and distributed over 9600 articles of emergency clothing.

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