The Mayor of Comedy

Documentary Film Review by Andrew Shaw

Last night I was treated to a pre-screening of The Mayor of Comedy, a documentary by Matt Kelly about the rise of the Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC), and its co-founder Sandra Battaglini.

The film is well shot and very informative. If you haven’t been following the CASC story – it’s a recently founded grass roots association dedicated to advocating for the Canadian stand-up comedy industry.

The documentary inserts the viewer directly into the dilemma by following the story of Ms. Battaglini as a professional comedian and the perils of the industry for aspiring Canadian talent.

The film does a great job of highlighting the ways comedy artists are supposed to make money, and the institutional barriers that make it tough for talent to break out of Canada.


About The Author


Andy is a long-time web & media producer with offices in Toronto & Montreal. When he’s in corporate disguise wearing a suit, he’s an executive working as a VP with a national marketing outfit. When out on the street, Andy is a fast talking knowledge fire-hose, with a propensity for wearing red fedora’s and rolling around town in a blacked-out Lincoln.

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