"Drop Dead Funny; The Deborah Jarvis Memorial Comedy Jam" was a phenomenal success. A sold-out house enjoyed some of Canada's most talented comics giving their all in a worthy cause, the The Deborah Jarvis Fund for Canadian Comediennes.

70 people, friends, family and admirers of Deb, turned out on Sunday, June 23 (Deborah and her husband, John's, wedding anniversary) in the afternoon at the John Candy Box Theatre at Second City in downtown Toronto. They got 90 minutes of laughs, memories and great comedy.

Here's the line-up of the Deborah Jarvis Players:
  • Colin Mochrie : Long famous to Canadian TV audiences for his role on Whose Line is it Anyway, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Colin worked with Deborah in the Second City Touring Company too many years ago to mention here.

  • Deb Kimmett : With a background in Acme Harpoon Company with Deborah Jarvis, and later, The Two Debs with her, and the Second City Touring Company, Deborah is one of Deborah's oldest friends.

  • Ed Sahely : Another alumnus of the Second City Touring Company, and a great friend of Deborah's.

  • Lindsay Leese : An alumna of the Second City Touring Company, and also Acme Harpoon Company with Deborah.

  • Tom Mellisis : Canadian TV audiences will recognize Tom from De Grassi, The Next Generation and De Grassi Junior High, and he is another alumnus of the Second City Touring Company.

  • Mrs Pat Yeatman : A dear friend of Deb's, Mrs Pat is also an alumna of the Second City Touring Company and The Two Debs.

  • Barb Muller : Barb is an alumna of the Second City Touring Company, and also worked with The Two Debs.

  • Julia Bennett : A writer and producer, Julia was a member of the nascent comedy group Don't Worry Mom, back in the day.

  • Barry Stevens : Barry is a documentary producer and writer, an alumnus of Acme Harpoon Company, and a founding member of Don't Worry Mom.

Lindsay Leese and Tom Melissis are getting catty with each other.

Julia Bennett and Barry Stevens discuss "Artists With Animal Last Names".

Mrs Pat Yeatman, Ed Sahely, Barry Stevens and Julia Bennett enjoy the show from the cheap seats.

Tom Melissis, Colin Mochrie and Lindsay Leese are rehearsing.

Barb Muller, Lindsay Leese, Tom Melissis Mrs Pat Yeatman and Ed Sahely argue over the barbecue.

John Corbett chokes up addressing the audience.

The tape of the complete show, all 90 minutes and suitable for home viewing, is available to those who make a donation to the The Deborah Jarvis Fund for Canadian Comediennes by clicking on this link.


Next Year

Keep your eye on this space. This edition of Drop Dead Funny was just the First Annual Deborah Jarvis Memorial Comedy Jam.

"Drop Dead Funny" will be back in 2020. Look out for The Deborah Jarvis Players then.


The Deborah Jarvis Fund for Canadian Comediennes

Deborah Jarvis (1954 to 2019) was a gifted comic and a prolific writer. To honour her memory, her friends have founded The Deborah Jarvis Fund for Canadian Comediennes, an annual gift which will be awarded to a female comic at the beginning of her career. The Drop Dead Funny benefit will raise money for this fund.

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