Debra DiGiovanni may consider unsolicited marriage proposals.
Anyone who has the guts to do what they want and take the chance on comedy deserves admiration.
—Debra DiGiovanni, comedian
Chances are, you've seen or heard Debra DiGiovanni perform.
The Toronto-based comic has appeared on MuchMusic's Video on Trial, made it to the top 10 of NBC's Last Comic Standing and currently appears on the Comedy Network's Match Game.
She's won numerous comedy awards, hosted awards shows and all in all, found a very comfortable place for herself on the comedy scene. Since she's in town for a couple of shows at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, it seemed like the perfect time to get to know her a little better.
Where was your first standup experience?
In Toronto at an open mic called Spirits. It's been running for almost 15 years now, and is truly one of my fav spots in T.O. It was fantastic. The room was happy, I had a great set and I felt like I'd found what I was looking for.
What made you decide to get into standup?
I knew I wanted to perform in some capacity...but didn't know what it was. I'd been making people laugh all my life, and then hearing from friends, colleagues and teachers that I should 'get on stage' for years. I tried improv, but knew I wanted to be alone up there and It wasn't until 1999 that I took the leap and did stand up.
Who are some comics you admire?
This might sound cheesy, but I admire all comics. Anyone who has the guts to do what they want and take the chance on comedy deserves admiration.
Where are you most often recognized?
Oddly, the airport. I can not go through security without someone saying something - and it's usually as I'm being patted down...
What are people most likely to say to you after they see your show?
You are the funniest person I have ever seen anywhere on earth! WILL YOU MARRY ME!!?? ;)
Actually, it's usually "You remind me of my favorite teacher, babysitter, aunt, friend from high school..." (and the 'you're so funny' stuff).
Debra DiGiovanni performs at the Saturday Night Late Gala - Mars & Venus on April 13th at Pantages and at CBC's The Debaters taping on Sunday April 14th at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.
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