Stand-up: taking to the comedy stage for the first time

Despite the fear and core-shaking anxiety, Vanessa Caldwell wanted to try stand-up comedy and she recently took the stage for the first time with some help from the all­-girl stand­-up class, Comedy Girl.
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Picture this: You're alone on a stage, bright lights are shining on you making the audience seem like a hazy mirage. But the lump in your throat reminds you, they're all too real. And now ... you need to make them laugh.

Despite the fear and core-shaking anxiety, Vanessa Caldwell wanted to try stand-up comedy. She recently got up on stage for the first time with some help from the all­-girl stand­-up class, Comedy Girl. But when it came time to perform, it was just her and that microphone.

Despite the fear and core-shaking anxiety, Vanessa Caldwell wanted to try stand-up comedy. She recently got up on stage for the first time with some help from an all-girl stand-up class. 2:18

Dawn Whitwell (Liam Maloney/CBC)
Top 5 female comics to watch in Canada from Comedy Girl instructor, Dawn Whitwell 

  1. Sara Hennessey
  2. Aisha Brown
  3. Sandra Battaglini
  4. Jackie Pirico
  5. Jess Beaulieu

About the producer

Vanessa Caldwell
Vanessa Caldwell is a digital producer at CBC Parents and Kids' CBC (and an aspiring stand-up comedian). She's also worked with The Current, As It Happens, q, and other shows as a digital producer at CBC Radio. She lives in Toronto.