Canadian Comedians Beat Americans to the Punch: Form First Association of Stand Up Comics to Lobby for Artist Rights
Our next Comedy Records showcase happens Monday (April 2) at New York Comedy Club. As always the lineup will feature a combination of New York and Toronto’s finest comedians with this month’s show doubling as an album release party for Sandra Battaglini’s LP, Baby Jeez. The album was recorded at the JFL 42 festival last September and debuts on Raw Dog Radio on Sirius XM this weekend.
Battaglini is an award-winning comedian and has been featured on national TV as well as several Canadian festivals including Just For Laughs. While she’s known to her peers as one of the most respected comedians in the country, the Toronto-based comic has recently gained attention off-stage by trying to fix Canada’s broken comedy industry.
Battaglini is the leading voice behind the Canadian Association of Stand Up Comedians. The group launched earlier this month alongside a petition, with goal of having stand up comedy recognized as an art form by the federal government and therefore eligible for artist grants.
Interrobang spoke with Battaglini learn more about The Association and its goals.