OPPORTUNITY: Toronto (And possibly Belleville, ON)

Position Overview:

Stand UP for Student Well Being (www.suswb.ca) is looking to expand its cadre of
experienced female and male comedians interested in working with school-aged youth in their
unique program. Successful applicants would be trained to work with youth, in groups and
individually, coaching them in writing and performing short stand up comedy routines. This
fun, positive experience aims to enhance youth confidence and resilience – both key parts of
their mental health and well being. Stand UP for Student Well Being turns youth problems
into punchlines to ease anxiety and promote inclusion, mental health, well-being and literacy.

Key Dates:
Applications Due: September 15, 2018
Interview Date: September 22, 2018
Free Training Date: November 9, 2018

Knowledge and Experience Requirements:

  • performance experience in stand up, improv or sketch ‘clean’ comedy (punching up a
    joke, tagging a joke, joke jamming, etc)
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a colleague
  • interest in working with school-aged youth (grades 4 – 12)
  • experience in working with youth would be an asset
  • excellent communication skills, especially in assisting youth in writing comedy
  • ability to adapt to quickly changing situations – improvisation is an asset


  • Successful candidates must perform a clean 2 minute set at the interview
  • Successful candidates must have a clear Police Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Successful candidates must be able to work days, Monday to Friday, on a flexible
    schedule, in locations around Toronto and Peel, and possibly in the Belleville area,
    most often in schools.

Job Description:

  • work collaboratively with a Comedian Coach colleague to deliver either a one day or a
    six-day program
  • perform or model stand up comedy for youth in a fun positive atmosphere
  • generate comedy material spontaneously based on youth personal stories
  • using the Stand Up for Student Well-Being Playbook, guide youth in using literacy skills to write stand-up comedy and then perform it
  • become mindful of current youth issues relating to well being and mental health.

How to Apply:

By September 15, 2018, go to www.suswb.ca, click on Job Opportunities and complete the
Application Form. Then, email your resume and any questions to Sue Stephenson, Executive
Director at suestephenson@suswb.ca Successful applicants will be notified of an interview.