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May 2019

Interrobang on CASC in Ottawa

2019-05-30T15:39:38-05:00

Canadian Comedians Heading to Capitol to Lobby for Rights. Here’s What They’re Asking For. If you read the original version of “I’m Dying Up Here”- the book not the Showtime tv series, then you know that comedians talking about unionizing, banding together for rights, is not unheard of here in the states. But it’s also [...]

Sandra on iPolitics

2019-05-20T13:40:09-05:00

The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians is on Parliament Hill this week lobbying for formal recognition as artists, government funding, and help making a smoother entry into the United States when working on shows. This is not a laughing matter because, right now, comedians aren’t eligible for government funding through the Canada Council for the [...]

February 2019

June 2018

Is Comedy Art?

2018-06-22T16:46:12-05:00

By CANADALAND With less than a month left until her final set on the Second City stage, Aliya realizes that she's not totally sold on standup. So she talks to Sandra Battaglini, a comedian who's petitioning the government to recognize comedy as an art form that's worth funding, and the art duo Life of a [...]

March 2018

CBC Radio interviews Sandra

2019-05-20T13:45:19-05:00

No laughing matter: Canadian standup comedians demand more respect After 33 years, the comedy album of the year category is making its return to the Junos this weekend. It's a small win in an ongoing battle for Canadian comedians to be fully recognized as artists, which also ties in with their efforts to have access to government funding. The Canadian Association of [...]

Stand-up comedians take a crack at government funding – Toronto Star

2019-05-20T12:17:38-05:00

What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance? The first one is eligible for government arts funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that Canadian arts institutions don’t recognize stand-up comedy under the umbrella [...]

October 2016

Sandra in Exclaim!

2017-02-09T18:11:01-05:00

Sara Hennessey, Garrett Jamieson and Sandra Battaglini Help Launch Comedy Records/Exclaim! Standup Showcase Toronto-based comic and Sudbury native Sandra Battaglini makes her STC debut and so does Steve Pigozzo, who now works in TV, film and theatre in Toronto. Alessandro Costantini, founding artistic director of YES Theatre stars in the production as does veteran STC [...]

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