KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is excited to announce the Sixth Annual Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Fundraiser taking place virtually on March 17th at 7:30 pm.


This year’s show welcomes talented Yuk Yuk’s comedians Matt O’Brien and Julia Hladkowicz, to the virtual stage, as well as local radio personality, Vanessa Murphy from 91.9 BOB FM, who will emcee the evening. Special guest comedian Rebecca Reeds will be returning to her local roots to show love for the community she grew up in.


Tickets are $22 each and proceeds go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, a local non-profit tackling food insecurity across the Kawartha Lakes. Tickets can be purchased online through the Kawartha Lakes Food Source Eventbrite page. After purchasing a ticket, a link for the show will be emailed to each attendee and they will be able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their couch.
The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is proud of adapting this annual event to overcome challenges posed by COVID-19. The Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Fundraiser has become a reliable source of fundraising for the organization over the years, and its loss would have been deeply felt.


“We hope the community will embrace the new way of viewing the Comedy Fundraiser as much as they did the hybrid-style Jolly Jog,” says Kate Dorotheou, Community Engagement Coordinator at Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “If there’s ever a year when we all deserve a good laugh, I think it is this one.”


Matt O’Brien has been a featured performer at Just for Laughs 42, he wrote and performed his own hour long special on The Comedy Network, and he has performed at the Just for Laughs festival gala in Montreal three times. He is the winner of SiriusXM Radio’s Top Comic, and was recently nominated for Best Break Out Artist at the Canadian Comedy Awards. His debut album “Live in a basement in front of 20 people” hit #1 on the iTunes Comedy charts.


Julia Hladkowicz has toured all over North America performing at clubs and festivals. She is a two time finalist in SiriusXM’s Top Comic and has performed numerous times at Just for Laughs 42 in Toronto and is a regular at Just For Laughs in Montreal. Julia has a Canadian Comedy Award nomination and an I Heart Jokes nomination for Best Female Stand-up, with her debut, self-titled comedy album “LAD-KO-WITS” hitting the #1 spot on iTunes comedy.


Rebecca Reeds is a stand-up comedian and writer from right here in Lindsay and an I.E. Weldon graduate. Rebecca has appeared on CBC, SiriusXM, and CBC Comedy where her clip was viewed more than 2 million times. Rebecca has also performed at several festivals across the country, including New Faces Just for Laughs, Toronto’s Just For Laughs 42, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Cottage Country Comedy Festival. Her podcast, Villains Were Right, won Outstanding Debut for a Series at the Canadian Podcast Awards.


For more information email info@kawarthalakesfoodsource.com or call 705-324-0707.