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Winnipeg's 89-year-old comedian
The Winnipeg's Gone Wacky competition is on again this year and voters have picked the 10 finalists who will compete for the title of Winnipeg's Wackiest Amateur Comedian 2011, in front of a live audience at Essence Nightclub on November 24.
Among those ten is the kindest, sweetest and perhaps funniest 89-year-old you will ever meet.
We live-streamed an open call for contestants at the News Café back in September and right away I noticed Jean Morrison sitting near the front of the room. I wondered if she was just a spectator, coming out to support a grandchild perhaps.
But when host Big Daddy Tazz called her name and she slowly made her way to the stage, most people in the room held their breath, wondering just what this woman was doing.
Then she began her routine. It was a home run from the start. The audience, mostly made up of other contestants, gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance.
There is something so genuinely likeable about this woman. Her only reason for getting up on stage, she claims, is that she'd never done stand-up comedy before and wanted to get it off her bucket list before she's gone.
Jean will be performing at the finals on November 24.
Check out a replay of the routine that got her into the finals -- see it below, or watch it in a new window here.
About Tyler Walsh
After a short but successful stint on CKND-TV's The Great Spelling Bee in 1993, Tyler Walsh knew the bright lights of television were in his future. That was before the World Wide Web came along. He lived the dream for five years, working as a news producer at Global Television in Winnipeg. Never one to back away from a challenge, Tyler left the TV business behind and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2008 as the company's first Multimedia Editor. He's worked with the online team and photo department to shape and grow the video product at winnipegfreepress.com, which now includes live streaming video, documentary features and live and interactive events from Canada's first News Café, which is where you'll find Tyler and other members of the online team. Feel free to drop by 237 McDermot Avenue and engage Tyler in conversation about one of three topics: Video editing, curling or Star Trek.
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