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After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Tazz realized that being manic-depressive, attention deficit, and having mild dyslexia could either destroy or enhance his life… it was his choice. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery that has led him from comedy venues across North America to the Psych ward at the Calgary Foothills Hospital (held over).
Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business,” Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than twenty years. Known as the “Bi-Polar Buddha”, Tazz is equal parts comedian, and motivator who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing-ovations from coast-to-coast. Tazz’ many national festival appearances have included the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, for which he annually multi-tasks as a writer, producer and performer. Tazz’ explosive Gala performances at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival over the years can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network. In 2008 Tazz broke the world record for the longest continuous stand up comedy show at 8 ½ hours.
Tazz has also toured the country for 25 years speaking on Good Mental Health, Bully Proofing and Self Love and Empowerment. He brings forth light and laughter for those living with mental Illness by raising awareness that stigma effects all of us. With his newest endeavour "Stand Up Against Stigma" Tazz believes that it is time to educate, embrace, and empower everyone so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name!
Tazz speaks candidly about his struggles and ultimately his triumphs over, not only being diagnosed mental illness, but facing the terrifying stigma that surrounds it.
“…thank you so much! Just hearing that someone else has felt the same struggles and has moved passed them gives me strength and hope… you are the light at the end of my tunnel!”
Audience members who live with mental illness or are struggling with stigma in any form, often find themselves empowered, inspired and proud of who they are “warts” and all! Others will gain a better understanding of how the ignorance of stigma can negatively impact so many, stopping them from seeking the help they need. All will leave with the tools to make a positive, accepting difference as well as a heart full of laughter, light and compassion.
“Big Daddy Tazz will make you laugh till you cry then laugh again… it’s the bi-polar way!”
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