October, 2014 / Author:

213-14-queer-comedy-Chantel_Marostica-1Winnipeg comedian Chantel Marostica’s show about growing up as a lesbian and dealing with a drug addiction and mood disorder was so successful in August that she’s doing it again on Oct. 15.

Even though those aren’t funny subjects, her multimedia performance at The Park Theatre got a lot of laughs. “I wanted it to be funny and you can’t really touch on having a mood disorder and make it super hilarious so I was proud of that.”

It wasn’t all laughs, though. “A lot of people were really touched by it and texted me or Facebooked me or emailed me to tell me that they went through the same thing and they had no idea that I had been through that,” said Marostica about her show, Queer and Present Danger (QAPD). “People were like bawling and I was like, ‘Sorry. Did you have fun, though? Thanks for coming.’”

In the whirlwind of filming and writing the show in two weeks and memorizing the script in two days, Marostica forgot how serious her story was, until the second show, when the subject matter sunk in. “The second show, I started to cry at the end and I was like, ‘why am I crying?’ I was like ‘oh! This is super real,’” she said. “I just told a bunch of people that I tried to kill myself three months ago.”

Marostica said her follow-up performance will be tighter, more inspirational and less sad. There will also be no opening acts this time around.

The show came about when her tour manager had allegedly organized a national tour under the name of QAPD to give her the opportunity to perform her material to a larger fan base. She had trouble with her manager, eventually cut ties with him and could no longer go on tour. So, The Park Theatre approached her and asked if she would perform there.

213-14-queer-comedy-Chantel_MarosticaMarostica said that at the time, QAPD was just a funny name for a tour, but when the pressure was on to fill an hour with new material, she thought hard about what the name meant to her. One thing came to mind—coming out has always and will always affect her. “When you first come out, it’s really awkward and hard and it’s like you’re just starting your life. People are like, ‘yeah you’re gay’ but it comes up every time you meet someone or anytime you talk to someone,” she said. “Coming out is always in the present.”

But there’s more to the show than just coming out. “I just wanted people to know what the story is instead of thinking I’m just a coke head and to know what happened to make that happen or what it means when I say that I have a mood disorder.”

The same night at The Park Theatre, after QAPD, Marostica will host another edition of the Drunk Show, which is exactly as it sounds—she gets her comedian friends drunk and they (attempt to) perform 10 minutes of their material. “Every single act comes up with some crazy thing that they need to do, but they’re going to be drunk so they’re not even going to be able to do it.”

If you’re thinking of catching one of Marostica’s shows, Oct. 15 is the time to do it—she’s moving to Toronto a month later and is hosting these shows as a goodbye. But, she will be making regular visits to Winnipeg to put on the Drunk Show every six months.

Tickets for QAPD are $10 at the door and tickets for the Drunk Show are $15. Tickets for both shows are $20. Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba will have a table set up and will be taking donations.

– Danelle Cloutier is the senior editor of OutWords magazine.

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