Jordana Pratt always knew she had her funny moments, but it wasn’t until a mentor invited her to attend comedy training that she was able to refine her off-the-cuff jokes into a full comedy routine that’s received standing ovations.
“You never know what can be brought out of you if you don’t try,” Jordana tells BACI Blast. “I like making people laugh.”
Jordana graduated from the Stand Up for Mental Health comedy program, and is now an alumni member. She describes her comedy as personal. She’s not afraid to make fun of herself; she also likes “to take a jab or two at Mom.”
She’s performed eight times since her graduation, and says she enjoys “the rush of performing.”
Her most notable performance was during an NDP event that saw party leader Adrian Dix and Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, among other politicians give her a standing ovation.
Now, Jordana is gearing up for her latest gig, a performance during the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion’s (BACI) general meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Jordana is a BACI member and is familiar with many people attending the event, which has its benefits. For example, Jordana says she knows at least one of her jokes will tease some people in the room while keeping others slapping their knees.
“I hope everyone likes my performance at the AGM,” she says.
When looking to the future, Jordana says she plans to continue performing and refining her act, making people laugh and meeting new friends in the process. While she enjoys comedy, Jordana says it’s one of many goals.
BACI’s general meeting runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and has a Mardi Gras theme. In addition to Jordana’s performance, internationally-renowned speaker and self-advocate Norman Kunc will be delivering a presentation. BACI members are invited to stay for dancing and Mardi Gras festivities after the meeting.
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