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Tschritter headlines lineup as Comedy at the Ave returns Saturday

Damonde Tschritter is an actor, comedian and filmmaker who has received rave reviews for his work. - Courtesy photo
Damonde Tschritter is an actor, comedian and filmmaker who has received rave reviews for his work.
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Award-winning and much-travelled Damonde Tschritter headlines a three-stand-up comedian lineup in the return of Comedy at the Ave on Saturday.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the iconic Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

Tschritter began his stand-up career by watching A&E at the Improv while recovering from a near-death experience. Less than a year later, Tschritter was garnering raved attention in the Vancouver, B.C., comedy scene.

Tschritter brings a relaxed, laid-back style and unique comic voice to the stage.

In 2006, Tschritter became the first stand-up comic from Canada to win the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition in its 27-year history.

"I am doing what I have always wanted to, and I think that makes me a very lucky person. I get up in the mourning and whether I am acting, writing or preparing for a comedy show, I am doing what I love," Tschritter said.

His credits include CTV’s "Comedy Now!", three appearances on CBC’s "Madly Off In All Directions", "Just For Laughs", Chicago Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, HBO’s "USA vs. Canada stand-up weekend", creator of the Vancouver Comedy Festivals "Glossy Awards Show", writer/ producer and star of the film "Comedy Club" – nominated for best picture at the 2000 Reel Madness Comedy Film Festival. He also has made numerous film and television appearances.

Tschritter is an actor, comedian and filmmaker. He has written and starred in many short films including, "Cool Undercover", "Metrix" and "Corked Lightning". His first film "Comedy Club" in which he wrote and co-starred, was chosen for the finals of the Reel Madness Film Festival.

Tschritter grew up in what he describes as a "supportive, funny, white trash" environment. His youth was spent excelling at sports such as hockey and baseball. At the age of 16, he began hosting his own cable talk show, and set his sights on the stage. He enrolled in an extensive two-year acting intensive with personal coach Jonathon Rout (from the Strasburgh Institute).

Wanting to one day make his own films, Tschritter began working as a 2nd A.D. on Canadian feature films. A sponge for knowledge, it was not long before he was indeed creating and filming his own projects.

Tschritter not satisfied being just an actor/writer/film maker, began to focus on stand-up comedy. Within two years of his first amateur night as a comic, he was touring across North America as a professional comedian.

Tickets for Saturday's show are $17, $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or online at

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