Second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit coming March 8 to Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, February 23, 2007 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is pleased to announce a benefit comedy show on Thursday, March 8 at 8pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

The second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit feature some of the top young, up-and-coming comedians in Montreal, including Kristoff Bonaparte, Kevin Gasior, Peter Radomski and Andrew Searles. The show headliners are Alan Shain and Phil Shuchat. The show is organized and hosted by Michael Lifshitz.

Shuchat is a regular on the Montreal comedy scene. His quirky insight and energetic delivery have resulted in appearances in the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, successful tours through Canada and the United States and television appearances including the Comedy Network's Adventures in Comedy and Comedy at Club 54. Shain, from Ottawa, who has cerebral palsy, uses humour to attack the idea that disabled people are passive and helpless. His artistic work is founded on a deep commitment to disability activism and taking a personal responsibility for creating change.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Norman Lifshitz Memorial Fund to support the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University. The endowment is named after Lifshitz’s father, who was a pharmacist.

Lifshitz, 31, is a chartered accountant and completed his MBA in November 2006. He advocates for the disabled and launched in 2005 the website , which aims to help people live and succeed with a disability. He is also a contributor to Exceptional Family magazine. Lifeshitz, who himself is disabled, says his goal is to inspire and give hope to parents whose children have disabilities.

“Hopefully, by sharing my experiences, I can help parents deal with the challenges they and their children may face," Lifshitz said. "Comedy gives me another avenue to reach people. First of all, humor puts people at ease. If you can laugh at your disability, it becomes less of an issue. Also, by joking about the attitudes of some, it makes people realize just how silly some stereotypes can be."

Tickets for the second annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Benefit show are $10 if purchased in advance, or $15 if purchased at the door. To get tickets or for more information, contact Michael Lifshitz at 514-569-2605 or


For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905,

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