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Funny Business

  • Alt Hotel (Orange Room) 125 Water Street St. John's, NL, A1C 5X4 Canada (map)

Join us for a candid panel with some of the country’s top comedians and hear them discuss the trajectory of their careers, making work for themselves, and the business of being funny. 

Featuring panelists Dani Kind (Workin’ Moms), Jennifer Robertson (Schitt’s Creek) and Teresa Pavlinek (The Jane Show) and moderator Karen Bruce (Women in Film and Television - Toronto).

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Dani Kind

Toronto-based actress Dani Kind stars in the series regular role of Anne Carlson in CBC's half-hour comedy series Workin' Moms. Kind can currently be seen as Mercedes Gardner in a guest arc on SyFy's hit series Wynonna Earp, and in the recurring guest role of A.D.A Miltown on BET's In Contempt. Kind can next be seen in a supporting role alongside Gil Bellows in the feature film The Two Deaths of Henry Baker. Kind won Best Performance at the 2017 FAVA awards for her lead role in the short film Yellow Lines and in 2018 was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best lead actress in a comedy.

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Jennifer Robertson

Jennifer Robertson is a Canadian-born actress, writer, creator, and performer, best known for her series regular role of ‘Jocelyn Schitt’ on the Emmy Award-nominated series Schitt’s Creek (CBC/PopTV). During her impressive career Jennifer has starred in The Twitches (Disney Channel), Holiday Joy (ABC Spark), and Undercover Grandpa opposite James Caan and Jessica Walter. She has also appeared in Disjointed (Netflix), Mr.D (CBC), Hannah Montana (Disney Channel) and Saving Hope (CTV).


She has won a Leo Award for Point Blank, been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for her writing on To Die 4, and been nominated for a Gemini Award for her writing for This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). Jennifer is very proud to have been nominated three times for a Canadian Screen Award for her performance on Schitt’s Creek. Her next project is a starring role in Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia!

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Teresa Pavlinek

Teresa is a writer, actor and producer with over twenty years experience working in theatre, film and television. She began her career as a member of The Second City Toronto during which time she wrote and performed three Dora Award-nominated shows. Her first two plays, Dumplings And Death and Hot August Night have been produced in Toronto and New York. She was a member of the Tarragon Theatre Playwrights Unit where she wrote her first full-length play, Made You Look. She co-wrote and starred in her own half-hour TV special, As I Was Saying, for The Comedy Network. Teresa was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser. Her TV and film credits include five seasons of the Gemini-nominated History Channel series, History Bites, The Listener, Overruled, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Saving Hope, Hudson and Rex, American Gothic, The Rick Mercer Report, Cavendish and the upcoming FX series Mrs. America. Teresa wrote, produced and starred in two seasons of her own TV series, The Jane Show, for Global Television. She was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award for an episode she wrote as well as a Gemini Award for her performance. Teresa wrote on the second season of the acclaimed CBC and Pop TV hit, Schitt’s Creek and currently has a TV pilot in development with CBC. She is also a member of the sketch comedy group, Women Fully Clothed.

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