Canadian comedian Sandra Battaglini is an award-winning performer, a headlining comic and a veteran of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Despite her success Sandra feels trapped in system that offers low pay, few opportunities and a lack of support from the government.
THE MAYOR OF COMEDY is an eye-opening documentary that follows Sandra as she rallies the biggest names in the Canadian comedy industry in an effort to address the many challenges they face. Sandra and filmmaker Matt Kelly give viewers an all-access pass to the murky world of Canadian showbiz, a world where the funniest people in the country struggle and the industry strives to keep it that way.
The film features interviews with dozens of Canada’s top comics including Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall), Steve Patterson (The Debaters), Debra DiGiovanni (Conan), Mark Forward (Fargo), DeAnne Smith (Just For Laughs) and K-Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny).
Sandra Battaglini is an award winning stand-up comic, actor, writer and activist. She is a two time Canadian Comedy Award winner for her solo show shows, Classy Lady and Hard Headed Woman. She appears in The Amazing Gayle Pile (NBC Seeso), Tall Boyz (CBC), In the Dark (CBS) and Communist's Daughter (CBC). She premiered her 7th solo show Baby Jeez and other Abreevs in Toronto and released a comedy album with the same name. She spearheaded a grassroots movement to have stand-up comedy recognized as an art form and co-founded the Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians that lobbies for comedian's rights. Her podcast Small Battalion delivers the latest disturbances in history, politics, news, comedy and the earth with a dash of Bill Gates.
Matt Kelly is the producer and director of the disruptive documentary The Mayor Of Comedy which was nominated for best documentary at the Hamilton Film Festival. He’s produced and directed for Canadian icons like rock band Rush and Wayne Gretzky and his original series Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi ran for 4 seasons on the World Fishing Network. Matt has had 3 television projects reach the finals of Just For Laughs ComedyPRO and in 2016 Matt’s project Inhuman Resources was selected by comedy superstar Kevin Hart. In 2019 Matt and his partner Kyle Radke created Kavalry Productions Inc. to focus on creating original Canadian comedy projects.