Rachel Sommer

Rachel Sommer

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Biography

Comic by night, mild mannered Optometrist by day.

Recent Winnipeg addition Rachel Sommer has been trying to spread both laughter and moderately improved eyesight around Manitoba.

As the producer and performer of “Titters!” an all-female comedy show seen in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007, which won the coveted People’s Choice Award, Rachel has been privy to many perks such as lower priced car rentals.

Her quick wit, sarcasm, and the ability to hog the spotlight have wowed audiences at her family gatherings for three straight decades. As the winner and runner up of the Australian Northern Territory Triple J Raw Comedy competitions in 2003 and 2004 and host of the Australian Northern Territory Triple J Raw Comedy competition 2005, she started her foray in stand up comedy as a Canadian living in Australia. In 2003, she performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and received rave reviews.

Ten things you might not know about me:

1) I was voted funniest female in both my high school and optometry graduation class.
2) I am a comic by night, mild mannered optometrist by day. I consider myself to be the world’s funniest optometrist.* (see asterik below)
3) I married an Australian who is also an optometrist. We are heaps fun. (Note: sarcasm)
4) I won the Australian Northern Territory Triple J Raw Comedy Competition in 2003. It was the first comedy competition I had ever entered.
5) My second comedy gig ever was at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2003 to a crowd of 2,000 people. It was televised on Australian TV and then played on Qantas airline flights for a year.
6) My show, “Titters!”, an all-female comedy show seen in the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007, won the coveted People’s Choice Award.
7) Both my thumbs and one of my hips are double jointed.
8) I have a son, Heath, who is 18 months old. He’s old enough to know right from wrong but chooses not to live within those constraints.
9) In Australia, the comics nicknamed me “Canada Dry” because of my deadpan, sarcastic humour on stage. They also called me 'Optometrist Barbie" but I ignored that one.
10) I grew up on a farm near the town of Rosenfeld. Population: 300 Friendly People. Humour got me through my childhood.

Check out www.rachelsommer.ca for clips and more info!

*While Rachel does in fact believe she is the world’s funniest optometrist, we are in no way suggesting the unfunniness of others in the same profession. Any challenges to said title may be submitted by written request and will be promptly addressed by formal invitation to a duel.

RACHEL SOMMER (detailed bio)

STAND UP COMEDY
WINNIPEG FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010, 2011, 2012
WINNIPEG STAND UP #1 filmed for SHAW TV
WINNER OF ‘BEST OF FEST’ in WINNIPEG FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010
JUST FOR LAUGHS PREVIEW SHOW 2010 (Winnipeg, Canada)
CHUCKLES COMEDY CLUB (Winnipeg, Canada)
GIRLS GONE FUNNY COMEDY NIGHT (Winnipeg, Canada)
NEEPAWA MANITOBA HOMECOMING
KING’S HEAD PUB COMEDY NIGHT (Winnipeg, Canada)
RUNNER UP SHANNON’S IRISH PUB COMEDY COMPETITION (Winnipeg, Canada)
WINNER OF SOLID GOLD COMEDY NIGHT COMEDY COMPETITION (Winnipeg, Canada)
WINNER OF DO OR DIE COMEDY DEATH MATCH ROUND 1 2010 at The Green Brier (Winnipeg, Canada)
SHANNON’S IRISH PUB COMEDY NIGHT 2009 (Winnipeg, Canada)
THE PRESS CLUB COMEDY NIGHT 2009 (Winnipeg, Canada)
ABSOLUTE COMEDY CLUB (Ottawa, Canada)
WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL 2009, 2008
CORPORATE COMEDY SHOWS WITH BIG DADDY TAZZ (various locations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION COMEDY FUNDRAISER (Winnipeg, Canada)
GAS STATION THEATRE (Winnipeg, Canada)
RUMORS RESTAURANT AND COMEDY CLUB (Winnipeg, Canada)
THE CHARLESWOOD HOTEL COMEDY NIGHT (Winnipeg, Canada)
THE CAVERN COMEDY NIGHT (Winnipeg, Canada)
TITTERS!-AN INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE OF FUNNY WOMEN which was the recipient of The Bank SA People’s Choice Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007 (Producer and Performer)
THE RHINO ROOM (Adelaide, Australia)
PJ O’BRIEN’S (Adelaide, Australia)
SKY CITY CASINO (Adelaide, Australia)
HOST OF NT TRIPLE J RAW COMEDY COMPETITION 2005 (Darwin, Australia)
RUNNER UP NT TRIPLE J RAW COMEDY COMPETITION 2004 (Darwin, Australia)
THE OVER THE FENCE COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 2004 (Darwin, Australia)
THE ADMINISTRATOR’S PLEASURE: NT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FUNDRAISER
DARWIN FRINGE FESTIVAL COMEDY DEBATE 2004
DARWIN COMEDY CLUB 2003-2005
DARWIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2003
NT WRITERS’ CENTRE OFF-THE-PAGE NIGHT 2003 (Darwin, Australia)
THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2003 (Melbourne, Australia)
WINNER OF NT TRIPLE J RAW COMEDY COMPETITION 2003 (Darwin, Australia)

RADIO/GUEST COMEDIAN
QX104FM WINNIPEG
CFAM RADIO ALTONA
5AA RADIO ADELAIDE
ABC RADIO ADELAIDE
NOVA 91.9 ADELAIDE
DARWIN’S HOT 100
ABC RADIO DARWIN

FILM/TELEVISION
WINNIPEG STAND UP #1 Self SHAW TV
INTERVIEW- WINNIPEG FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010 Self SHAW TV
WINNIPEG BURLESQUE Extra Farpoint Films
INTERVIEW-F