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Anglican Journal, February 2006 -- A funny thing happened to Mavis
A funny thing happened to MavisCONTRIBUTED BY MAVIS PICKETTMavis Pickett is a standup comic and wedding co-ordinator at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster, B.C. [photo by CONTRIBUTED BY MAVIS PICKETT]It isn,t at first, but it is a true story that began with tragedy and continues with hope and it happened to Mavis Pickett, now a 73-year-old stand-up comedian, counselor and wedding co-ordinator at Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in New Westminster, B.C.The awful date that marks this phase of Ms. Pickett,s adventurous life was March 24, 1996, when her youngest child, Mavis Anne, was skiing on B.C.,s Blackcomb Mountain, caught some glare ice and plunged 900 feet off a cliff.It was really an unfortunate accident,, said Ms. Pickett in an interview.Formerly a teacher at the University of Manitoba, Ms. Pickett found support at church, but she also moved outside herself and her grief.She decided to train as a counsellor at Century House Senior,s Centre in New Westminster.,In peer counselling, one of the lectures was on humour and healing.I thought I would take that course,, she said.But she turned up in the wrong classroom. ,The instructor, (psychotherapist) David Granirer, said, ,Are you in the right course?, There were about 15 in the class.Fourteen of them looked about 12 fi years old and I looked about 96.Then he wrote on the blackboard ,Stand-Up Comedy Clinic., I just about died,, she recalled.Ms. Pickett decided that hers was ,a senior trying hard to keep up but who doesn,t quite make it., Word spread about ,the senior doing comedy, and Ms. Pickett was profiled on CBC Radio, Vision TV, the now-defunct Mike Bullard Show and other national and local shows and newspapers.Divorced since 1974, Ms. Pickett also enjoys spending time with son Ed, daughter Marna Cotroneo and four grandchildren.I might as well be in comedy, laughing for a little while, than where I was at,, said Ms. Pickett.
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Wedding co-ordinator and stand-up comedian, an unusual combination, but once you meet dynamic Mavis Pickett you would know at once how fitting that is.Mavis' road to comedy and wedding co-ordinator wasn't planned.Mavis Pickett, wedding co-ordinator at Holy Trinity Cathedral, along with Mavis Pickett the comedian (on tv).Mavis continued with counselling which led to her joining a grief support group called Compassionate Friends and she became a peer counsellor at New Westminster's Century House Senior's Centre.She heard about a class by David Granirer, a psychotherapist who believes that humour helps overcome difficult situations.She enrolled without hesitation.What a surprise she got that evening when Mavis discovered that she had enrolled in a stand-up-comedy class full of passionate "twenty-something's," not another senior in sight.Restraining herself from bolting out the door, Mavis stayed and guardedly participated."I was quite dreadful, but after the third class I began to enjoy myself."Mavis relaxed and was able to focus on developing and writing a routine.The concentration, effort and courage didn't go unnoticed as David gave Mavis the honour of headlining for the class' first night at Laff Lines.Humour, Mavis discovered, diverts the mind from problems.Mavis has become a rising star making a name for herself as a senior worth listening to.She has begun to enjoy celebrity status as her phenomenal success is spreading all across Canada.Mavis has appeared on the Vicki Gabereau's morning show, Rick Cluff's CBC AM radio show, Early Edition, CBC's Canada Now, and Vision TV.She has two engagements in Toronto and at the Regina Seniors' Conference.The sky's the limit!Which brings us to her role as wedding co-coordinator at Holy Trinity Cathedral.Mavis' natural charm soothes jittery nerves of intended brides and grooms and their families as she offers advice.Mavis is a talented creative flower arranger and has taught floral arranging for several years, which allows her to consult on flower arrangements, and decorating.She has made beautiful white satin pew bows that she decorates differently for each wedding.The bows stay at the church for all brides and grooms to use, to keep costs down.As wedding co-coordinator she is personally involved and is joyous at each celebration.Every bride gives Mavis a gift - a gift to experience the wedding that her daughter, engaged at the time of her death, never had.For Mavis, stand-up-comedy and wedding co-coordinator is a good fit.
In addition, comedian Mavis Pickett will entertain.
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courtesy Mavis Pickett Mainland comic Mavis Pickett tells how humour can help overcome tragedy during her Oct. 29 visit to St. Peter's Church.Losers are cool to golden-age humourist Mavis Pickett. "People love to hear about your pain," Pickett told the New Westminster Record in 2004. "They don't want to know that you're happy.They want to know that you're a loser - and can laugh at it." That approach surfaced when, at age 64, Pickett was seeking relief from her daughter's death. After grief counseling she read an article about using humour to overcome tough times. She mistook instructor David Granirer's Stand-Up Comedy Clinic for a therapeutic comedy course and went with the flow. Pickett says humour worked its magic that day and proved the turning point in her life. "I never dreamed I'd ever be a stand-up comedian," she told The Record, "but here I am." Her shtick is assuming the persona of a senior trying to make sense of a fast-moving world while confronting aging bones, eyesight and libido. Pickett carved a niche in Vancouver's youth-oriented comedy scene that includes crude male comics and tough lesbian ribticklers. "As a senior, if everything is coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane," she says, pulling a joke from her act.
They're sure to find that at this year's fair where comedian Mavis Pickett, herself a senior, shares the humourous side of life during the golden years.