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Big Daddy Tazz

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Brain Health, Bullying in the Workplace, Corporate Entertainer, Emotional Intelligence, Health & Safety, Health & Wellness, Humor, Inspiration/Motivation, Mental Wellness, Resiliency/Change, Stress Management/Wellness

SAFETY. It all starts with your mind. A healthy mindset creates a safer work environment. A mind distracted by spiralling anxiety, depression and other unaddressed mental health issues puts everyone at risk. Big Daddy Tazz takes you on his mental health journey, sharing his story and offering hope to others. We need to be kind to our coworkers and ourselves, reaching out to others who are struggling. We need to learn to listen.

Often described as one of the most talented comics in the business, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds from coast to coast at corporate events, fund raisers, festivals and on television for more than 30 years. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery as he tours North America, using humour to bring his good mental health message to audiences, drawing rave reviews and standing ovations!  Equal parts comedian and mental health advocate, Tazz believes in educating, embracing, and empowering everyone so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name.

After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Big Daddy Tazz realized that being a manic-depressive, attention deficit, socially anxious dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life… the choice was his.

His comedy appearances include the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival, the Ottawa Comedy Festival, the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival and numerous appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, which can be seen or heard frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network. He has presented to numerous corporate audiences and conventions over the past 30 years.

Presentation Description & Topics

KEYNOTE: Out of My Mind

A humourous look at life’s triumphs and tribulations through the eyes of someone living with mental illness.

A lack of focus at work can lead to preventable accidents and errors. Many of us will spend more time with our co-workers than we will with family members. We need to learn to recognize the signs in someone struggling, and how to reach out to help. If you break a leg, you go to a hospital, if you break a tooth, you go to a dentist, but where do you go for a broken heart?

Audience members who live with mental illness and stigma (either their own or someone else’s), will find themselves empowered, inspired and proud of who they are. Others gain a better understanding of how the ignorance of stigma can negatively impact so many, preventing them from finding the help they desperately seek. All will leave with the tools to make a positive, accepting difference as well as a heart full of laughter, light and compassion. An inclusive workplace, a workplace where employees look out for one another, is a safer workplace.

This message has never been more important than during these uncertain times of Covid fatigue and widespread social anxiety. Tazz will take your audience on a sometimes humourous, sometimes emotional journey to challenge old belief systems, build a better understanding of mental health challenges, and reimagine a more inclusive future. A great opportunity to remind your audience of mental health resources available to them.

Accolades:

“It was AMAZING!!!!  I have had so many people come and personally thank me for that day. He is bang on and delivers such an important message is such a good way.  He finds humour where he can but also gets emotional to make an impact.  It truly was a great event!” PUC Services

“Big Daddy Tazz was very well received. Everyone really enjoyed it. Great message but an awesome delivery. We never laughed so hard. Absolutely would recommend him. One of the best speakers I have seen in a while!” Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

“Big Daddy Tazz is an exceptional and passionate public speaker. Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba was extremely pleased with Tazz’s workshop on accessibility for those with mental illness and invisible disabilities. Tazz engages the audience with personal stories mixed with comedy and laughter. By doing so he creates a safe space for others to share their own experiences confidently. If you are looking for a fun and engaging speaker, AANM would highly recommend Big Daddy Tazz!” Arts AccessAbility Network

CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT: COMEDY

Big Daddy Tazz turns mundane events into side-splitting stories! He is the act that has no act. His quick wit, improv style, crowd interaction, “corporate clean” show and amazing stage presence bring audiences to their knees in laughter and to their feet with applause and adulation, with no two shows being the same.

His amazing stand-up comedy shows have been featured on Just for Laughs, the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC’s “The Debaters” and the Comedy Network. Tazz once set a record for the longest stand-up comedy show at 8 ½ hours as a fundraiser for one of the many charities he supports.

Whether it’s a corporate event or charity fundraiser, comedy show or keynote seminar, Tazz will make you laugh until you cry and then laugh some more, it’s the bi-polar way.

Accolades:

“PSAI was thrilled by the reception Big Daddy Tazz received at our 52nd Annual Convention & Tradeshow. His candid storytelling intertwined with humor delivered an impactful message on mental health in a refreshing style. Folks in our industry have tough jobs, sometimes physically and emotionally. As a result, it’s easy to put up a tough exterior. Tazz’s keynote reminded us to slow down and recognize the humanity in each of us. When I looked out at our audience, I saw laughter and even tears from some of the least expected faces. I was amazed at the line of folks seeking to talk with him afterwards. Tazz’s message was clearly needed, and he knew exactly how to deliver it.” – Veronica Crosier, Executive Director, PSAI

“It was so nice to have an evening where everyone could laugh and no one felt uncomfortable. Tazz proves that you can get laughs without being foul or offensive” – CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival

“Manitoba Veterinarians will be talking about Tazz’s performance for years to come! I’ve planned a few conferences in my career and I’ve never yet seen delegates respond to an entertainer with a standing ovation! Tazz was bang on with his read of the room and he set the mood for an evening of fun – an event planner’s dream!” – Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association

Hear what others have to say

“I had front row seats to one of the most necessary shows I’ve seen in my life for your set at the Safety Seminar. Things just clicked. It’s just one of those weird things you feel when you’re in the right place at the right time in the right frame of mind at the right point of your life. It was exactly what I needed to hear. It also helped that you were incredibly funny. You’ve given me some firepower to use in my battles on those dark days, and for that I’m grateful.” – Saskatchewan Safety Seminar Attendee

“I was at your show today. I wanted to say thank you. Life has been a dark place for me lately as our family has been dealing with the process of getting my child diagnosed and just the struggles of life. I haven’t been able to work for the last year due to his mental health and mine. Your show was a light. Your show was relief. Your show was amazing. Thank you. I hope you continue to do what you do. We need to end the stigma.” – NAPE Union Conference

“It was AMAZING!!!!  I have had so many people come and personally thank me for that day. He is bang on and delivers such an important message is such a good way.  He finds humour where he can but also gets emotional to make an impact.  It truly was a great event!” – PUC Services

“Big Daddy Tazz was very well received. Everyone really enjoyed it. Great message but an awesome delivery. We never laughed so hard. Absolutely would recommend him. One of the best speakers I have seen in a while!” – Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

“Big Daddy Tazz was an excellent keynote speaker. He exceeded everyone’s expectations with his wonderful comedy, stage presence and the encouraging message he conveyed to us all. He’s a true talent and is definitely making a difference with his profound message.”