Retirement sees psychologist find her funny bone

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Mar 24, 2014 - 4:00 PM |
Local retired psychologist Chris Nash's new endeavour is somewhat surprising — she's taken up stand-up comedy. Supplied photo.

Local retired psychologist Chris Nash's new endeavour is somewhat surprising — she's taken up stand-up comedy. Supplied photo.

See Chris Nash on stage at the March 29 Rag Bag Cabaret

Two years ago, on the “spur of the moment,” Chris Nash agreed to try her hand at stand-up comedy at the Angels in Pink's The Boob Tour comedy show.

The breast cancer survivor spoke about the funny side of fighting the disease.

“There's a lot of funny stuff there,” said Nash, a local retired psychologist, who is married to Laurentian philosophy prof and former Greater Sudbury poet laureate Roger Nash. “It's just a lot of the time we get way too precious about it.”

It turned out she “quite enjoyed” doing the comedy bit, and received a lot of positive feedback. That was the start of her amateur stand-up comedy career. She's since done a couple of other comedy gigs.

Her latest show is the Rag Bag Cabaret Sudbury Saturday Night, which will take place at Little Montreal starting at 8 p.m. March 29. Nash will be joined on stage by several other performers, including award-winning comedian Rachelle Elie.

She'll share her observations on human nature, as well as her advice for women on how to deal with men.

“OK, so I'm a psychologist, but I have had a life,” she said. “I've been there and done that, most of it. You would definitely benefit from my kind of advice, darling.”

Nash, a grandmother who has reached her golden years, said she no longer fears making a fool of herself in front of an audience.

“At my age it's fine — what the hell,” she said. “As long as everybody doesn't actually boo me off the stage.”

Tickets to the Rag Bag Cabaret Sudbury Saturday Night — which is billed as a “night of comedy, magic and burlesque” — cost $50 for the dinner and show or $20 for the show only.

Pick them up at Little Montreal, located at 182 Elgin St. For group bookings, phone 705-918-2601.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

Staff Writer


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