Published Jul 27, 2019Chanty Marostica's high energy is hard to forget. Despite fighting off food poisoning, the Toronto-based comedian kept the Montreal Improv in stitches with their animated impressions and high-octane joke delivery.
Marostica comes to the Just for Laughs comedy festival after a whirlwind year that included winning Sirius XM's 2018 Top Comic Competition at JFL42, and receiving a Juno Award nomination for their comedy album, The CHANTY Show. The past year has also included top surgery and a number of revelations about gender, which they are not shy about sharing with the audience.
In one notable story about being labelled "not feminine enough" to work behind the bar at a restaurant where they were employed, Marostica shared insights about the social construct of "femininity" with a captivated audience, only to break into an outlandish impression of a raptor (the bird, not the basketball player) to uproarious laughter.
Marostica is fearless going in just about any direction with their act; they're unafraid to fully commit to spot-on impressions, and they have just as few qualms about discussing their experiences with transphobia, homophobia, and a general lack of safety in the comedy community (and world at large).
Their ability to build tension with an impactful story, then break it with a zany joke, voice or character, made their set at JFL dynamic and engaging. Marostica's genius is in their ability to build empathy and educate the audience without them realizing it's evening happening — because they are too busy laughing.