This Is Cancer

Rebecca Northan and her merry bunch will sadly leave New York City next week (though likely not for long) after a sold-out and critically acclaimed three week run of Northan’s improvisational charm factory, Blind-Date. But before the show goes dark, the group will present a free one-night showcase of Bruce Horak‘s award-winning solo show This Is Cancer.

From the press release:

In THIS IS CANCER, Cancer – a deluded, egotistical ass, portrayed by Bruce Horak – gives the cabaret performance of a lifetime! Watch as Cancer goes on his own journey of denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance when he discovers that the whole world hates him. A cancer survivor himself – Mr. Horak, one of Canada’s only legally blind professional actors, brings a fresh and funny perspective to a disease that too many of us will face and that so many of us could use a good laugh at.

Nominated for Outstanding Performance of a Musical or Comedy and winner of Outstanding Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Mr. Horak (Betty Mitchell Awards, Calgary, 2007) THIS IS CANCER has played to critical acclaim throughout Canada and the west coast. The Edmonton Journal said, “This is Cancer is as genius as it is absurd, with a satisfyingly violent climax. The silliness is rife but doesn’t overshadow the catharsis. Allow this remarkable show to spread all over your body. You’ll do more than survive.” See Magazine said, “This Is Cancer mixes a potent cocktail of comedy, pathos, sarcasm and genuine emotion. There is a charge in the air during Cancer’s audience interactions. If you have ever wanted to confront Cancer about that last time he showed up, take your chance. But be warned…Cancer has some serious balls.” And Stephen Hunt of The Calgary Herald said, “The wildest, most thrilling ride you’ll take in a theatre.”

THIS IS CANCER plays one-performance-only on Sunday, December 19 at 10:00pm at the Ars Nova Building (511 West 54th Street). Admission is FREE – for reservations please email

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