Anne Marie Scheffler brings her MILF Life Crisis to Flato

If it’s true that comedy equals tragedy plus time, Anne Marie Scheffler has got a story for you.

The veteran comedienne, a Canadian Comedy Award nominee, was set to get her career back on track after the birth of her child when her husband suddenly asked for a divorce after a decade of, she thought, blissful marriage.

“I have never had such a hard life event as my divorce,” Scheffler says, “It was emotionally, financially and spiritually devastating.”

So, as one might expect, she set about making people laugh about it. Being a mother and newly dating, it wasn’t long until she stumbled on the title of her new work.

“The MILF acronym is not very polite unless you rename it and reclaim it as standing for Mothers are Incredible, Lovely and Fantastic, like I’ve done for this show!” Scheffler says.

The show is MILF Life Crisis, and it’s been touring North America nonstop since its premiere. The show focuses on Scheffler’s experience of dating again after divorce and encourages women to embrace their sexy side.

Ultimately, the message is that it’s never too late to find fulfilment on the dating scene.

“Yes, the subject matter is pretty blunt and sexy,” Scheffler explains, “but I believe that if I speak to the truth of what’s happening in society now-the divorces, the online dating, the starting again at midlife, then people can feel like they are not alone.”

She manages to elicit giggles and belly laughs while exploring topics like what your bikini line should look like these days, achieving financial independence, online dating, awkward intimacy, and the increasingly common practice of men sending very personal pictures of themselves. Throughout the show she portrays multiple characters; Kendra who has never-ending series of loves, the no-nonsense lesbian friend Terry, multiple Tinder dates, ex-boyfriends, new boyfriends, and a psychic.

“I love people’s reaction to the show,” Scheffler says. “When I am on stage, I honestly have women saying lines with me. It’s a bit like church.”

Indeed, the show’s following has led to informal fan clubs called MILF Squads. There’s a MILF Squad LA and a MILF Squad Toronto.

“MILFs of the world unite!” Scheffler laughs. “Come on, MILF Squad Markham. Let’s go to church.”

Of course, men enjoy the show too.

“They usually are outnumbered by the women, and they are having a great time,” Scheffler continues.

Scheffler’s history with Markham and the Flato Markham Theatre makes her excitement about performing the show here even more genuine.

“First of all, I love Markham,” she says. “When I was married, my husband and I saw a show in The Flato Markham Theatre, and I was like,’ Wow! I want to perform here so badly!’ That was probably about ten years ago. My dream came true.”

Markham showgoers may already be familiar with Scheffler’s work. She’s created eight original shows in her career and toured them across Canada and the US. Her fifth show, Not Getting It, was turned into a one-hour comedy special for CTV and The Comedy Network.

She’s also a Second City alumni, co-writer and co-star of Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, and a veteran of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Her live comedy album can be found on iTunes and Sirius Radio XM, but MILF Life Crisis has been called her sharpest, funniest, and most personal.

“It’s possible, I’m getting better with age,” Scheffler scoffs. “I am more present, more grateful, more clear than I’ve ever had to be before. This ‘devastating divorce’ is actually the miracle of living the most authentic life possible.”

MILF Life Crisis is at the Flato Markham Theatre on March 13 at 8 p.m.

 

 

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