This and That About Maggie

 

Maggie Cassella is an award-winning, performer, producer, writer, and host.  She’s been nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards as a performer, writer, producer, and host. She won the 2021 CSA for Best Performing Arts Special with We’re Funny That Way: The Virtual Pride Special. The show was the first production for broadcast by her company with the award-winning writer, Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives, Prayers for Bobby).

Maggie began her stand-up career while she was still a full-time lawyer when Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black, Reprisal, Shameless) pulled her aside and said, “you’re funny you should do stand-up”.  Thus, began a decades long career, friendship, and collaboration that has taken Maggie through countless tours, 20 consecutive summer residences in Provincetown, and co-writing:  a book, the Obie Awards, television, a movie, and more sketches and on-air bits than you can shake a stick at. She has performed as an actor alongside DeLaria, as well as on her own in everything from MOWS to scripted series. 

Maggie just finished writing her first solo pilot called The Centre, about a high-powered lawyer who quits her practice to go run the LGBTQ+ centre in her old hometown. She is in the process of finishing a script for her first Christmas movie with Shannon McDonough.  Maggie also hosted her own talk nationally televised talk show, Because I Said So, her own drive home radio show, and for four years, produced and hosted seven live shows a week at her Toronto supper club The Flying Beaver Pubaret.  Maggie is also the founder and producer of the We’re Funny That Way Festival. The world’s first international queer comedy and music festival. All of the festival’s proceeds are donated to its foundation that makes transformational grants to grassroots LGBTQ2S+ orgs across Canada.

She is currently a partner  in We’re Funny That Way Productions. working on combining the creation and production of queer content and queer charitable fundraising under the We’re Funny That Way and Rainbow Charity Network (foundation)banner.  Their first short, Maggie Mysteries, garnered fifteen laurels including a nomination for “Best International Comedy” at the Atlanta Women’s Comedy Festival. WFTW Productions brought the live festival back for the first time since Covid –  in full force May 29 – June 1 2024! A good time was had by all.