Big Daddy Tazz

Big Daddy Tazz

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The Bi-Polar Buddha, Mental Health Motivational Speaker and Comedian

After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Big Daddy Tazz realized that being a manic-depressive, attention deficit, socially anxious dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life… the choice was his.

Often described as one of the most talented comics in the business, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds from coast to coast at corporate events, fund raisers, festivals and on television for more than 30 years. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery as he tours North America, bringing his good mental health message to audiences, drawing rave reviews and standing ovations! Equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, Tazz educates, enlightens and inspires.

For the last 20 years Big Daddy Tazz has brought forth light and laughter for those living with mental Illness, by raising awareness on how stigma affects us all. Tazz believes in educating, embracing, and empowering everyone so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name.
His comedy appearances include the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, which can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network.

Whether it’s a corporate event or charity fundraiser, comedy show or mental health keynote seminar, Tazz will make you laugh until you cry, and then laugh some more, it’s the bi-polar way.

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Speaking topics

Out of My Mind

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for almost twenty five years. Known as the Bi-Polar Buddha, Tazz is equal part comedian and motivator, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire audiences. With his newest endeavour “Stand Up Against Stigma”, Tazz shares why he believes that it is time to educate, embrace and empower mental illness so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name!

Running AMOK ( Actively Motivating Our Kids)

Big Daddy Tazz speaks to students about being proud of who they are. He believes that we will never be able to end bullying, but he completely believes that we can fully bully proof our kids. If we teach them to have good body image, self esteem, self respect and compassion for themselves and others, then a bully will have no legs to stand on.  He speaks on good mental health as well as smashing the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  He speaks from experience and openly shares his battles, triumphs and inspirations.

Tazz inspires kids to put the “Me in Awesome” to never “Dis Ability” and it is “Never impossible” ALWAYS “I’m Possible”! Students learn that they are the ones in charge of how their lives can be: not a bully, not a mental illness, nor disability, not someone else’s opinion, just them. They have power within and NO ONE can take that away!!

Belly Laughs with Tazz (Stand Up Comedy)

Often described as one of the most talented comedians in the business, Tazz is a 30+ year veteran comedian whose many TV and radio appearances include, to name just a few, Just for Laughs, The  Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Comedy Now, CBC’s The Debaters and LOL, where he is one of the most requested comedians.

His off-the-cuff, corporate clean style, coupled with his customized show for each client, has put Tazz in high demand for corporate events, customer appreciation evenings, charity fundraisers and staff retreats.

A triple threat as corporate emcee, comedian and auctioneer, Tazz has garnered standing ovations across North America as well as helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and fundraisers alike.

His show always includes a positive mental health message, empowering those who may be struggling to reach out for help.

Tazz is all about the show: he believes it is his calling to take the audience away from their lives for a while with some clever, clean, inspirational comedy, so that at the end of the event  the audience is happy, empowered and ready to face the world they left behind a short time earlier.

“My job is to make sure that my portion of the evening makes whomever hired me look  good, so that the audience will want to attend the next event, while telling their friends about the great time they missed…” Big Daddy Tazz

Video clips

Big Daddy Tazz: Bi Polar Buddha

0:03 / 6:25 Big Daddy Tazz: The Future Show at Winnipeg Comedy Festival

Big Daddy Tazz: Mental Health Keynote

Big Daddy Tazz : Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Clip

Speaker testimonials

Big Daddy Tazz is an exceptional and passionate public speaker. Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba was extremely pleased with Tazz’s workshop on accessibility for those with mental illness and invisible disabilities. Tazz engages the audience with personal stories mixed with comedy and laughter. By doing so he creates a safe space for others to share their own experiences confidently. If you are looking for a fun and engaging speaker, AANM would highly recommend Big Daddy Tazz!

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba

I was at your show in North Battleford on May 18th. I wanted to say thank you. Life has been a dark place for me lately as our family has been dealing with the process of getting my child diagnosed and just the struggles of life. I haven’t been able to work for the last year due to his mental health and mine. Your show was a light. Your show was relief. Your show was amazing. Thank you. I hope you continue to do what you do. We need to end the stigma.

North Battleford B.E.A.T.S Encounter

VIRTUAL: Only positive comments received! I received several messages wanting to see Tazz again in person. I had lots say they checked out Tazzy Reads and loved it. Tazz was awesome ❤️

Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses

VIRTUAL EVENT: You hit several cords with me… I “whiskey laughed” (minus the whiskey) through most of your presentation and absolutely sobbed at the end. YOUR message is what I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing your light with me… Thank you so much for doing what you do. You are making a difference to so many people.

Wolf Creek School District

VIRTUAL EVENT: “Thank you so much for such an incredible presentation last night. What fun! Had me belly laughing all night. Thank you!!”

Neepawa Chamber of Commerce

VIRTUAL EVENT: “What better way to end off the @albertateachers “L.E.S.L.” conf than listening to @BigDaddyTazzWPG !
“Edmonton… you’re not much better (than Calgary). So long as you look surprised you think it’s ok to run the red lights!””

Alberta Teachers' Association

I have to say that I believe Tazz was the highlight of our convention. The students loved him and the teachers raved about him. I am trying now to get him to speak in schools in my own division. I would definitely have him back again and would highly recommend him as a keynote at other engagements.

Mighty Peace Teachers Association

Big Daddy Tazz was very well received. Everyone really enjoyed it. Great message but an awesome delivery. We never laughed so hard. Absolutely would recommend him. One of the best speakers I have seen in a while!

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

It was a great day for all of our members. Tazz was definitely the highlight for many, who both empathized with his story and walked a mile in his shoes. We have a long way to go as it relates to the stigma attached to Mental Health; but I know that thanks to Tazz many will have the courage to have a voice.

Ontario Nurses' Association

Big Daddy Tazz was an excellent keynote speaker. He exceeded everyone’s expectations with his wonderful comedy, stage presence and the encouraging message he conveyed to us all. He’s a true talent and is definitely making a difference in the lives of young people with his profound message

ESP Teacher Advisor

You did a workshop at FACES, and I was sitting in the library listening to your speech. It was remarkable. But it wasn’t just the speech that I was so impressed with. You were talking to an audience of young adults. Teens. What got me was you talking to a handful of individuals after outside in the hallway. There were a few struggling kids reaching out to you, telling you their story. You listened to each individual, and spoke with them in great length afterwards. You were so genuine. You didn’t rush them to rush out. You touched and helped so many that day.

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