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Winnipeg Free Press Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2012

**** (Four stars) WINNIPEG funnyman Big Daddy Tazz returns to play host at his own fringe comedy club. Second angel is the “world’s funniest optometrist” Rachel Sommer, Tazz’s real-life eye doctor. Her deadpan confessions about her patient’s eye exams had the crowd in stitches.

– Holly Harris

CBC Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2012

****(Four stars) “Rachel Sommer is a deadpan Roseanne with a medical degree”

-Al Rae (Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival)

Winnipeg Free Press Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2011

Rachel Sommer, an eye doctor who related silly remarks made by patients, and Aisha Alfa, who re-enacted awkward reactions to her Nigerian background, had the strongest routines and audience response.

– Janice Sawka

CBC Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2011

Tazz has pulled together a diverse lineup of comics in these five ladies, all of whom provide laughs.  If you like stand up, give these angels a chance.

– Kelly Stifora

CBC Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2010

Rachel Sommer is the headliner.  She’s an optometrist by day and the subjects of work and her Aussie husband Stu get the most play.  She’s a one liner act, a pretty Phyllis Diller, and the crowd ate her up. She’s a good writer and performer.  A great set and she deserved the final slot.

Al Rae (Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival)

Winnipeg Free Press Review of ‘Tazzy’s Angels’ Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2010

A pregnant optometrist, a mom, a lesbian and a small-town girl walk into a bar…

Make that a fringe venue and you have Tazzy’s Angels, in which popular Winnipeg comedian Big Daddy Tazz gathers four up-and-coming comedians in this standup show.

Heather Witherden (the mom), Chantal Marostica (the lesbian), Rachel Sommer (the pregnant optometrist) and Cara Lytwyn (the small-town girl) are the featured performers…all offer some decent laughs…all of these women hold their own on stage.

Barb Stewart

City Messenger Review of ‘Titters!’ Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007

**** (Four stars)
A Canadian, a Hawaiian, a Scot, a Kiwi and two Aussies walk into a bar…and the result is a brillant night of belly laughs with an international line-up of talented female comedians. The MC is radio gal Sheridan Stewart, whose appealing banter created the right mood for hilarious standup routines from Glaswegian funny-woman Maggie Moore, token Aussie Kate Edwards and Canadian Optometrist Rachel Sommer. Great venue, highly recommended.

– Kylie Fleming

Rip It Up Review of ‘Titters!’ Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007

One of the best things about the Fringe is that it shines a spotlight on some of the brilliant talent that exists right under our noses. Not being a regular on the Adelaide comedy circuit, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that we have some very funny female comedians in this city when I went along to Titters!, an all-girl gag-fest being staged in the salubrious surrounds of Distill on Rundle Street. Compered by local radio queen Sheridan Stewart, the line-up spans generations – from 29-year-old Canadian optometrist Rachel Sommer (who ever knew optometry had so much comedic potential?) to 50-something Hawaiian Kehau Jackson (who has some side-splitting gags on mammograms and penis transplants). Ex-Port Lincolnian Kate Burr is the token Aussie chick, while Scottish humourist Maggie Moore amuses with tales of grim Glasgow. New Zealander Michele A’Court – the only performer not based in Adelaide – tops it all off with anecdotes on the shitness of all things Kiwi.

– Charlotte Chalklen

Adelaide Advertiser Review of ‘Titters!’ Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007

**** (Four Stars)

The six women on stage are a mixed bag of experience and styles but the show gathers pace as the baton is passed from one to the next. New Zealander Michele A’Court, Adelaide-based Hawaiian Kehau Jackson and Canadian Rachel Sommer are star material.

– Louise Nunn

“Australians find you funny?”

– Rachel’s Mom