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Karmanos breast cancer patient fulfills bucket list experience by performing at Royal Oak comedy club


Jill Norbury-Jaranson 

Karmanos breast cancer patient Jill Norbury-Jaranson is scratching an item off her bucket list as she takes to the stage, finding the brighter side of her own cancer diagnosis. Norbury-Jaranson will be performing a six-minute comedy routine Wednesday, April 9 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak.

Tickets are on sale for $6 each. Doors open at 7 p.m., seating begins at 7:30 p.m. and the 90-minute show begins at 8 p.m.

Her routine centers around the silver lining and humor in a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Several other beginner and experienced stand-up comics will also be performing at this 18-and-over show. This event is a showcase of the Stand-Up Comedy 101 graduates.

More than one year ago, Norbury-Jaranson, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She credits Karmanos staff and Drs. Michael Simon, M.D., leader of the Breast Oncology Multidisciplinary Team; Mary Ann Kosir, M.D., FACS, associate professor of Surgery and Oncology; and Jordan Maier, M.D., medical director of Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills, with excellent care.

“People have told me that I should try stand-up comedy. So why not? I already have a daytime job and I won’t be quitting that anytime soon,” said Norbury-Jaranson. 

As part of her bucket list, she signed up for the Stand-Up Comedy 101 class with Bill Bushart, named “Best Comic in Detroit” by Metro Times in 2010.

Information on the show can be found on Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle Web site:

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