01/27/2015 02:03 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT

The Tragedy Show gives stand-up comics a venue for laughs and tears

A group of Vancouver performers bare their souls on stage — telling stories about injury, death, disease and other tragedies that changed their lives forever — all through the lens of comedy.

"By making light of it what you're doing is you're making it more your own," The Tragedy Show's co-producer Alex Sparling told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.

"It's no longer the issue hanging over top of you, you're taking the issue with you and doing what you will with it."

Sparling started the show after fellow comic Amber Harper-Young's mother passed away last summer.

"She wasn't really talking about it at all, and I pitched the idea to her of centring a show around being able to talk about that for the first time — not necessarily being able to talk about her personal tragedy, but there's so many comics in this city that keep a lot of stuff not necessarily tucked away, but you don't have the right venue to talk about it all the time."

The Tragedy Show has been performed twice before, and Sparling said so far it has been a success.

"It was an absolute emotional roller coaster. There were tears. There was a lot of laughs. I'm a big supporter of crying in your everyday life and I do think when you get emotional on that level it's a lot easier to find the funny in everything else."

The Tragedy Show is at 8 p.m. tonight at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club at 2837 Cambie St. in Vancouver.

To hear the full interview with Alex Sparling, including his own personal story of tragedy, click the audio labelled: Dealing with tragedy through comedy.