Category Archives: Funniness

Having the Last Laff

Don’t miss The Last “Laff” show. Newfoundland’s longest touring entertainers plunge into some new and classic material. You’ll be treated to new ballads and be delighted to hear some old classics including: Sarah, Saltwater Joys, Da Barbacue.

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Buddy delivers a side-splitting dissertation on the life of BAACH and he and Chaulkie give mainlanders some crucial advice when encouraging a story from a Newfoundlander. Ray has a few new titillating tunes on the Carbonear computer as well as a dandy recitation. And Chaulkie might sing the blues as well as a new song about beautiful Corner Brook.

Come witness the spectacle which is Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. These three musical and comedic craftsmen are assisted as always by their venerable bassist, Byron Pardy.

From Sketch comedy to poignant ballads dressed in sweet harmony, their ranting and raving has something for everyone. You will certainly connect or reconnect to The Rock.

The last Laff is at The Harbourfront Theatre Saturday, April 8th, at 8 PM.

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Alls I’m Saying

Alls I’m Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life’s galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy — like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack.

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From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy. As Rick Mercer says, “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”

Clearly the critics agree: “5 STARS – the funniest man on earth” – Winnipeg Free Press; “4 STARS – the crowd howled” – Victoria Times Colonist; “still the funniest man in Canada” – Toronto Sun; “Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy” – Charlottetown Guardian; “Derek Edwards is hysterical” – Calgary Sun; “Edwards takes stand-up to next stage” – Georgia Straight; “the epitome of timing & storytelling” – Halifax Chronicle Herald; “the comedian’s comedian” – London Free Press.

Alls I’m Saying – Derek Edwards’ new 90-minute stand-up comedy show, …a richly textured and enthralling ‘cut above,’ delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.

Derek Edwards is at The Harbourfront on Sunday, April 2, at 7:30 PM.

Popalopalots is Back!

Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger in that movie where he’s trying to save the boy who would grow up to save humanity, said “I’ll be back”? Well, imagine, instead of Arnold, it was Popalopalots Improv Comedy who would be back. And instead of trying to save humanity, Popalopalots just wanted to make you laugh.

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Performing their make-it- up-on- the-spot sketch comedy at The Guild in Charlottetown, Popalopalots will have you laughing when they succeed, and laughing even harder when they fail.

Popalopalots appears at The Guild on January 5th 8 -10 PM.

A Shake Joint at The Harbourfront

THE COMIC STRIPPERS
A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show

The Comic Strippers are a fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating, in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their sexylarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance;” these guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh. Women often say the most attractive thing about a man is his sense of humour – so ladies, these stripped-down comedians are sure to make your head explode.

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And not to worry, gentlemen, this is definitely a parody of male strippers. Some of the performers have what’s called ‘Comedy Bodies’ – they will make you look fabulous by comparison!

Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

WARNING: No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A show for all genders… 19+ only

Roman DanyloFresh from sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and Canada, The Comic Strippers are:

Roman Danylo -For five seasons, Roman starred on CTV’s Comedy Inc. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on Just For Laughs and The Debaters.

Ken Lawson – Ken starred in the Canadian sitcom Health Nutz and has performed all over North America with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League and The Second City.

Chris Casillan – An improv comedy vet with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Chris is also a Canadian Comedy Award winner with his sketch comedy group Canadian Content.

Michael Teigen – As well as being a professional improviser and theatre actor, Michael has been in over 30 television shows and over 40 feature films.

★★★★★ “Extremely funny comedy show that showcases their mercurial improvisational talents.” – UK Fringe Review

★★★★ “A high- energy evening that never loses pace.” – Adelaide Now
“A show suitable for both men and women… an entertaining ride where anything goes.” – Rip It Up Magazine

“One of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever seen.” – Vancouver Sun

Annekenstein Rises Again

After 19 years Annekenstein & Friends is returning to The Guild stage to take back its crown as PEI’s favourite sketch comedy show. Created by Rob MacDonald (Sketch-22, The Popalopalots), the stage show grew from cult favourite to mainstream success by poking fun at all things “Island” during its initial 7-year run.

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Annekenstein & Friends plays Saturday nights at The Guild from July 2nd – August 20th.

Wit at the Guild

PEI’s own WITTY Mama, an all women’s improv comedy company, will host a night of improvisational comedy in Charlottetown on Friday, April 29, 2016, at The Guild. Proceeds will go to PEI United Way and to scholarships for WITTY Mama classes for women.

Alanna Jankov, Executive Director of The Guild, is thrilled to support WITTY Mama’s second show. “It’s important to The Guild to support, nourish and be part of creating opportunities for women to participate in theatre,” she said.

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For anyone wondering what you can expect from a night of Improv, veteran performer and director of WITTY Mama, Nancy McLure said, ‘You can expect anything! It could be good, it could be bad, it could be funny, it could be sad. What you can count on is having some fun being part of a creative experience like no other.’

WITTY Mama was born from the original WITTY (Women’s Improv Thrown Together, Yo), a group of women who came together to laugh, stretch themselves, and grow their improv skills in the winter of 2015. Kirstin Lund, one of the founders of WITTY Mama saw the opportunity for a women’s improv group after having experienced improv years ago, through Laurie Murphy of F.I.G.H.T. Club and Drill Queens fame. ‘I’d been searching for a chance to do it again regularly ever since,” said Lund, “It struck me one day that I didn’t need to wait any longer for someone else to provide the opportunity.”

Lund and Patti Larsen, a former F.I.G.H.T. Club performer, came together soon after to coordinate and offer improv classes to women with sponsorship from The Guild.

The show, which starts at 7:30 pm, will be compromised of two 40-minute sets, with the doors, and downstairs bar, opening at 7:00pm. Tickets are ON SALE now for $15, and are available through The Guild.

 

Popalopalots Appears (and Appears) at The Guild

The eight-person Popalopalots comedy group will host P.E.I.’s first-ever improv comedy marathon, Popalopalooza, Jan. 29–30. They’re making it up as they go along.

Improv is comedy created on the spur of the moment without a script, usually as short sketches or games driven by audience suggestions. “Even as I say it, it sounds — like, what am I doing?” Rob MacDonald of Popalopalots told CBC Radio Island Morning host Matt Rainnie.

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All proceeds go to the Cancer Treatment Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to purchase new heated seats for patients.

“Everybody is affected by cancer and a couple of the Popalopalots have or have had people go through there,” Mr. MacDonald said. The marathon will start at The Guild in Charlottetown on Friday Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. and run until the following Saturday night at 10 p.m.

“It terrifies me, and I’m looking at it as a sort of sociological or psychological experiment,” Mr. MacDonald joked.

Members of the group will take turns on stage so everyone will get a chance to take a break over those 26 hours.

Admission to the show is by donation for the first 24 hours. Tickets for the final two hours, from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, are $15.

Stamina is required. Even if the audience is nonexistent at 4 a.m., the show will go on, promises Mr. MacDonald. “I’m going to try to be on stage for as many minutes as are humanly possible,” he said.

Participants are now scheduling themed hours so they have a rough plan to follow.

“Saturday morning, I think we’re going to be doing fairy tales for a couple of hours,” said Mr. Macdonald. The group is calling the section from midnight to 4 a.m. “the filthy and the dirty” and tailoring it to crowds coming in from local bars.

The Popalopalots suggest the best time to check out the action is on Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., when they plan to improvise a complete full-length 2-hour movie slash play, which they’re already promising will be “terrible.”

Predictions are that by the end of the 26 hours the actors will be fighting with one another and sobbing from exhaustion. Members of the brave crew include Rob MacDonald, his son Cameron MacDonald, Graham Putnam, Dylan Miller, Jordan Cameron, Ben Hartley, Kelly Caseley, and Alicia Arsenault.