Merridale Showdown competitor comedian Derek Mohninger performs Jan. 18

The Merridale Showdown begins January 18

All star invitational features five past winners

The Merridale Showdown begins its fifth exciting year in Victoria on Jan. 18 with a brand new host – the vivacious Kirsten Van Ritzen.

The concept? Seven solo performers get up to seven minutes to take the stage – while keeping an eye on the giant Countdown Clock. Anyone who goes over gets eliminated! Then the audience votes for a winner – who takes home the coveted Merridale Crown and $100 cash.

Each month features a different themed competition. Sunday, Jan. 18 is an ALL STAR INVITATIONAL with a slate of winners from the past five years. Stand-up, spoken word and musical acts go head-to-head in a variety show guaranteed to entertain. Starring Jeremy Loveday (newly elected city councillor), Aleris Medea, Justin Carter, Drew Farrance, Derek Mohninger, Pam Stewart and 2014 Finale winner Paul Oppers.

Future monthly themes promise Puppetry, Character Acts, Musical Theatre and Circus. Circus?

Host Kirsten Van Ritzen is a busy actor recently seen in THE SECRET GARDEN (Kaleidoscope) and SO YOU SAID YES (Hallmark Channel), and an ‘M’ Award nominated comedienne who has performed hundreds of shows including the SIN CITY LIVE IMPROVISED SERIAL (opening Season 5 on Jan. 20).She is taking the reins with the assistance of Erikk Isfeld, a comedy promoter/producer who is a whiz at social media and creator of Comedy in Victoria.

Check out the Victoria Event Centre‘s different comedy show every Sunday night:

1st Sunday of the month: Sunday Night Improv

2nd Sunday: Wes Borg’s Cavalcade of Whimsy (formerly Phillips Comedy Night)

3rd Sunday: The Merridale Showdown

4th Sunday:  Derwin Blanshard’s Classy Sunday Night Programme – Wes Borg as “Derwin”

5th Sunday: Geez Louise Comedy Variety – hosted by Kirsten’s alter ego “Louise”

 

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