Top comics get gnarly with snowed in laughs

Five top comedians, Arj Baker, Craig Campbell, Pete Johansson, Dan Quinn and Glenn Wool are plowing into town Friday

Glen Wool

Glen Wool

There hasn’t been any sign of snow in Victoria yet this season, but there’s some on the way.

Five top comedians, Arj Baker, Craig Campbell, Pete Johansson, Dan Quinn and Glenn Wool are plowing into town Friday, Jan. 13 for the fourth-annual Snowed In Comedy Tour at the McPherson Playhouse.

The comics are on a month-long Western Canadian tour that combines snowboarding and comedy shows. Quinn came up with the idea to combine his two passions and asked some of his favourite comics (and friends) to come along. The result is the wildly successful Snowed In Comedy Tour.

During the week, the comics are shredding the slopes by day and splitting sides at night at various ski resort towns throughout B.C. and Alberta.

The weekend shows, in Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George, Calgary and Lethbridge are at larger theatres, which helps cover the cost of the week’s lift tickets. The tour was even sponsored by Endevour Snowboards.

“These five guys are all very good at what they do, but in completely different ways,” says Quinn. “We’re five distinct and unique voices that are at the top of our game. People have their favourites but enjoy the whole show.”

Glen Wool, the first Canadian ever to win the best of the fest prize at the prestigious Sydney comedy festival, agrees. “That’s the cool thing about this tour — because it’s our own tour, we get to pick who comes, so not only do we have five great friends, but we’re all going to blast it out with our best jokes. It’s going to be something to behold.”

Arj Barker is the lone American on the tour. This is the first year he’s been involved and the other comics are excited to have this Marijuana-logues co-creator and Flight of the Concords regular on board (pun intended).

“Having a guy like Arj on show, who plays 2,000-seat venues every night, it makes it a challenge. When you’re working with this many talented guys, you gotta bring your A game,” says Quinn. “I even get a little nervous before the show.”

Tickets are going fast, so visit rmts.bc.ca before they’re all gone. M

Snowed In Comedy Tour at McPherson Playhouse, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.Tickets start at $17.50 and are available at rmts.bc.ca

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