Acclaimed comedians aim to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer

Comedy for a good cause is the goal of a tour coming through the City later this month.

Comedians with ‘The Boob Tour’ are gearing up for a Red Deer show on April 19.

The performance, which takes place at the iHotel 67th St., features James Uloth, Gabriel Rutledge and Dan Taylor. Showtime is 8 p.m.

A past winner of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, Rutledge has made television appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, the nationally syndicated Comedy.TV, and Nickelodeon’s Nickmom Night Out while Taylor is a pastor from Edmonton and offers good clean comedy, Uloth said.

Uloth got his own start in comedy at an early age. For starters, he was pretty much always the funny kid in class and after making the other kids crack up, he spent his share of time in the hall. After working as a paramedic for a while, he chose to pursue stand-up and within just three years he was working in it full-time.

As a teen, his best friend’s mom passed away after a battle with breast cancer, and even at that young age, Uloth knew he wanted to do something to help the cause.

The idea to use comedy as a fundraiser was sparked years later, and since the first tour back in 2010, more than $250,000 has been raised for breast cancer research in particular and various cancer programs in general.

Meanwhile, Uloth said the two main goals of the The Boob Tour are to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and all cancer charity, and to promote comedy and the power of laughter.

“It’s going to be a great night. We appeal to a broad audience. If you come out, you’re going to be laughing,” he said. “We want people to come out and communicate the power of laughter. Cancer is sad and if you don’t laugh, you cry. We really wanted to have a fundraiser that’s not going to be a gloomy evening. We can all share in laughter.”

In 2007, the ‘I Love Boobs’ logo was born and from its inception it was a fundraiser tool. Originally being branded on stickers and t-shirts that were being sold after shows and online, Uloth said it was time to take it further. Ultimately, it evolved into The Boob Tour.

Uloth said proceeds support local charities, and the money is kept in the communities that come out to support the cause. This year all money raised is in support of the Red Deer Relay for Life.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at Budget Brake and Muffler, Candy Bags or the Canadian Cancer Society office.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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