Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Tour heads to City

One of the first events to be held at City Centre Stage is set take place at the newly renovated venue next week.

The Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Tour kicks off in Red Deer next week with a number of shows slated to thrill local audiences.

The show will take place Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Curtain is at 8:30 p.m.

With dark, insightful comedy that achieves its effect by forcing the audience into self examination, Derek Sweet hosts the tour and eases the shock to the audience’s ego by coupling his mockery with outrageous confessions. In the end, everyone ends up pointing a finger at the human race and laughing together.

Sweet performed in the 2008 Great Canadian Laugh-Off in Toronto, showcased for Just For Laughs in 2009, and has quickly become a regular at all the clubs in Calgary. While he prefers to get edgy and downright filthy when he can, Sweet prides himself on providing every audience with the show that’s right for them.

He has also written a novel and strip comics since his last year of university where he graduated in 2001 with a BSc in computer science and a minor in philosophy.

Headlining the tour is Toby Hargrave. The New Millennium not only saw out the age of the mullet hairstyle, but also welcomed Hargrave into the world of stand-up comedy. Since he has gone onto perform at such notable festivals as the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Whistler Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

He is also an award-winning actor. The recent short film Spin Cycle, shot on location in Vancouver, won him the Best Actor Award for Vancouver’s 48 hour Film Festival. And, most recently after living in Vancouver for only two months, he was voted the funniest comic in that city at The Vancouver Comedy Festival Show Down.

A skilled storyteller, Hargrave has a gift for making the audience feel right at home (but not too comfortable). His comedy has universal appeal, leaving audience members nodding in agreement, feeling ‘me too’, or in the stark horror saying ‘may God have mercy on his heathen soul’.

Tickets are on sale at City Centre Stage. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. They will also be available to purchase at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for seniors.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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