Comedy show coming to Whitecourt

Alberta comedian Lars Callieou started The Firepit Comedy Tour this summer to spark laughter during a stressful time. Plus, he likes to perform. jpg, WH

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Laughter is on its way when three comedians come to Whitecourt for an evening of live entertainment.

Headliner Lars Callieou said the Whitecourt show will be his first indoor event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down in March.

“There’s this almost comforting familiarity with forgetting the world for a moment when watching a live comedy show,” said Callieou.

The comedy night will feature two shows – one at 6:30 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m. There are only 100 tickets available per show. Tickets are $19.99 each plus GST and are available online (search Eventbrite) or at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, where the event is being held

Andrew Malmquist, arts and culture coordinator with the Town of Whitecourt, is organizing the comedy show and said under normal circumstances the Millar Centre could hold 500 people at a time.

“We are taking all COVID precautions,” said Malmquist. Cohorts will be social distanced and a cleaning procedure will happen in between shows.

“Unfortunately, we can’t offer bar or food because the logistics didn’t work out for that,” said Malmquist.

While staff working the event will be wearing masks, guests will not be required to unless they want to.

“There is not a lot going on right now and we wanted to provide something fun,” said Malmquist. “We want to provide a safe space for people to get out with friends or for a date night.”

Callieou, who will be joined by two opening act comedians, said the 90-minute show is for a more mature audience. He recommends ages 16 and over.

The 45-year-old who was born in Fort St. John, B.C. but lives in Edmonton has been doing stand-up comedy for 17 years. He has travelled his country, continent and the world bringing laughter to the people. He even has a one-hour special on The Comedy Network.
Callieou has toured with the likes of Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy and Bob Saget. He has appeared in numerous comedy festival such as the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

The comedian was on a three month tour in Australia when 11 days in the Canadian government warned citizens abroad to come home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I went 46 days without doing a live stand up show,” said Callieou.

He was craving the audiences. Doing comedy over Zoom wasn’t the same. So on May 2 he invented The Firepit Comedy Tour. He performed 155 shows in people’s backyards.

“I just wanted to perform again.”

The Firepit Comedy Tour was created more out of a selfish need, he said.

“People would tell me, ‘It’s so great your bringing laughter to the people,’ but I just really wanted to perform,” he said with a chuckle.

Callieou said he is so excited to perform in Whitecourt. He has performed in Whitecourt for corporate functions and once at the casino.

“I love performing. I need to perform. And I love the fact we can bring some laughter to people as well,” said Callieou.

During this pandemic time, the live comedy show will allow people to escape out of their world for a bit and have some laughs.
“The escapism is a wonderful part of it, especially in the world today.”

 

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