If you’re looking for some good belly laughs and the chance to poke fun at your friends, you won’t want to miss the Snowed In Comedy Tour, which hits The GLC for four nights at 8:30 p.m. from Monday, Jan. 15 to Thursday, Jan. 18.
With four of Canada’s best and most entertaining comedians each getting approximately 25 minutes on stage, the show has the pace and wit of a speed dating session.
“I like to overlap the Canadians in the room with the tourists,” said comedian Craig Campbell, who will emcee all four nights in Whistler.
He will be introducing Canadian comedians Dan Quinn — who started the tour 10 years ago to go snowboarding — along with Pete Zedlacher and Paul Myrehaug.
Craig’s talent comes in drawing out information from the audience then putting them in the line of fire.
“It tends to be good when somebody’s pointed out,” he said. “Someone might not want to be noticed but they’ve got three friends at the table and say (to me), ‘Hey, he’s from New Zealand.’”
And Whistler’s audience is rich with both tourists and locals who are from other countries.
“There’s not many parts of the world where you point out that 70 per cent of the audience is tourists and everyone says, ‘Right on’. There’s a warmth I get from that,” said Campbell.
One of Campbell’s favourite cultures to target is the Dutch.
“I’m pretty ruthless with the Dutch,” he said. “If anybody (in the audience) is from Holland, it’s like forget it.”
Visitors from Japan, Norway, or the United States also come under the line of comical fire. “We had an American from Texas (in another show) that had me singing, ‘All my exes are from Texas,’” he said.
Of course, Campbell will take on Australians, cracking jokes about 40 Australians living in a bathtub and how that’s the norm in Whistler.
“That’s a large part of the show, interacting with the people,” he said. “Whether they’re from Squamish just down the road or Sydney, they can have a pretty good laugh. And if they’re from Sydney and they live in Squamish now that’s even funnier.”
Campbell has been with the tour for all of its 10 years and has travelled the world, though always looks forward to coming to Whistler. The addition of a fourth day to the Whistler stop was his request — primarily because he wanted to stick around to snowboard, but also because the show at The GLC is a highlight of the tour for him.
“I’ve played Whistler a hundred times in my life easily and to be able to stick around and do an extra three shows because you like snowboarding… I tell you, that’s like the pinnacle of the tour,” he said.
The beauty of the four nights at the GLC is that not one of them will be like the other, because the audience will be different every night.
“Generally the show blows the doors off that place,” he said. “It’s just an easy ticket to laugh. If you got a ticket in your stocking you know you’re up for a good night in the New Year.”
To give the gift of laughs or to experience it yourself visit snowedincomedytour.com. Tickets are $30.