Stand up comedian Kevin Banner brings Sooke & Destroy to the EMCS theatre on Aug. 17

From the school of hard yuks

Kevin Banner returns to his hometown to Sooke & Destroy

Kevin Banner, Sooke’s very own stand up comedian is packing up his schtick and heading back to town for a night of comedy. It’s what he calls his annual blow off in Sooke. By blow off he means a night full of laughs and self deprecating adult humour. It’s going to be raunchy.

He’s pretty excited about coming back home for Sooke & Destroy on August 17.

“Last year I was nervous but the crowd was so good and other comics have been asking about doing it,” said Banner.

He said that for stand up comics there are not a lot of options apart from the gigs at comedy clubs, usually in the cities. So a one-nighter in Sooke at the community theatre is a good thing, both for the folks who enjoy comedy and the comedians who love to perform.

Performing stand up was a natural for Banner. He was the school funny guy and the laughs he got cemented his future dream. He grew up in Sooke and a lot of his family is still here, but he moved to Vancouver to get into the comedy scene on a more frequent basis. He is getting a lot of gigs and he said it is going better than he expected, although he still has another job. He was the houser emcee at Hecklers and he’s now a regular at the Comedy Mix.

So how does a Sooke kid get into comedy? Banner said it was desperation.

“It was desperation. I wanted to do something creative and be in control, stand up comics are the last people to say what we want, for the most part.”

Stand up is a gig you can do at any age and it doesn’t matter when you start cracking jokes for people.

“All the people I know that made a success out of Canada just work hard and they take opportunities when they come to you,” said Banner in regard to a comedians life in Canada.

Banner isn’t coming empty handed, he’s bringing some other funny people with him for Sooke & Destroy at EMCS. Along for the yuks are Jason Lamb, Katie-Ellen Humphries and headliner Ivan Decker.

“We’re all fighting the same fight,” said Banner, “Canadian show business.”

Jason Lamb has been doing stand-up comedy in B.C. for over a decade. In addition to being the house MC at Hecklers comedy club in Victoria, he is also the co-host of The Zone 91.3’s morning show. Recently, Lamb opened for two former Saturday Night Live cast members, Jon Lovitz and Norm Macdonald.

Katie-Ellen Humphries  has been making a name for herself throughout the Pacific Northwest entertaining audiences with her sharp wit, inventive imagination and cavernous dimples. Twice selected to perform at the famous Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival.

People may know Ivan Decker from his many appearances on CBC’s The Debaters… his special on CTV and the Comedy Network. Ivan has recently worked with SNL’s Seth Myers and Brent Butt of Corner Gas… Ivan makes his second appearance at Just For Laughs this year.

Tickets will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart and at the door.

 

Just Posted

Light wind sends half of Swiftsure yacht fleet back to shore early

Many racers return overnight in unusual race conditions

Radio Host Erin Davis pens Mourning Has Broken following death of her daughter

Book by North Saanich woman gives advice to others struggling with grief

Leaving dog in hot car can result in $75,000 fine, prohibition from owning animals, prison

B.C. SPCA received 800 calls last year about dogs left in hot cars

Bed Races on Beacon champs ready to defend their title

Race takes place July 7 on Beacon Avenue, raising funds for the Peninsula Youth Clinic

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Sooke Ladies off to a strong start

First year team posts impressive 7-2-1 record

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Most Read