Sooke’s Kevin Banner has a comedy show lined up for July 14..

Kevin Banner is yukking it up in Sooke

Local comedian to hold event called Sooke & Destroy on July 14

He’s big, he’s brazen and he’s Kevin Banner. Banner, the funny guy, the comedian who was born and raised in Sooke.

Those who know him, know he did stand-up comedy at Mulligans, at Hecklers in Victoria and went on to win a $5,000 prize at Stand Up & Bite Me, hosted by Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame.

Those events got the creative juices running and Banner hasn’t been able to settle into anything mundane since.

On July 14, he is bringing some of his comedic buddies to Sooke for Sooke & Destroy, a night of stand-up in the Edward Milne community theatre.

“This is my final show in Sooke for awhile,” he said. “I’m bringing in three of the funniest guys in Canada; John Beuhler, Sean Proudlove and Kyle Bottom.”

Banner said all of them have had comedy specials on the Comedy Network.

“Kyle is making his Just for Laughs debut the week after,” said Banner.

Banner had a shot of fame in Toronto when he won the competition to find Canada’s funniest stand up comedian. That was all good but what Banner enjoyed the most was being able to perform in the Second City theatre.

“That was pretty cool,” he said. “It was great to see names of the greats from the John Candy days and SCTV.

For the past few years, Banner has been bringing his own brand of comedy to Hecklers on Friday and Saturday nights. Hecklers is the only comedy venue in Victoria and Banner will be there until the end of August, then he moves to Vancouver.

In mid-August there will be a comedy festival happening in Victoria and comedians from all over the world will be descending on the city for this premiere event — the Blue Bridge Comedy Festival.

Back to Banner and the boys.

Banner said the comedy show is geared for adults.

“It’s definitely adult content. It’s not shocking for the sake of shocking. The language and themes are not what everyone wants to hear about. It’s not improv, it’s stand-up.”

So what is Banner’s comedy schtick? He said his sense of humour is self-deprecating, a little raunchy at times, a little silly and a whole lot funny.

Banner was the funny guy at school. He acted in plays but comedy allowed him creative control and that’s what appealed to him.

“It’s more than learning lines and dancing.”

Dancing? Yes, Banner said he has “remarkable grace for a man my size.”

Don’t expect a little soft shoe shuffle or big guys dancing, expect a lot of laughs and something a little different for Sooke.

“I’m really excited to bring these three guys to Sooke. They’re really funny and it’s going to be a great show,” Banner said.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

Just Posted

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

VicPD nab distracted driver with expired licence

On the phone while in motion, man had overdue fines from driving while impaired

Working for the common good

Film Awareness night examines alternate business models

Cooking with ‘Killer’

Reporter Dawn Gibson shares some of her favourite meals to make

WEB POLL: Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?

Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?… Continue reading

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

How high is safe from a tsunami? Four metres above sea level

Be disaster ready with food, water and clothing for seven days

Victoria Film Festival set for triumphant return to the big screen

Two decades on, diverse film lineups keep movie-goers coming to the box office

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Most Read