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Drew McLean Comedy Festival set to feature 20 comedians across three venues

The renamed Kam Comedy Festival honours promoter Drew McLean, who was dedicated to bringing comedy and music to the city

A newly named comedy festival is coming to three Kamloops venues starting on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The Drew McLean Comedy Festival, named after the late promoter who brought a lot of laughs to Kamloops, will run from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, spanning three venues and 20 comedians.

Headlining acts include Sean Cullen, Lisa Baker, Patrick Maliha, Ron Vaudry and Dakota Ray Hebert.

Cullen, a three-time Gemini Award winner, wrote and starred in his own CBC series and is a regular on the Comedy Network's Match Game.

Others set to take the stage this year at what was formerly known as the Kam Comedy Fest, include Ryan Williams, Kyle P. Ferris, Arron Butowski and Bonnie Esson.

Among the festival's three venues is The Effie, which McLean started in order to bring more comedy and music to the city.

Following McLean's unexpected death on Nov. 8, 2021, fellow promoters, musicians and comedians took to social media to remember McLean.

"It was always his dream to own his own stage, where he could support new talent and give a chance to anyone who wanted to try something on stage," read a statement posted to the Effie Arts Collective Facebook page.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Effie, featuring Tim Nutt and Kamloops' best pro-am comics.

Headliners will rotate venues with different combinations of comedians each day, with events taking place in the Blackwell Room of the Plaza Hotel and at the Blue Grotto.

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