Kamloops Komedy Festival returning with 15 comedians

The lineup has been named for the Kamloops Komedy Festival, to be held at city venues in mid-August.

The festival was first held in 2016 and is now returning for its fourth year.

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Fifteen comedians round out this year’s lineup.

Ryan Belleville is a Canadian comedian who has performed across North America. He’s the past winner of a Canadian Comedy Award and Phil Hartman Award and has eight Just For Laughs appearances under his belt, along with appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, CBS’ The Late Late Show and MTV’s Busted.

Edmonton-based comedian Sterling Scott was a finalist in the 2013 San Francisco Comedy Competition and winner of the Edmonton Comedy Festival’s “young guns” competition the same year.

Since then, Scott performed as far away as the Middle East and at Just For Laughs in Montreal, and was a writer and actor on the 20th season of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Lars Callieou’s one-hour special is currently airing on the Comedy Network. He’s been a comedy competition finalist in San Francisco and Seattle, performed for troops in the Middle East and in Australia.

Callieou has also toured with some big names, including Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Saget and Martin Short.

Dan Taylor draws on his experience as a husband, father, social worker, pastor and barista to delight his audiences. He’s also been on CBC, CTV and YesTV.

Kenny V is a retired teacher and full-time comedian, largely known as a performer at corporate events in Western Canada.

Leland Klassen, also the founder and organizer of the Kamloops Komedy Festival, has been featured at Just For Laughs, on the Comedy Network, CBC, Netflix and the Halifax Comedy Festival.

Kelly Aija Zemnikis started her stand-up career at 37 and has since become a regular on stages in Toronto, Montreal and New York City.

Katie Westman worked the comedy scenes in Vancouver and Montreal before returning back to her hometown of Calgary. She has performed at Just For Laughs in Montreal and the Okanagan Comedy Festival.

Ryan Short has performed at The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia and the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton. He’s also a regular at the Okanagan Comedy Festival.

Australian comedian Chris Franklin has done five Middle East comedy tours and performed all over the world, including Scotland, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and beyond. When it comes to comedy in Australia, Franklin has done it all, emceeing and headlining every major club in the country.

Terry North isn’t Australian, but does perform there regularly as a host and comedian. He’s known as a fringe and comedy festival circuit veteran.

Danny Martinello is originally from Edmonton and now lives in Toronto. He has appeared on shows on NBC, CTV and CBC and appears regularly on Sirius XM radio shows.

Alex Mackenzie is a former Prince George pulp mill worker who quit his job to pursue his comedy dreams, now performing all over Western Canada.

Nitish Sakhuja is a regular at Toronto’s Corner Comedy Club and co-host of popular Toronto podcast High on Trees.

Tim Nutt started his comedy career in Vancouver and now lives in Kelowna. He’s performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal and Toronto and performed as part of Stand Up in Kandahar, a CBC comedy special shot in Afghanistan.

The show will run from Wednesday, Aug. 14, to Sunday, Aug. 18 at various venues across the city, including The Noble Pig, Cascades Kamloops Casino, Chances Casino and The Paramount Theatre.

Tickets are available for select shows online at kamloopskomedyfestival.com/tickets.

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