Lineup for fall comedy festival includes five local acts

This year’s KamComedyFest will feature five local comedians among the more than 20 acts set to take the stage at The Rex in October.

One headliner is Dave Merheje, who is based in Los Angeles but from Windsor, Ont. He won the 2019 Juno Award for comedy album of the year for Good Friend Bad Grammar and has also had a recurring role on CBC sitcom Mr. D.

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James Mullinger, also headlining at the festival, is an English comedian who moved to Canada four years ago. He was once a finalist of Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol competition and since moving to Canada has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters and a number of comedy specials, movies and TV shows.

The two headliners will be joined by acclaimed funnyman Ed Hill, a Taiwanese comedian who moved to Vancouver at age 10, and Jane Stanton, who has appeared alongside acts like Tig Notaro and Arie Spears and worked as an actor on the ABC mini-series When We Rise, as well as CBC’s Arctic Air.

Other notables include Graham Clark (Canadian Comedy Award nominee) and Larke Miller (Last Comic Standing finalist).

The festival will also feature a host of local and regional acts, including five from Kamloops.

They include: Ryan Williams (Kamloops/Vancouver), Kate Belton (Kelowna), Sam Elliott (Kamloops), Jordan Strauss (Kelowna), Rob Balsdon (Kelowna), Kyle Patan (Kelowna), Alex Mackenzie (Prince George), Arron Butowski (Kamloops), Josh Ashton (Kelowna), Velina Taskov (Kelowna), Andrew Verge (Kelowna), Matt Baker (Kelowna), He Fangzhou (Toronto), Derek Zantolas (Kamloops), Scott Hilder (Kelowna) and Ernie Ware (Kamloops).

The festival will run from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 at The Rex, 417 Victoria St., and will be emceed by comedian Derek Sheen.

VIP and festival passes are available at Single evening passes will be available starting on June 1.

© Kamloops This Week


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