The annual Kamloops Komedy Festival is back this week, with shows at various venues.
The festival will run from Wednesday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 18, and feature comedians from across Canada and around the world.
Newly incorporated as a non-profit arts society, the Kamloops Komedy Festival is expanding its repertoire and growing into a full-scale festival.
“The first few years showed that the city of Kamloops really has an appetite for this type of festival and I’m excited that we get to bring it back and expand the number and types of shows this year,” event founder and longtime headline comedian Leland Klassen said. “It’s great to see it grow so much in just a few short years.”
Venues being used this year include The Noble Pig Brewpub, Chances Casino, Cascades Casino, Paramount Theatre and the Gateway City Church for the family show.
Director of talent and headline comedian Lars Callieou has finalized the comedian roster for the festival.
“We are very fortunate to have so many talented comedians lining up to be part of this growing festival”, Callieou said. “We are especially proud to be presenting two theatre shows this year at the Paramount. The Friday Night Gala and the Saturday show, Ryan Belleville & Friends. Ryan is headlining Saturday and is one of the world’s finest standups. A star of the hit sitcom Workin’ Moms, he’s a must-see.”
Comedians confirmed for this year’s festival include Belleville, Klassen, Tim Nutt, Chris Franklin from Australia, Lars Callieou, Terry North from England, Dan Taylor, Sterling Scott, Danny Martinello Nitish Sakuja, Ken Valgardson, Kelly Aija Zemnickis, Katie Westman, Ryan Short and Alex MacKenzie, along with some up-and-coming local talent.
There are 11 shows between Wednesday and Sunday, some of which have sold out. For more information and to buy tickets, go online to https://www.kamloopskomedyfestival.com/tickets.