Kinsmen comedy standing up for charity
Like many comedians – the ones who will admit to it – funny man Mike McGuire started out as the class clown.
He was always looking for ways to make people laugh. Now, as a member of the Prince George Kinsmen Club, he’s involved in booking out-of-town comedians to raise money to support local charities. Stand Up for Charities will present a new Night of Comedy on Saturday, Jan. 26 which stars professional TV and radio comedian Ivan Decker as well as local amateur talent.
“I began bringing in comedy shows to Prince George about four years ago,” said McGuire. “This one (Jan. 26) is our 11th show. The idea of Kinsmen clubs hosting comedy nights has really taken off and now our clubs in Vanderhoof, Mackenzie and Trail are all getting in comedians for their fundraisers.”
Recently, McGuire took commissions from his bookings and donated $1,340 to help support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in its work. Karen Kellett, president of the Prince George chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, was on hand Monday at the Free Press to receive the cheque.
“Mike has been a huge support of cystic fibrosis for many years and this is just a special way he contributes personally, as well as in his work with Kinsmen,” said Kellett. Her two sons, now adults and both about to be married, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and Kellett has always been very active supporting the work of the foundation with fundraising events like Razzle Dazzle.
Nancy O’s Restaurant in Prince George, which has a comedy night once a month, has been a good venue for McGuire to try out new routines on his “unsuspecting public” and develop his unique act.
“I do amateur stand-up opening there for the pros, so I got to see their show and meet a lot of them and that gave me a good idea of who to get in for our (Kinsmen) comedy nights. I began doing comedy routines in school, and now I’m always on the lookout for the next laugh.”
He says Decker is one of the best in the business.
Since his start in comedy in a bar in East Vancouver, Decker has quickly become one of the most entertaining comedians in the country. He’s appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and on various TV and radio shows including his own half-hour comedy special on CTV. He has also been a guest on the radio and television versions of the popular CBC program titled the Debaters.
Decker was voted the number one comedian in Vancouver by judges in the 2011 Vancouver Comedy Showdown. His comedic style is that of a modern-day observational comedian. Rather than doing crude jokes, he likes to dissect and disassemble everyday situations to find humour. His hilarious commentaries, coupled with his unique point of view on the struggles of today’s young adult, delight audiences from coast to coast.
The Kinsmen Club of Prince George presents a Night of Comedy as part of its Stand Up For Charity events which feature local talent as well as a comic headliner. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Kinsmen Community Hall, 777 Kinsmen Place. Tickets are $40, available at Studio 2880 and price includes roast beef buffet dinner. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Phone 250-563-2880.
Proceeds from the Jan. 26 Stand Up for Charity show go to support various Kinsmen charities in the community.