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Touring comedians say, ‘Let it snow, let it snow.’

Comedians Arj Barker, Pete Johansson, Dan Quinn and Craig Campbell are all set for their visit to Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre as part of their Snowed In Comedy Tour on Jan. 9. - Photo submitted
Comedians Arj Barker, Pete Johansson, Dan Quinn and Craig Campbell are all set for their visit to Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre as part of their Snowed In Comedy Tour on Jan. 9.
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What happens when four internationally recognized comedians want to go snowboarding during the day and do comedy shows at night to pay for it? The Snowed In Comedy Tour.

The Snowed in Comedy Tour is unique in that it combines the talents of four big headliners on one stage playing venues as large as 1,400-soft-seat theatres and as small as 200-seat ski hill bars. The only common thread to the venues is the ski hill nearby. If you have a great ski hill, and a microphone, they will be there.

The Snowed in Comedy Tour is proud to be coming back for the sixth year. Last year was the biggest one yet. The tour played 29 shows in 23 cities to almost 10,000 people in western Canada. Late shows were added in Kamloops, Prince George, and Calgary. It was also the first year that a European tour was added playing Zurich, Geneva, Verbier, Chamonix, Basel, Meribel, and Tignes to another 3,000 people.

The Canadian leg was filmed for a TV special that will be airing on Chek TV this fall. The Snowed In Comedy Tour has become an international event with fans in numerous countries that continues to expand at a rapid pace. This year Norway will be added for two weeks to the European leg. Pete Johansson is the only comedian that will not make this part of the tour.

 

The players:

Arj Barker Barker is an American stand-up comedian who is developing a huge following in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and all over the world.

He is best known as playing Dave in the hit HBO sitcom Flight of the Concords. He is also co-creator of the hit offbroadway show the Marijuana-logues, a parody of the Vagina Monologues.

As a stand-up comedian he reached record sales at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Tours Australia playing to sold-out crowds at large theatres. He has been on David Letterman twice, The Tonight Show, Bill Maher’s HBO show, Last Comic Standing and multiple Just For Laughs Galas. He was also the winner of the prestigious Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh. He has done 3 Comedy Central Specials. His youtube clips have generated millions of views. If your not already an Arj Barker fan, you soon will be.

 

Pete Johansson Pete Johansson is making a name for himself as one of the top comedians in the world.

Johansson was raised in Canada and started his comedy career there.

But was soon invited to the top festivals and tv shows around the globe. He currently resides in London, England so he can keep up with all his touring around the world.

He was recently nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Award (formerly the Perrier) for his show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and 2010 UK Chortle Award for Breakthrough Act.

Johansson has long been a fixture on Canadian, US and British television having appeared performing his stand up on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comic Remix, NBC’s Friday Night, CBS’s Late Late Show, HBO’s Comedy Shorts from Aspen, The Comedy Channel’s Comedy Now!, CBC’s Comic’s, 3 episodes of Just for Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Fest, two episodes of The Debator’s TV Show, Comedy Central UK’s two episodes of Live from The Comedy Store, Channel 4’s Best of the Fest!, and BBC’s Russell Howards Good News!

 

Dan Quinn Dan Quinn is a natural storyteller.

With tales taken from his life he has become an international headliner. He tours Canada, the U.S, the U.K. and recently did his first shows in Amsterdam. His comedy is honest, personal edgy, relatable and always funny.

Winner of The Canadian comedy competition at Just for Laughs, Chosen Best of the Fest, Moncton Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival. He has been seen on CBC, CTV and the Comedy Network and heard on XM Radio.

He has developed a following in Western Canada through his constant touring and opening up for big name acts Russell Peters, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, Rob Schneider and Tom Green. His DVD The Stuff I wanted to Say has sold over 5000 copies.

He was tagged by the industry trade magazine Variety as “a comic to watch for.”

 

Craig Campbell In the past year Campbell has been nominated Best Headliner at The Chortle Awards, supported Frankie Boyle on his 120 date nationwide tour, finished his own nationwide solo tour - Craig Campbell Live - and performed on Dave’s One Night Stand, Russell Howard’s Good News and Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

Campbell was the notorious host of Canada’s legendary Ed’s Night Party, and headline guest on numerous Canadian TV shows such as Jim Carrey Live, The Dennis Miller Show and Just for Laughs.

He is a firm fringe favourite having made his Edinburgh debut alongside Tony Law and Dan Antopolski as part of comedy trio The Dinks which won great critical and box office success, leading to an invitation to perform in the Best Of Edinburgh programme in New York. He has since supported Rich Hall on his international tour and had two further successful solo shows in Edinburgh.

 

The Snowed In Comedy Tour will play the Tidemark Theatre Thursday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $33.33 (+applicable taxes and fees) and are available at the Tidemark Box Office or by calling 287-PINK or visiting tidemarktheatre.com

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