Comedian Ryan Short during his act at the Okanagan Comedy Festival in 2017 at the Red Rooster Winery. Photo submitted.

Okanagan Comedy Festival continues to grow

eat, laugh, and be merry at any one of the eight venues in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon

What started as a few laughs on a houseboat, expanded to an Okanagan-wide comedy festival that is now in its fifth year.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I would put the lineup of this festival up against almost any other festival in the country. And I say that with humility because we were able to secure (the lineup) we have,” said co-organizer Lars Callieou.

The Okanagan Comedy Festival runs through to Aug. 26 and spans Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. Headliners include Sirius Radio host and former Masterchef Canada contestant Ben Miner, Tim Nutt and more.

Callieou, the festival founder, is also one of the headliners and is proud to say the lineup reflects how much he cares about the festival.

“The lineup is all people that I’ve worked with and that I’m fond of personally. When I started the festival five years ago, I picked people that I was fond of, who were funny and who were also really good people,” said Callieou.

The festival has been “taken to the next level,” according to Callieou, over the past two years with the help of fellow co-organizer Robert Gallant.

RELATED: TGIF: Penticton and South Okanagan events listings

“I (first) ran the festival with the help of David Kopp, who owns Dakota’s Sports Bar & Grill in Kelowna … so we used his venue as the main room as the comedy festival. And after three years I realized I was in way over my head,” said Callieou.

This is when Callieou, along with Nutt and other comedians, reached out to Gallant, who was the general manager of the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton, N.B., at the time.

“They were slowly building something here and decided that they wanted to turn it into a full-blown arts and cultural comedy fest,” said Gallant. “So they gave me a call to come out and it wasn’t hard to twist my arm with the Okanagan in the summer time and the wineries, so I said I was in.”

Friday’s show in Penticton takes place at Red Rooster Winery and features local comedian Matt Billon, along with Matt Mellon, Elisia Snyder, Steve Schultz and Nutt.

On Saturday, the comedians (James Moore, Danny Martinello, Ryan Short and Callieou) will fill Red Rooster Winery again with laughs. Craft Corner Kitchen is the second location with comics Mellon, Miklos Blackshaw, Mike McGuire, Norm Shaw and Billon performing.

For more information about the Okanagan Comedy Festival, visit www.okanagancomedyfestival.ca. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased on their website (online sales close one hour before the show) or at the venues.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Jordyn Thomson | Reporter

JordynThomson

Send Jordyn Thomson an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Revelstoke Rod and Gun club supports fishing proposal with conditions

The proposal considers reopening Revelstoke Reach of the Columbia Reach to angling

Growls and Hugs for Jan. 16

Someone or something got your hackles up? Or maybe someone made you… Continue reading

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 16

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, Jan. 13, 1894 Three feet of snow… Continue reading

Revy Let’s Talk…About those awful noises

Stacie Byrne CYMHSU Project Lead “Nails on a chalk board, clicking together… Continue reading

LETTER: Traffic on Victoria Rd in Revelstoke

An MVA at Charles & Victoria earlier in December should be a… Continue reading

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Most Read