First annual comedy fest promises lots of laughs
Regina's burgeoning comedy scene will get a big boost on the weekend, thanks to the "Pile o Bones Comedy Festival."
It's the brainchild of local comedian Shaun Koch.
“It’s basically five days, about 15 shows, over 20 comics, and we’re just bombing the city of Regina with comedy for five days,” said Koch.
He said he's seen the local comedy scene grow like wildfire the last few years, and the festival is something Regina can get excited about.
“Saskatchewan’s got more money than anybody else in the country. Our population’s only going up. We’re a huge energy provider across the world. The Junos are here next year. The Grey Cup’s here next year. And I just really thought this city needed a stand-up comedy festival.”
The first annual event began Wednesday night and features multiple stand-up performances each night through Sunday.
Koch said the diverse line-up includes performers from Toronto and Vancouver, in addition to locals from Regina and Saskatoon.
“A whole lot of funny. There are some incredibly talented people here in the city. I brought who I considered some of the best comics from the country. And there’s shows for everybody, it varies different venues.”
Some of the ticket sales will be going towards a cancer support program for First Nations people.
For a full list of performers and lineup details visit the festival’s website.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.