The toll that new media is taking on today’s youth will be examined by Mitch Lavigne, a 17-year-old stand up comedian who’s slated to perform at a fundraiser for the BC Winter Games.
“Being born with the internet, my generation is incredibly good at accessing information,” he said. “We can find whatever we want, but we have a lot of trouble remembering it. We can never apply what we learn without our phones.”
Because the fundraiser takes place at a pub, Lavigne will be performing in front of an audience much older than what he’s normally used to.
He admits it’s easier to connect with people his age, but he’s prepared jokes for the adults that are clean and relatable, which he says is the key to comedy.
“I just observe the world and find those little things that are kind of wrong with it. For example, our cell phones shoot text messages into outer space and then back into the hand of the person you’re messaging at the speed of light, and then people sometimes complain when it takes more than three seconds.”
Lavigne’s comedy will be part of the Friends of the Games fundraiser at Tug’s Taphouse on Nov. 26, and his set will be followed by a live auction by Tony Ackland.
Tickets cost $20 each and include a burger, fries and drink, and can be purchased at Tug’s, the Penticton Community Centre and the BC Winter Games office on Martin Street.