Loads of laughs lined up for Penticton comedy festival

Three top comedians performing at Community Foundation of the South Okanagan comedy festival in Penticton.

Matt Kirshen

Matt Kirshen

If you are looking for a laugh, then you don’t want to miss the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan’s Comedy Festival on Oct. 20 in Penticton.

The lineup includes three comedians who have been featured on every major show on the circuit including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Just For Laughs and more.

This year the event will have comedians Matt Kirshen, Alonzo Bodden and David Crowe on stage.

Kirshen was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and his youthful looks disguise a veteran comic with almost a decade of experience. He also opened for Jimmy Fallon on a college tour promoting his late-night show.

Bodden was introduced to America on Last Comic Standing when he was the runner up on Season 2 and then came back to win the title in Season 3. Since then he has been a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a favourite guest on Adam Corolla’s radio show and podcast.

Seattle, Wash, based comedian, Crowe, recently had his own one-hour comedy special on Showtime which he produced himself. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival he received three perfect five-star reviews and was described as having an “absolutely captivating nerdy charisma.”

The comedy festival takes place on Oct. 20 at the Barking Parrot. Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, an auction and all three comedians shows. They are available for purchase at the Lakeside Resort or from Community Foundation board members. Doors open to the show at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

For the past 12 years the Community Foundation has hosted world-class comedians and thanks to significant support from Investors Group and the friends of the foundation, all proceeds from this event go to operating the foundation.