Peace Country Comedy Festival coming up this weekend

Tickets are still up available for select shows as comedians take the stage at the Lido tonight, to start off the 2nd annual Peace Country Comedy Festival.

This year, eight comedians are performing nine different shows in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

Primarly taking place at the Lido, comedians will also be performing at many different venues, from the Pomeroy Hotel, to the Lake Point Golf course in Charlie Lake, and Sudeten Hall in Dawson Creek.

Every comedian who is performing has performed at the Lido before – not necessarily as part of the comedy festival, but for their own shows.

Owner of the Lido Brian Kirschner says he was inspired by comedy festivals in cities like Halifax, Winnipeg, and Montreal – and it wasn’t difficult to attract comedians to come perform in a smaller place than most comedy festivals.

“They all love the Lido, we have a pretty good reputation across Canada,” Kirschner said. “They get treated top notch here, and really, I have to select comedians and pair it down to what I can have for shows … Getting the acts is the easy part.”

Kirschner is thinking big for the future of the festival – he hopes some day it can attract CBC to come broadcast the shows.

Tonight, Greg Morton, Tim Nutt, and Johnny “Bagpipes” Johnston will take the stage at 8 PM – door open at 7 PM.