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Cool days meet hot nights during Snowed In Comedy Tour

Four comedic stars showcase belly-busting chops on a 23-city tour that covers all the boarding hotspots of Western Canada during the third annual Snowed In Comedy Tour sliding into the Playhouse Saturday night.
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Four comedic stars showcase belly-busting chops on a 23-city tour that covers all the boarding hotspots of Western Canada during the third annual Snowed In Comedy Tour sliding into the Playhouse Saturday night.

"This tour is so much fun for us," said one of the troup's comedians, Dan Quinn. "We sold out two shows in P.G. last year and the people are so excited to be part of this great night and then there's the snowboarding, which I'm addicted to anyway. It's going to be great."

Powder King is already at the top of the to-conquer list for Sunday following the P.G. show, said Quinn, who added it was one of the comedians favourite hills last year.

"What's really cool about this tour is that you won't find a show with multiple comedians on this level," he said. "And we get to go snowboarding, which is why [we're on tour], right?"

The comedians have a plethora of material to play with.

For example, Quinn's attendance at numerous weddings last year lends itself perfectly to humour. And he'll also touch on the rich material that comes out of the dating scene.

However to ensure there's no excessive repetition of themes, the comedians discuss subject matter before they hit the stage.

"We have the ability to adjust our show a bit and everybody finds their groove," said Quinn. "It's not like a big deal when we have to make adjustments. That's the great thing about guys that are really good."

The players, such as Phil Nichol, Craig Campbell and Paul Myrehaug, are very experienced - Nichol is best known for his work on Corky and the Juice Pigs, Mad TV and the song Gay Eskimo. He now lives in London, England where he's become a world-calibre comedian.

"Phil's going to be doing some musical comedy," Quinn said, who has his own monthly half-hour show on the Comedy Network . "Phil's kind of a high-energy, fun guy."

Paul Myrehaug will be taking over for regular player Glenn Wool, who's taping two television shows this week, one in New York and the other in L.A.

Myrehaug won the 2007 Great Canadian Laugh Off and took home the $25,000 top prize.

"He's been on TV and Just For Laughs and is probably one of the best up-and-coming comics in Canada right now," said Quinn.

"He's doing really well for himself, touring the world and entertaining the troupes in Afghanistan - and he snowboards too, so it's going to be a lot of fun."

Campbell has been seen on The Comedy Store, Michael Mcintryre's Road Show, and travels the world attending the best comedy festivals or bestivals.

There are two shows Saturday night. Tickets for the 7:30 show are $35 and are almost sold out. There are still tickets available for the 10 p.m. show and those cost $25.

Tickets are available at Ruins Boardshop, 1466 Third Avenue, or call 250-562-6213 or visit www.snowedincomedytour.com.