Library Comedy Show hits the stage in April

by Stephen Dafoe

The Morinville Community Library will hold its third annual Library Comedy Show at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Apr. 9. The licensed event is open to those 18 and older, and tickets are $20 each.

This year’s fundraiser show features improv comedians Julian Faid and Kory Mathewson together with opening act Lawrence Wolf.

Faid has been improvising for 15 years, appearing in improv festivals in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and Regina. Mathewson has shared the stage with top improv acts from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 2016, the two improv comedians presented TEDxRFT at the Seattle Festival of Improvised Theatre.

Opening act Lawrence Wolf has appeared on Bite TV, showcased for the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival and Sirius XM radio.

Library Manager Isabelle Cramp said they decided to break from their St. Jean Baptiste Festival connection this year and do the fundraiser earlier so as not to compete with the busy festival weekend.

“This is our third year doing it, and this is an event that seems to be well received in the community,” Cramp said. “We’ve had good attendance both years. We want to keep it going. The reason for the change is we find during the St. Jean Baptiste Festival people are really busy with everything that is going on, and we wanted to pull away from that a little bit to boost the attendance.”

Unlike previous years, the Library will not be splitting profits with the Festival Society. Instead, library volunteers will take the tickets, run the show, and tend the bar.

Proceeds from this year’s Library Comedy Show will go towards funding library programs, including computer workshops for seniors, the Summer Reading Program, and any special events the library might do in October.

Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a VIP table of eight. The table price includes two bottles of wine and snacks. Tickets can be purchased at the Morinville Community Library and online at EventBright. Doors open Apr. 9 at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.