Stand up comedy came pretty naturally to Adam Blank. “People have been laughing at me since I was a kid, whether I liked it or not. I figured I might as well get in on the joke.”
A life long comedy fan, Adam decided to “hit reset” at the age 32, walking away from his day job as a forklift operator to become a stand up comedian. Today, he’s considered one of the top up and coming comics in Western Canada. He has been invited to appear at both the Okanagan & Edmonton Comedy Festivals, and has performed in comedy clubs all across Canada. He also hosts a weekly show at ‘Rick Bronson’s The Comic Strip’ in West Edmonton Mall, one of the top comedy clubs in the country.
In addition to stand up, Adam has been featured on Shaw TV, and appeared alongside Hopper Penn & UFC Star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the feature film “Puppy Love”.
Combining his self-depreciating sense of humour and “in the moment” audience interaction, Adam’s laid-back, happy-go-lucky stage presence charms audiences of all ages.
“All I want out of comedy is to earn a living, and to show people that you’re never too old to chase a dream…
…and to meet Bill Murray.”
Brent Ayton is a funny guy who keeps his material close to his chest, so to speak. The oil and gas research engineer who moonlights as a stand-up comic admits that a lot of his material isn’t exactly “Gazette ready.”
That didn’t stop him from taking the crown at last month’s Funniest Person with a Day Job contest at The Comic Strip. Humour has always been an integral part of his life, he notes, despite his line of work not affording much in the way of exploring one’s sense of humour.
It’s incredible that anyone would subject themselves willingly to such an experience. It was something that he always felt like he had to do. Joking around is not only genetic; it’s part of his family’s culture. Every one of his immediate family is a yukster and taking it to the next level was something he had to do.
“Just being the youngest of four, you gotta do something to get attention and get fed!” he joked. “You don’t bring much to the table otherwise. If you crack a joke every once in a while then they’ll keep you around, I guess.”
Ayton won first place on May 19 after several rounds of comedic competition with 10 to 12 competitors in each round. The Funniest Person is a popular contest among the other amateur comics that he’s met through open mikes.
Cold Lake funny man isn’t only funny as heck but can sell you drugs for any ailment you have! Owner of a local pharmacy, Bob Mattice pulls no stops once he leaves the dry confines behind the counter and hits the stage!!
It is going to be another incredible night of entertainment at The Grande Parlour!!
The Grande Parlour Doors will open at 7pm with Show starting at 8:00pm. Beantrees Cafe will be open till show end for meal and drink service!
This is general Admission so arrive early for the best seats. If you are a larger group(8 or more) then contact Craig and we can reserve tables for you.
|Nov 2nd~Adam Blank w/ Brent Ayton||$25|