Smiths Falls

Comedy talent comes to town this Friday

Posted Aug 16, 2012 By Stacey Roy

EMC Entertainment - If you missed him at the local school don't miss Randy Borden this Friday night, Aug. 17 at the Civitan Club where the Smiths Falls native and some comedic friends will have their audience in stitches.

The show is part of Borden's annual trek back to his roots. The former resident welcomes his past classmates and neighbours to the Smiths Falls Civitan Hall Friday, Aug. 17 for the 8:30 p.m. show. Headlining the night will be Jason Blanchard, a comedian with small town roots and big time talent. Blanchard has been able to take his comedy to many platforms from television (Stand Up & Bite Me) to the live stage with great success. He has logged in over 10,000 hours of stand-up time, much of which has been clocked going up and down the coast on cruise ship gigs.

"Working on cruise ships you have to have two sets of materials," Borden explained.

Blanchard's ability to play to an adult or adult-youth crowd makes him a natural choice for the Smiths Falls stage. Last year, the pair worked at Borden's family campground for his annual show.

Blanchard will be sharing the stage with Brian Hope of Kingston. Hope has been seen on BITE TV, the New York City Underground Comedy Festival and the Calgary FunnyFest throughout his nearly 12-year career.

Borden is pleased to bring both guys with him to Smiths Falls this summer, saying they represent the type of natural talent that creates solid memories for comedic audiences.

"They're very interactive with the audience," Borden said.

This isn't the first comedy show Borden has brought to his family and friends. So far he has presented three shows in Smiths Falls and one in Perth, but this will be the first time he is doing it as a stage organizer complete with all the risk.

His goal has always been to provide a high-quality show in the Smiths Falls area that will provide his friends with the type of entertainment they deserve without the expensive of travel that's often required.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 613-283-8006.

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