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The Irrelevant Show

Live from Kelowna . . . It’s The Irrelevant Show!  

On March 18, Kelowna Community Theatre will be filled with fans of CBC's hit radio series, The Irrelevant Show, a mainstay for CBC's Radio One. It runs every Saturday afternoon, and is listened to by thousands across the country. 

The comedy show, highest rated in the country at over 350,000 listeners per episode, features the talents of the Edmonton theatre scene: Mark Meer, Donovan Workun, Jana O’Connor, and the legendary Neil Grahn (Three Dead Trolls In A Baggie), who co-writes the show with longtime CBC host Peter Brown.

While it is not unusual for Kelowna to get a high profile comedy show in town, it is unusual for me to be planning it. Usually you will find me teaching, working in the theatre on a play, or in the studio taping our television series. A presenter of others' work is not usually my forte or interest, but this is different, because I am a super fan.

Yes. I said it. I am a super fan of a CBC radio show. 

It might make me sound a little nerdy, but I have hundreds of thousands of fans just like me across the country. So, last year, when I had one of the stars of the show, Mark Meer, as a performer at New Vintage Theatre's pop culture festival called KFX (Kelowna Fan Xpo), I asked if there was any possibility that the entire group might come back to perform here. 

Mark said they had never toured to BC before as a group but it sounded like a fun idea, and he would pitch it. One year later, after many planning conversations with the delightful Peter Brown, we have lift off. On Friday, March 18, The Irrelevant Show kicks off KFX at Kelowna Community Theatre, and I couldn't be more giddy.

If you have never listened to the show before, let me give you an idea. It is a series of tightly written, brilliantly performed, parody sketches mixed with music. 

It is original, hilarious, and very Canadian. I am told a couple of the never before performed sketches custom-written for March 18 include Darth Vader's Performance Review and Two Bobsledders’ Awkward Conversation About Their Friendship

We will also have our very own Mayor Colin Basran - Canada’s coolest mayor - reading Kelowna Fun Facts

The evening's performance will be taped for the nationally broadcast show, and, after March 18, the entire country will hear Live from Kelowna . . . It’s The Irrelevant Show.

Proudly I say, “I did that. I brought them here!” (with an exclamation point, if you are a fan of the show, you will get that joke)

Join me, Mayor Colin Basran, and hundreds of others at this amazing show on March 18 at Kelowna Community Theatre. 

There are a few tickets left for the show, and even fewer left for KFX (Kelowna Fan Xpo) the following day, so don't delay, line up your advance tickets at www.selectyourtickets.com 

For more about the show, or KFX, check out www.kelownafx.com and New Vintage Theatre's website at www.newvintage.ca.

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Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America. 

For more on Bonnie, check out www.bonnie-gratz.com or check out www.newvintage.ca

Contact Bonnie at:  [email protected]

 



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