Inaugural event names funniest person in the 'Loops

The title of Funniest Person in the 'Loops goes to Andrew Halvorsen after a weekend contest that served as the inaugural event at the new Kamloops Players theatre on Tranquille Road.

The comic took the stage smartly attired as though living up to his slogan as "the best dressed man in comedy."

He was judged the funniest of eight amateur comics by a panel that included Tara Holmes and Carla Oien of the Hell on Heels comedy trio and Howie Reimer of Country 103.

Hilarity aside, it had to have been a tough decision since other competitors had the audience chuckling over funny expressions and self-deprecating humour. There were few empty seats in the house, which can accommodate audiences of 80 to 90 people.

Halvorsen's website curiously cites upcoming tour dates at Radio City Music Hall and the Laugh Factor in Los Angeles, which might lead some to question his amateur status. On closer inspection, the famous venues are "TBA," a hint of comic aspiration by the standup comic.

The other seven competitors were: Andrew Robertson, who placed a "very close" second; Grant MacPhedran; Aaron Shufletoski; Gordon Gerrits; Carrie Rumboldt; Wayne Pehowich; and Joris Ekering.

Volunteers with the community theatre club spent much of the summer transforming the former restaurant, next to Arigato Sushi, into a small theatre. Now they're holding a contest to give it a name.

Everyone is eligible to enter the Name the Theatre Contest. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Nov. 20. Email entries to hbirdsall@shaw.ca.

The club's first drama in the theatre will be The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a remount of their 40 thanniversary production several seasons ago.

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