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Hot Entertainment: Gavin Crawford at the YYComedy Festival

Gavin Crawford performs Thursday night in Calgary. Photo: Courtesy: YYComedy Festival.

Gavin Crawford, of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, performs at the University Theatre tomorrow—Thursday, September 27—during the YYComedy Festival. Wherespoke with Crawford about what fans can expect from his stand-up show.

Where: Most Canadians know you from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, what can we expect from your stand-up show?

Crawford: Characters. A whole lot of characters. The live stuff I do is a bit edgier than you will see on CBC, not offensive per say but perhaps slightly more real. My live shows are kind of like concerts I guess, only with characters instead of songs. There’s some stuff people may know from 22 Minutes like Mark Jackson or Rufus Wainwright [impressions], but I can go a little deeper with them because the pieces don’t have to be two minutes long. I also get to play other people who don’t fit into the 22landscape. I like to make fun of things through characters, and sometimes impressions, so the show is really a mix of character monologues and impersonations.

I’ve been honing these characters in clubs over the last year so I’m really looking forward to bringing them all together in Calgary.  I don’t really do a lot of ‘Gavin’ stand up, my jokes are always filtered through a persona and I’m always finding new people to be.  I was just at a club last night trying out a new piece about a French Canadian West Jet Flight attendant and it was really fun so I’ll be adding that guy into the show.  TV is great but performing live for me is really what it’s all about, it’s the purest and I think the funniest.

Where: The YYComedy Festival has a killer line-up. Who are you looking forward to seeing?

Crawford: It really is a great line up – nice way to bust the myth that all the funny Canadians are from the east coast.  I come from improv so you can bet I’ll be at the live taping of This Is That, I am a huge fan of both Peter Oldring and Pat Kelley, that show is genius.

Where: Calgary’s comedy scene seems to be at an all-time high, with lots of great venues and shows on every night. What’s your impression of comedy in Calgary?

Crawford: Crowchild at rush hour – except a busy comedy scene is actually fun.

Where: Where are your favourite places to see comedy in Canada (clubs, pubs or festivals)?

Crawford: I see comedy everywhere.

Crawford’s stand-up starts at 8 pm at the University Theatre at the University of Calgary (2500 University Way, NW) tomorrow, Thursday, September 27. Tickets are $20. This Is That records tonight, Wednesday, September 26 at 8 pm at the University Theatre. Tickets are $20. Tickets for both shows are available on the YYComedy Festival’s website. – Adele Brunnhofer

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