The Forces Comedy Tour was created by Canadian funny man and soldier Shawn Lawrence. Its motto is "giving back to those who serve," and what better way than raising awareness and funds for PTSD affected troops than through comedy.
Last night, 18th Oct, JAKK Tuesdays in Kingston Ontario opened it's doors to four Canadian comedians as part of the Forces Comedy Tour. It was a night of good food and great laughs. Hell, my wife had to take off her glasses during the last bit that Shawn Lawrence did due to how hard she was laughing.
It has been several years since I have sat in a bar and had nachos and a drink, let alone for a show. I have to say that I enjoyed the night. Shawn played the part of the master of ceremonies for the event with his usual hilarious flair. He even told his famously funny story of learning how to fire a Carl Gustav.
In realizing that the whole night was set up and developed by this local Kingston soldier, you really have to give Shawn a lot of praise for his effort in taking his dream of making people laugh and grabbing it by the horns.
Montreal comedian Hunter Collins was a surprise addition to the night, and a very pleasant one at that. His act was so perfectly Canadian that you had no choice but to not only laugh but nod your head to the priceless examples of laughable eccentricities we call culture.
Collins' delivery was excellent and on stage personality was charismatic which really set the crowd at ease. Not to mention his approach-ability to any fans that desired to talk to him after the gig.
Award winning Canadian comedian Tyler Morrison, who I started to follow on twitter just because of his humorous posts was even funnier in person.
His condescending style is great live: mixing his witty bits on hunting in Walmart; being armed and hammered; and dysfunctional family dynamics. It was great to finally meet him in person last night as well as see his show.
You can catch several of his best bits from Cottage Comedy on youtube.
The final act of the night was Rob Pue, seen on MTV's Punked and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
His brand of shock comedy could have you laughing at situations that you would not normally even consider. My favorite stuff of the night from him was his self depreciating and often completely bizarre reflections about his own life; especially how he ended the night with an excellent bit about his car accident and intensive recovery.
In conclusion if you are in need of a good laugh keep your eyes open for the next Forces Comedy Tour heading your way.