She may be one of the Revelstoke’s biggest fans, but she’s also got the dirt on this town to serve up some perfectly honed jokes on our stereotypical mountain culture.
Comedian Katie Burrell lived in Revelstoke for five years before she packed up to Vancouver seven months ago. But now she’s coming back to host a show with big name Canadian comedians, Katie-Ellen Humphries and Erica Sigurdson.
Together this wacky group of women are Ha Ha Harem and will perform at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre for a fabulous night of laughs and some reflection at the expense of this mountain town.
“It’s always fun to have the spot that you live in made fun of, because you just live your life right, and then someone points it out,” Burrell said.
Burrell is busier now than ever — “I used to think I was busy in Revelstoke,” she said — but the Revelstoke Mountaineer managed to fire a few questions at her about the upcoming show before she was off, heading to her improvisation course and then to perform stand-up in the trendy suburb of Kitsilano.
Ha Ha Harem will be on Thursday, Nov. 26, a perfect time for Revelstoke as the anticipation builds in for opening day at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. This community will be more aware than ever at what makes Revelstoke tick and this is where Burrell excels, making gags and pointing fun at uniquely Revelstoke ways of life.
“The grocery store jokes have hit really hard in the past … [And other] stuff like fitness and ski culture and locals vs locals — what that means. And stuff specific to Revelstoke with the mountain culture and the bros and, you know, the fitness dates and people being new in Revvy in their Arcteryx and puffies and Muck Boots — everyone has that uniform.”
Burrell is quick to point out she’s in the infancy of her comedic career. While she was active in comedy in Revelstoke, opening for the first Revelstoke Comedy Festival, the need to grow her skills is one of the reasons why she left.
“There is no [standup] scene in Revelstoke, I was the scene,” Burrell said.
As host for the Ha Ha Harem show, Burrell will warm up the crowd in between the sets of Humphries and Sigurdson.
Humphries is a writer/comedian that has been selected twice to perform at the famous Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and has also performed at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. Stand-up comedian Sigurdson is best known for her sharp wit on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters.
“They are both just so enjoyable, so likeable and so funny and you’re super relaxed while watching them which is a nice feeling,” Burrell said.
Burrell is confident that a Revelstoke crowd is going to love them, and vice versa.
“It’s really cool that everyone [in Revelstoke] comes out — it’s really special,” she said.
“Other comedians I have brought back there from Vancouver always comment or agree with that when we’re talking after the show. There is just so much joy in the Revelstoke audience, so ready to laugh, so excited, and it’s so indicative of the happy life they have.
“And what a good life it is. It’s a great sense of how the community is that they can laugh at themselves.”
Get a taste of Katie-Ellen Humphries hilarious style below.
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