A local theatre company wants to make people laugh in an attempt to raise money for young performers.
Simon King is the featured act in a StandUp Comedy Fundraiser Sunday evening (Sept. 30) at Sawbucks pub in South Surrey.
The show serves as a fundraiser for the youth mentorship program of Royal Canadian Theatre Company, which stages a pantomime production at Surrey Arts Centre every December.
The company's panto show this year is Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates, opening Dec. 20 at the Bear Creek Park theatre.
The script is written and directed by company founder Ellie King - Simon's mother.
Ellie King told the Now: "Our rent alone at Surrey Arts Centre is $32,000 this year, not to mention the costs of teaching and costuming our participants, who range in age from three upwards. So you will see the need to fundraise to keep our program going is paramount."
As for Simon King, his increasingly edgy, high-octane brand of comedy is creating a buzz on TV specials (on CBC and elsewhere) and on YouTube. His comedy CD Unfamous still gets steady airplay on Sirius.
The Surrey-raised Simon King was born in Sheffield, England, and moved to Canada with his family when he was in Grade 5. Today, he splits his time between homes in Vancouver and Los Angeles, and on tour.
Tickets for his show Sunday at Sawbucks are $20, which includes a burger and beverage (beer, wine or highball). Dinner starts at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. The show comes with a warning of "mature subject matter." For event details, visit www. rctheatreco.com or call 778-834-2993.
Sawbucks is at 1626 152nd St., Surrey.