Three comedians, Marcus Beaubier, Garrett Clark, and Ivan Decker, brought the house down at the Fireside Inn on Saturday as part of the Yuk Yuk’s stand up comedy tour.
The trio, performing separately, told jokes and humorous stories to a crowd of over 100 people during a busy Saturday night. They also performed a private show on Friday night at the Fireside.
“It was really fun. People were really into it. It was good,” said Beaubier in a group interview after the show. For Beaubier it was his second time performing in Castlegar and he really enjoys the area.
Clark and Decker enjoyed the show as well.
“I thought it was great,” said Clark. “Everyone seemed to get into it real quick. It looked like everyone had a really good time.”
Beaubier is the veteran of the group, having been in comedy for 13 years. Hailing from Newfoundland, he’s worked on CBC Radio as part of “Audiotoon Theatre” sketch comedy troupe. He’s also performed on CBC’s “Madly Off in All Directions” and “Definitely Not the Opera.”
Clark is originally from Sydney, Australia and has the accent to prove it. He got his start playing at comedy clubs in Toronto.
“They give you a five minute spot to start with and if you do well they put you on,” he said. “Any chance to do comedy around the city, I’d do it. Eventually you get sent on the road if you’re good enough.”
Decker was born in Montreal but raised in B.C. and got his start at the comedy clubs in Vancouver.
“I started doing spots and eventually one of the headliners said, ‘Do you want to come on the road with me to William’s Lake?’ and I said sure,” said Decker. “I went to William’s Lake and did eight minutes and bombed so bad I wanted to quit comedy. They set up the show on wing night. ‘It’s wing night! Also, there’s comedy.’ They wouldn’t even dim the lights. They would just set you up in the corner like a juke box.”
Fortunately, the audience at the Fireside Inn was much more appreciative of the three comedians.
“It really is the best job in the whole world,” said Beaubier. “Who else gets to say exactly what they’re thinking in front of a group of people that say, ‘That’s awesome. You keep telling that joke.'”
“I think it’s great that you get to make people laugh,” said Decker. “You have an ability to take a group of people, you don’t know what’s going on in their life, and you can cheer them up even if it’s just for an hour. It’s nice.”