When Mountain FM morning show hosts Drex and Johnson heard one of their active listeners, Corbin Lew, was undergoing chemotherapy in Vancouver, they wanted to help.
The Lews — mom Connie and 10-year-old twins Corbin and Chris — often call into the show and participate on air.
“We know Connie and her kids so well,” Drex said.
“Anybody in the community, though, where there’s a real need we want to be on board,” Johnson said.
So Comedy For Corbin was hatched.
“We’re basically just going to have a whole bunch of fun, because if you know the Lew family, you know they have a wicked sense of humour so comedy night makes sense, right?” Drex said.
Next Friday, Drex and Johnson will take the stage with other local performers Abe Fominoff and Lucas Myers in an effort to raise money for the Lews.
“I rang Abe and pulled a favour, because he owes me big time,” Drex said. “Without me, Abe wouldn’t be anybody. I made Abe famous. Him and his little dinky show, ST News (which can be found on YouTube). I made that show famous. No I’m kidding, Abe is a good buddy and he thinks he’s funny, so let’s see if he can be.”
Drex said they were able to get Myers next, who wears many hats as performer, director, writer and composer.
“He’s not only funny, he’s also a musical genius on a ukulele,” Drex said.
But what can we expect from our radio hosts?
“Lots of four letter words,” Drex said. “It is a 19-plus show, we need to stress that, there will be alcohol served.”
MTI will be providing safe rides home within the Castlegar area, Drex added.
“Bring your drinking shoes,” Johnson challenged.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with students from Supercat Studios kicking the night off.
“Apparently I’m going to be singing one, maybe two songs with the kids,” Johnson said.
Comedy For Corbin is taking place March 18 at the Fireside Inn.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance from Mountain FM on 4th Street or at H&R Block.