Lars Callieou is bringing his California Comedy Tour to the Lido Theatre this Saturday, October 2. The Edmonton-based comedian, born in Fort St. John, said he loves to end his tours at the Lido to show the touring comedians the Peace Region's best venue. He'll be joined on stage by Calfiornia-based comedians Cat Alvarado and Matt Gubser.
"It's just always such a surprise," Callieou said about performing at the Lido. "When I bring comedians in, we'll go to places like Grande Prairie and work toward Fort St. John, and when they get to the Lido it's always so exciting to see their reactions to the theatre, the view. You are treated so well there and feel like a rock star."
Callieou met Gubser at the 2014 San Francisco Comedy Competition.
"The first time I saw him was the first night of the semi finals and he absolutely destroyed. He’s incredibly funny," Callieou said.
He met Alvarado at the 2018 SLO Comedy Festival in San Luis Obispo, California.
"We were on a show together and she was incredibly funny. This will be her first tour outside of the US. And her first shows in Canada," he said.
Callieou hasn't been to Fort St. John since before the pandemic, and is looking forward to his return. He was able to stay quite active last year, however, with the Firepit Comedy Tour, where he performed nearly 200 shows in Edmonton and Alberta backyards.
"I have never been more grateful in my 18 years doing stand up comedy than I was last year. People were so supportive and I was so grateful I got to keep doing this," Callieou said.
Callieou maintains many ties to the Peace Region. His parents, originally from Fort Nelson, played in the band Columbian Gold Rush, and his great grandfather Robert Ogilvie donated the land that the elementary school still resides on today.
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