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WHISTLER, BC – It’s a comedy throwdown with Vancouver TheatreSports! Laugh your guts out at this night of improv comedy as the Vancouver TheatreSports players put on the Whistler version of their hit game show January 25 at Arts Whistler Live!. Think “Family Feud” with an improv twist. Don’t miss this interactive night of hilarity, laughter, and live entertainment.

With this lineup of local characters, this live show is going to go sideways fast. The improv game runs like this: each round the host will call up one person from each team to answer a skill-testing question. The contestant who answers correctly gets points whereas the losing contestant must participate in an improv scene with the Vancouver TheatreSport improv players.

Watch as these two teams of loony local comedians, plus some surprise wildcard contestants, battle it out for improv bragging rights:

Team 1

Tara O’Doherty

Her daytime gig is to help elevate businesses as the Manager of Member Relations at the Whistler Chamber, outside of that she is known as one of the authorities on funny in Whistler. From her stand-up comedy performances, the comedy shows she produces through her company Headwound Productions, and her numerous acting performances; laughter follows her everywhere. A five year old once told her she was the funniest person in the world…so it must be true.

Louise Robinson

Louise Robinson has degrees in Education and Creative Industries (Drama) which led to her becoming a drama teacher in her native Australia, as well as developing drama education programs. After coming down with Aussie Migratory Syndrome, Louise found that a possible cure involved following the traditional migratory route to Whistler. Once here, she dove into acting including TV and movies, then Canada let her stay.

Jonny Fleet

Jonny Fleet is a disciple of the Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre, Jonny moved to Whistler back in 2006 all the way from (that’s right, you guessed it) Halifax! A filmmaker, actor, singer, and local sex pot, Jonny is stoked to be part of this production and looks forward to smashing everyone with glorious laughs.

Team 2

Kevin “Big Kev” Mikkelsen

Originally from the centre of the universe, Big “Rockin’” Kev left T.O. in 1992 to study ski-bumming in Banff.  Moving to Whistler in 2005 to work on his masters thesis, “Ski-Bumming Versus The Real World”, while occasionally performing comedic sketches, improv, and stand-up on various stages around Whistler.  He’s never met a beer or whiskey he hasn’t enjoyed. As per usual, he’s onstage again because a pretty girl asked him to!

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has been on the scene and on the stage for a number of years within Whistler’s improv community. From writing to acting and stand-up in between, he has been there to do that. He shaves regularly and showers occasionally. Brandon’s favorite colour is green.

Angie Nolan

Angie Nolan is what is known in these parts as a rare BC girl. A trained thespian and filmmaker, she got her start in TV and film as a teenager when she landed a production assistant job on the long running CBC hit The Beachcombers. Ten years later she woke up from assistant director haze to realize that her creative soul was slowly dying so she decided to write, direct, and act in a number of her own film and theatre projects instead – some of them are even kind of good. These days Angie is still creating and is a highly active member in Whistler’s growing theatre/film arts community. For the past 14 years her main job for money has been at the Whistler Film Festival where she currently disguises herself as the Director of Industry Programming.

Vancouver TheatreSports League

Improv comedy at its finest! A BC institution, Vancouver TheatreSports League has been putting on hilarious improv comedy performances all over BC, Canada, and the world for over three decades. Customized and interactive, their shows are a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience created by Vancouver TheatreSports’ Mainstage Players. Witty, fast-paced and always memorable – each performance is as unique as its audience.

Event Info

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: Opening Band – The McQuaid Trio, 7:15pm | Vancouver TheatreSports, 8pm
Location: Maury Young Arts Centre
Tickets: Tickets are just $15 ($20 at the door night of). Last year’s Vancouver TheatreSports League show was a sell-out! Get your tickets now at artswhistler.com/live

Suggested Tweet:

It’s a comedy throwdown! Watch Whistler locals and @VanTheatreSport battle it out in a Family-Fued style improv comedy show @artswhistler Live! Tickets only $15. You won’t want to miss it: http://bit.ly/2mbU5Js  #whistler #vantheatresport #ArtsWhistlerLive #ArtsWhistler #comedy

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It’s a comedy throwdown! Watch hilarious Whistler locals and the Vancouver TheatreSports League players battle it out in a Family-Fued style improv comedy show at Arts Whistler Live! January 25. Tickets only $15. You won’t want to miss it: http://bit.ly/2mbU5Js 

Link to Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2DgNAQT



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Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for Arts Whistler Live!, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market, We Heart Local Art, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.


Kim Maitland
Marketing and Communications Manager
Arts Whistler

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