Is This A Joke? – A Comedy Showcase

 
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Timbre Concerts Presents
Is This A Joke? – A Comedy Showcase
with
Dino Archie
Graham Clark
Ivan Decker
Sunee Dhaliwal

Dino Archie

It’s not common for an American comedian to leave behind the potential glamour of Hollywood for the relative obscurity of Vancouver, but it’s not unheard-of, either.

Darryl Lenox lived here for 11 years, developing his act throughout his adopted country before being sent packing for not having the correct documents. San Francisco’s Daniel Packard also spent a number of years in Vancouver retooling his delivery system before moving on to New York.When Fresno, California, native Dino Archie visited a high-school friend here in 2011, a few weeks’ visit turned into five months when he discovered there was a thriving standup-comedy scene in the city. He’s made extended stays since then, too.

Archie attended college in Los Angeles and it was in that city, while he was working at AT&T selling phones, that a friend signed him up for an open mike at the Ha Ha Café Comedy Club in North Hollywood. He showed up in his work uniform and just talked about his “shitty customers”. His natural flair and showmanship allowed him to be a hit with crowds, but there wasn’t a lot of depth to his material.

“I guess I was kind of lazy,” he says over a coffee at a False Creek bar. “I was doing standup once a week, twice a week. I knew I wasn’t going to get to any kind of level like that. And it was Hollywood. I was interested in going out as much as I was interested in doing comedy.”

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