Local stand-up comics are joining forces to support a local business owner who has supported them.
Grill and Tavern Comedy is taking place via Zoom on Friday, June 26.
The show is part of a series of stand-up performances that are being produced in support of local businesses to help them with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For each show, audience members are given a chance to enjoy the show for free with purchase of gift certificates from the local business in question (ranging from $10 to $50 in value) or to pay $10 for just the online show. All the ticket proceeds go back to the business.
The coming show is in support of the Heritage Grill and its sister restaurant, Begbie’s Tavern, both of which are owned by New Westminster entrepreneur Paul Minhas.
A press release notes that Minhas was one of many small business owners that were hit hard by the pandemic when he was forced to close his doors for more than two months. The performers wanted to help Minhas because he has been a longtime supporter of the local entertainment scene.
“Prior to closing, Heritage Grill and Begbie’s have been home to several arts programs, shows and communities including the ukulele club, open mic nights, live music, trivia night, Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays, drag and, of course, stand-up comedy,” the release says. “(Minhas) has been an advocate and supporter of the arts, and these comedians want to give back.”
The show is being produced by Life is Still Funny and Laugh Wild Comedy. It’s set to feature Ray Morrison, Simi C., Ragini Kapil, Kalyn Miles, Helen Schneiderman and Nina Wilder, and it’s being hosted by Christine Hackman.
Performers will be on site at the Heritage Grill, while audiences watch from home via Zoom. Virtual “doors” open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. A Zoom link will be sent out an hour before the show (audience members need a Zoom account, which can be set up for free).