Laugh it up, because Jan 26th and 27th Ride for Dad presents its fourth annual comedy show at Coast High Country Inn. Featuring local acts Steve McGovern and Jenny Hamilton and imports Scott Belford and Kelly Taylor, the evening will feature drinks, laughs and a break from the winter doldrums. All proceeds from the event go to support the fight against prostate cancer.
“Every year the festival just gets bigger and better,” says Sean Secord, vice chair of the board for Yukon Ride for Dad. “Comedians realize the Yukon is a fabulous place to visit and this is a great cause, so we never have any trouble finding amazing acts.”
Yukon Ride for Dad is most well known for its titular ride event, which is mostly geared towards motorcyclists and takes place in the summer months, but the comedy show is a way of getting in touch with a greater proportion of Yukoners, Secord adds.
Secord himself is a health care professional and says that statistically, 75% of men will have to deal with prostate cancer at sometime in their life. The disease is treatable if caught early he says, which is why spreading the word about the importance of having a prostate exam is so critical.
“I know how tough it is to reach men for health care, especially preventative care – even more so for something they have to take their pants off to get tested for,” he says.
Last year the event raised $20,000 and they hope to raise more this year. All profits raised in the Yukon stay in the Yukon, Secord adds.
Local comedian Jenny Hamilton was also a part of last year's show, and says there was nothing she didn't love about being part of the event.
“Keeping with the theme of the event – I mean, it's prostate cancer – can be hard with comedy, but you have to find the funny in everything. It's a good cause – I know it's a men's health issue, but it effects everyone, because we all have men in our lives... and the Yukon craves funny in the dark (of winter),” she says.
Outside-talent Kelly Taylor of Prince Alberta Saskatchewan says he is greatly looking forward to coming to Whitehorse, and that he expects it will be a great show.
“The funniest nights in comedy are often in the most secluded places,” he says. “I'm excited to raise some money and have a good time.”
Tickets often sell out, Secord says, so people wanting a seat should act early. Tickets are available online and at the Yukon Deli, Whitehorse Motors and the High Country Inn.