Get ready to have your funny bone tickled.
The Banned Council made up of three First Nations stand-up comedy artists, will be on stage to make you laugh out loud at Artspace April 4.
Joining emcee and local comic Brian Majore will be Vancouver-based stand-up comedians Colin Bird and Dustin Hollings.
Majore says all three comedians have a style of their own and together they put on a hilarious show with First Nations humour in common.
Bird is like an “Indian” Eddie Murphy, says Majore.
“He does a great impression of [Saulteaux First Nations] actor Adam Beach who is best known for his role Victor on the show Smoke Signals. Colin is likable, affable and funny on stage and I hope to get to work with him more in the future.”
Majore says Bird’s stage name Chuck Cease, sounds like a Cree phrase for a part of the male anatomy. So audience members who are Cree or who know the language will likely get the “insider” joke.
The show has adult content and language, it is restricted to audiences aged 19 and over, he said.
Otherwise, themes are pretty universal but not tame.
“I used to cover current events in my routine,” said Majore. “I don’t now because it doesn’t have a very long shelf life. Now I stick mostly to material taken from real life because chances are someone else has gone through it too and they can identify with it.”
Hollings is from the Chapleau First Nation. The comedian draws from his own heritage along with his life in Vancouver.
The format of the show with all three of them is that Majore does a 40-minute routine, followed by Hollings and then Bird, who each have a 30 to 35-minute act.
Majore has enjoyed doing stand-up comedy for audiences for almost 20 years.
“I moved here in 1997 to go to UNBC,” said Majore. “My first class was in Indigenous Humour. Most of the students paired off to do a project but I was on my own so did a performance.
I told two stories. My professor told me later the best part for her was looking out at the reaction from the non-Native people in the audience and watching them laugh. I got 20 out of 20. That was the only A+ I got in my academic career (he laughs).”
Are comedians funny at home?
“Well, I’m not,” Majore deadpans. “I do write (funny) material from home though.”
His style is unique, he says.
“As far as I know I’m the only First Nations stand-up comic in Prince George. I use only my own material. We’ve had well-known comics Moccasin Joe and Don Burnstick come here – they kind of blazed a trail for us. But it is still a relatively new art form for First Nations people.”
His best audience?
“I’ve performed for Elders before and they’re one of the best audiences because they’re old so they’ve never accepted the concept of political correctness. So it’s a lot of fun to perform for them.”
The Banned Council in P.G. Native Stand-Up comedy show plays Artspace above Books and Company on Saturday, April 4 starting at 8 p.m. There may possibly be a second show at 10 p.m. so stay tuned.
Tickets are $20 available by calling Brian Majore at 250-562-1686 or e-mail transfer: email@example.com. You can find them on Facebook at The Banned Council in PG #TBCinPG.