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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Feb. 6: Craig Campbell & Phil Nichol

Big time show tonight, folks. We've got two mainstays on the British comedy circuit. But, as Don Cherry would say, they're both good Canadian kids.

If you've been around long enough, you'll know Craig Campbell from his days in Vancouver. He went on to play the straight man to Ed the Sock in Toronto before his move to England, where critics have called him a "Crocodile Dundee of North America". Well, one critic did, anyway. He's known to be a raconteur of the highest order in his stand-up act. I interviewed Craig once over the phone and I can attest to the fact the moosefucker can spin a yarn with the best of them. See for yourself:

As for Phil Nichol, he was a member of the famed Corky & the Juice Pigs. Not sure if he was Corky or a JP, but that's neither here nor there. This was a group that Barenaked Ladies opened for, that's how big they were. And, of course, they made several appearances on MadTV. Nichol eventually moved to London (we'll sort out the details tonight), where he's been wowing crowds ever since. One reviewer said his show "actually exert[s] g-force." I believe it, based on this appearance on a British TV show where he sings a song then sits down with the original cast from The Dukes of Hazzard:

I'm looking forward to this. My guess is that it'll not only be a really great show but it'll also be really easy for me. I'm betting I won't have to say much at all to get these guys going.

Oh, by the way, they're here as part of the Snowed In Comedy Tour which is winding up in Vancouver at the Revue Stage on Granville Island on Saturday, Feb. 12. Joining them will be Vancouver boys (and both former What's So Funny? guests) Peter Kelamis and Dan Quinn.

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