High-calibre musical comedy on tap

Musical comedy provides a tribute to the Baby Boomers

Kenny Shaw left

Kenny Shaw left

If you are looking for a unique twist of musical parodies and hilarious one-liners for your entertainment this weekend, then you should check out a show described as country comedy and 60s music tributes for baby boomers.

Wacky musical cowboy comedians Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple are performing at the Lighthouse Community Centre on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The pair have merged their unpredictable and zany antics to form a high-powered comedy duo aimed directly at the funny bone of baby boomer audiences.

Their musical tributes are not only funny, but delivered with a high calibre of musicality.

Shaw has received the BC Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award for four consecutive years.

Well-loved by audiences for his high-energy antics, animated story telling, and very large hat, Shaw calls Comox home and said he is looking forward to the gig at the Lighthouse Community Centre, admitting it has been a while since he has performed in the area.

“It’s my first time on that stage and it has been at least 10 years since I have performed in the area,” he said.

Though he is billed as a country comedian, Shaw said you don’t have to be a country music fan to appreciate the show.

“We cross over into pop music and do the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Neil Sedaka and Elvis.”

 

Shaw also has a repertoire of about two dozen voices. They include famous actors such as Christopher Lloyd and Jack Nicholson.

He said some of the impersonations are easier to learn than others and admits it is hard to find new cartoon characters.

“I am working on a Family Guy voice but the older generation doesn’t relate to it much.”

He adds the baby boomers don’t relate much to rap music either but it is a musical genre that is included in their musical parodies.

“We poke fun at country-rap. Shorten it down and it spells CRAP,” he confessed.

Shaw’s comedic partner on stage, Temple has been busy engaging audiences in the club circuit and gaining the reputation as a sought after session player.

He is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing percussion, bass, or guitar. Temple’s high-energy comedy, sterling vocals, harmonies, and amazing musicianship add a touch of brilliance to the duo’s musical tributes.

Both music veterans have been performing for decades and the successful synergy of their talents is no surprise. As long time friends, the pair have shared the stage before and eventually stumbled upon their unexpected compatibility of harmony, musical preferences and humour.

Their hilarious floor show appeals to all audiences and has brought standing ovations from sold out shows.

Tickets for 7:30 p.m. show at the Lighthouse Community Centre Oct. 22 can be purchased in advance at the Mulberry Bush Bookstore in Qualicum Beach and at the Beacon in Bowser for $18. Tickets at the door are $20.

 

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