5th Annual KW Comedy Festival

Let me tell you a peanut butter joke –

Spread it.

Okay okay… I am probably not that good at jokes but I am really good at laughing. Hence, it was a pleasant surprise when Jane, who is in-charge of social media coverage for the 2014 KW Comedy Festival, contacted me. To be brutally honest, my blogging mood has been in a funk lately. There is no real motivation to write about anything after working on the computer 60 hours a week. All I feel like doing is to take a walk outside and get some fresh air, but the cold and gloomy weather is not helping.

Jane’s kind words really touched me…

As Social Media Manager for #KWRibfest I see a steady stream of tweets, posts, and pictures throughout the festival, but this past year I was especially struck by a series of images posted by none other than @tableformaple. The quality of the pictures was amazing, they were colourful, vibrant, full of the life and the fun that defines the festival. Maple really captured more than images, she captured the spirit of something more. When I signed on to provide social media coverage of the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival this year I felt Maple just had to be there, not just because I hoped she would share her experience of the festival, but because I wanted her to know how grateful people like me are when talented people like her take the time to capture and share events.

…Ā  it reminded me that there are actually people reading what I write! When I first started writing on this blog, I thought that only my parents will be interested to hear what I have to say. Thank YOU readers!!

It is a wonderful feeling of satisfaction when what I write helps someone, whether it is to decide where to have dinner or where to have fun. Jane reminded me why I started this blog in the first place – to tell people how awesome KW is.

I jumped at the opportunity to head out for a fun night and attended the show yesterday at Chainsaw, with Elvira Kurt, Dave Merheje and Perry Perlmutar.

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Doors opened at 7pm. Y & I arrived at 7.30pm and it was packed! If you have a larger group, I highly recommend going earlier to snag good seats.

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Imagine all the behind-the-scenes hard work put into organizing this festival!

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Chainsaw had a wonderfully intimate setting that feels like Yuk Yuk’s in Downtown Kitchener. The other locations include the Huether Hotel, Starlight, and the Chrysalids Theatre. I did not take too many photos as I was too busy laughing. The quote “a picture paints a thousand words” really does not apply here.

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One of the most unapologetically funny thing Dave Merheje brought up was…

Why the heck is Chainsaw called Chainsaw?

What a creepy name for a bar that has no chainsaw but has Christmas lights all year round and a karaoke area that looks like a tool shed.

Perry Perlmutar‘s take on relationship games was so funny that Y laughed! Y is usually a really serious person so that was no easy feat.

As for Elvira Kurt, since she still has a show tonight, I will not spoil it for you. I will only say that the organizers saved the best for last.

It has been well researched that women laugh more than men. Since today is International Women’s Day, this is a wonderful way to celebrate how we as women have so much to be happy about and to laugh for. There are two more shows for the 2014 festival today, one at Huether Hotel at night and the other at Chrysalids Theatre in the afternoon. Happy laughing KW! It is a much-needed one after this long and cold winter.

P.S. please bring some food / donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank if you are attending the shows today.

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