Dates & Times:
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. | The Monarch Theatre

Snowed in Comedy Tour


For the 11th consecutive year, The Snowed in Comedy Tour is carving out its reputation as a Canadian success story in a market of American comedic giants. This year it’s even bigger, showcasing four Canadian comedians, in the dead of winter, playing in 65 cities coast-to-coast, including a special showcase of 4 straight nights in Whistler, BC.

It’s a showcase of some of the best comedic talent that Canada has to offer. Four very different, very funny performers come together for a fantastic evening of comedy. This year there are new additions to the line-up. Three-time female Comedian of the year, Debra DiGiovanni (Video on Trial, Match Game, Debra DiGiovanni: Single, Awkward, Female) joins a leg of the tour, with Flight of the Chonchords’ Arj Barker rounding out the rest of the line-up of Snowed in Comedy Tour veterans, five-time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee Pete Zedlacher, Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn, the $25,000 Great Canadian Laugh off winner Paul Myrehaug, along with special guest appearances. There’s something for every brand of humour, and everyone will walk away with their own personal favorite. As in years past, the lineup will vary from city to city, so comedy fans are urged to check their local listings.

Sometimes not taking yourself too seriously pays off. The Snowed in Comedy Tour is proof of that. Comedian Dan Quinn wanted to go on a snowboarding vacation with his comedian buddies, but he couldn’t afford to take time off work. He scheduled comedy tour dates strategically around what ski hills he could hit during the day, and paid for his lift tickets and rentals by doing comedy shows at night.

What started as a small Canadian tour has proven to be a winning equation. Like the Tragically Hip, in a market still dominated by American acts, the homegrown comedy tour has won fans over one performance at a time, and become the largest comedy tour in Canada with over 1 million dollars in ticket sales, and performed in Australia, The US, France, and Switzerland.

The tour continues to grow this year. The B.C. leg of the tour kicks off Jan. 2 and features dates province-wide until Feb. 9. The Snowed in Comedy Tour will then travel through Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland, before winding down in Ontario again in April.

About the players:

Dan Quinn has done numerous appearances on TV and radio and has won the Canadian Comedy Competition at Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. He has done Comedy Now on CTV, The Debaters, Sirius XM radio and won Best of the Fest at the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton. He travels around the world performing in England, The U.S. Australia, Switzerland and France.

Paul Myrehaug now resides in London, England but was born in Camrose, Alberta and tours around the Globe. He won the Great Canadian Laugh off $25,000 prize and has been on Just For Laughs, Sirius XM and the Debaters.

Pete Zedlacher is becoming one of the most recognized acts in Canada. He has been nominated 5 times for Comedian of the year, done the Just For Laughs Gala 8 times and won the Sirius-XM Radio Top Comic Competition. Along with his Acting Credits he is now writing for the CBC Johnny Harris show, OF ALL PLACES.

Erica Sigurdson is best known for her rapier wit on CBC Radio's smash hit The Debaters. Her comedy festival credits include: 40+ appearances on the Debaters, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs, and the Halifax Comedy Festival.