Comedian Don Burnstick said he’s no stranger to Lloydminster and the next time he comes to town he’s bringing a show custom made for the Border City.
His So You Think I’m Funny winter comedy tour is making a stop at the Vic Juba Community Theatre on Jan. 24 and his new material touches on everything from recent news events like the Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi scandals to local scenarios involving Lloydminster’s booming growth.
Burnstick prides himself on the fact that he doesn’t swear during performances but that doesn’t mean his routines are exactly what you would call “clean.”
“There’s going to be adult material, but what’s interesting about the adult shows is that there’s no swearing,” he said. “I don’t cuss, I don’t drop F-bombs. Because it takes real talent to tell a clean dirty joke, right? So that’s what I try to do and there are so many other funny ways to say the ‘F’ word.”
A lot of people think that just because Burnstick is First Nations that his shows are geared strictly toward Native Canadians but he wants people to know this isn’t the case. He said because he’s a Prairie boy that it’s more of a Western Canadian comedy show and anyone who attends will get a laugh.
“I’m a Prairie boy. I’m from Alberta, I live in Winnipeg,” he said. “People who grew up in the Prairies and Western Canada will get it. Even the (easterners) that came to work in the oilpatch, they’ll get the jokes too.”
Burnstick says his style of comedy is “cross-cultural” and feels the best way to understand a culture of people is to understand their humour. He says Native humour tends to involve a lot of teasing, joking and poking fun at things and that’s basically what he does on stage.
“The humour is kind of edgy, the humour is kind of racy, not many people are ever sure if it’s OK to laugh at this stuff. Then I tell them it’s OK,” he said.
“Like we’re not going to scalp you guys, you know? We stopped scalping white guys when we realized their hair falls out anyway (laughs). So you might as well sit there and enjoy the show.”
Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online at www.vicjubatheatre.ca.