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November 1, 2016 12:00 AM

FUNNY GUY Todd Ness, above, will be a featured performer at Kitscoty Rug Rats Play School Comedy Night.

It’ll be all dancing and laughs at the Kitscoty Rug Rats Play School Comedy Night, with the humorous observations of Canadian comedians Brad Muise and Todd Ness driving the night’s entertainment.
The event, which is going into its thirteenth year, is used to bring in money for the play school and this year’s production is almost already sold out.
“It’s the only fundraiser that the playschool does and it’s one of the main sources of running the program,” said Mandy Larsson, who runs the committee responsible for the event.
“Tickets are over 75 per cent sold right now, but we anticipate to sell out, hopefully before the actual event.”
The comedy night will take place on Friday at the Kitscoty Community Hall and also offers tonnes of silent auction items, raffle prizes, various draws, a cash bar and a midnight lunch served at 10:30 p.m.
Larsson said the event is well received each year, with about 300 people attending annually, and 40 or so parent volunteers stepping up and lending their time to make it a success.
As for this year’s comedians, she added the entertainment is sure not to disappoint for anyone thinking of going out and showing support.
“I’ve watched a few videos of them on Youtube and they are really, really funny guys—Todd Ness is going to be the first comedian and then Brad Muise is the feature comedian,” she said
“They do clean comedy, it is an adult only event because there’ll be a cash bar and a dance and we’re going to be partying, but they do family oriented (material), talking about the stresses that we all have, that we can all relate to, but it is very clean comedy.”
The Rug Rats Play School offers four different classes for three to five year olds, where they learn through play and get prepared for kindergarten through a school-like environment.
By having a total school environment, playing with other children and having the same responsibilities they would have in kindergarten, but at a younger age, prepares the kids for going into kindergarten and gets them ready through learning, Larsson said.
The Kitscoty Rug Rats Play School Comedy Night is the only fundraiser the playschool uses, as they don’t ask parents and children to do things like bottle drives or sell treats door to door, but Larsson said the evening has been successful enough to rely on for its operational funds.
“Every year we ask the parents of the kids attending this school to step up and help out and that’s the reason this is always a great success, because of the parents who step up and put in the time to plan it and work it the day before, as well as the evening of,” Larsson said.
“It’s also a success because of the loyal community members who always attend the evening.”
For tickets, contact Leslie Dyck at 780-871-3904 or to donate, contact Mandy Larsson at (780) 625-2865.

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