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Lorne Elliot hits Harrison Hot Springs

Unlike any funny man you’ll ever see live, Lorne Elliott takes his special brand of humour to Harrison April 26. - Submitted
Unlike any funny man you’ll ever see live, Lorne Elliott takes his special brand of humour to Harrison April 26.
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Funny man Lorne Elliott will be showcasing his delightfully foolish, witty and thought provoking one-man concert show at the historic Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.

Star of CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions, Lorne Elliott started his career at a time when hair like his was still fashionable, hung a guitar around his neck to complete the look and has been living off the laughs of his wacky imagination ever since. Along with his uniquely zany performance style, it is the timelessness of his material, joined with keen observations of today’s trends and Canadian culture that make Lorne Elliott’s work so exceptional.

“I know Lorne, like everybody else does, through his years hosting on CBC Radio,” says Harrison Festival artistic director Andy Hillhouse. “I always liked the way he would draw local references from wherever he was performing into his humour.”

Montreal born, Elliott first began performing in 1974, as a folk musician, under his full name of Chris Lorne Elliott. He soon teamed up with Kevin Blackmore (aka Buddy Wasisname) to establish the comedic musical duo Free Beer. Since then, Elliott has performed from Newfoundland to New York City, from Los Angeles to Australia and points in between. He has made regular appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival since it started in 1986 and has opened for the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and Jay Leno.

As well as being a humourist, storyteller and musician, Elliott is also an award-winning playwright. His play The Night the Racoons Went Berserk won “Best New Play Award” at the Quebec Drama Festival in 1983. It was later produced by the Charlottetown Theatre Festival in 1986 along with Culture Shock, another of his comedies which has been produced all across Canada and in 1989 was filmed by CBC-TV for a special drama telecast.

“Lorne was the first booking I made as the new artistic director of the Festival. I liked the idea of offering something a little different in our season.”  remembers Hillhouse.

Elliott’s combination of dry humour with musical parodies and skits has been hailed as uniquely Canadian across the globe. Often self-deprecating, always silly and never profane, his funny is family friendly and guaranteed one-of-a-kind.

• Tickets for Lorne Elliott are $22 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Avenue.

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