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Comic Strippers bringing back more Chips and a lot of laughs to Yates

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There is something inherently funny about male strippers. So Vancouver based improv comic Roman Danylo is excited to share the laughter when he brings the Comic Strippers back to the Yates Theatre for the third time, Sept. 9.

The Comic Strippers (L-R) Ken Lawson, Chris Casillan, Roman Danylo, David Milchard. Photo Submitted
“This will be our third time. We love that theatre. It’s a great space. It’s perfect for our show,” Danylo said, noting audiences will see an entirely new show.

“We’ve added another man, so it will  be 20 per cent more chips  so that makes it more fun,” chuckled Danylo about adding Micheal Teigen to the fold which includes Danylo, Ken Lawson, Chris Casillan and David Milchard. They have a rotating cast throughout  the year as they tour three to six months of the year.

 Danylo learned his improv chops at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, so he is always excited to return to Alberta, especially when he has a new show.

 As the Comic Strippers are an improvised show based on what happens when “over-the-hill” male strippers decide to do what to do with their lives, it is always a new show, but they have  something special planned for this one.

“We have new choreography, new lip synching and we’re even doing an original song,” he said, adding the Comic Strippers is a variety show based on the theme of male strippers in “comic bodies” and built on suggestions from the audience.

“We’re all in our late 40’s now, so there is a lot of stretching before shows and a lot of ice on our knees afterwards. It also inspires us to get in shape, though not too much because our comic bodies are a big part of the humour. Being in shape isn’t a prerequisite. The more comedic the body is, the more laughs you are going to get,” he said.

“The concept of the show is still the same though. We’re a group of fake male strippers who have perhaps stripping far too long and need to find alternatives because we’re getting a bit too old, but we dance as sexy as we can,” he said.
 “Our comedy bodies will make you look good,” he promised.

He said the show is meant for men and women, though women do dominate their audiences.

They are an experienced and talented group.
“We’ve all been performing for the past 20 years and we come out of the Vancouver TheatreSports League, where Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie come from,” he said adding they met Teigen through the Vancouver TheatreSports League as well.


He said music has always been an important part of the show.
“Ken Lawson used to tour in bands. And what we do really makes it feel like we’re a band,” he said.

“It isn’t just comedy. It’s more of a variety style show. So we have guitar and pre-recorded dance tracks and new lyrics and we’re adding to the show all the time,” he continued.

 He has some fond Lethbridge memories.
“I remember there was a huge festival going on at the same time one time we were there. But it was nice to meet the folks and hang out with them and chill with them. It was great fun,” he said.The new “Chip” Michael Teigen. Photo Submitted
The Comic Strippers perform at the Yates Theatre, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.
 Tickets are $44.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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