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.
“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.