The shadows of dreams crawl in so many unsuspecting places, only to come to life, creating new journeys and opportunities.
Like Tuesday night, just after 7 p.m.
Along the west wall, silver-like in color, eight people paced up and down.
In their minds they went over every word, every sentence, every pause as
many times as they could.
And above the crowd noise, they played the joyous sound of people laughing. It would be music to the
ears, and sound waves to their ultimate goal.
When their name was called it was, absolutely, show time.
For the past several weeks young amateur comics have been flocking to Rick Bronson’s Comic Strip in West Edmonton Mall.
The Funniest Person With a Day Job has been running for the past several weeks. The second semi-final was held Tuesday night.
Contestants were …
•J.P. FOURNIER Alberta Blue Cross Customer Service
•pastor DAN TAYLOR
•Former book store manager LIAM CRESWICH
•Blackberry Rep KEN HICKS
•waiter DAVID DEMPSEY
•waitress CLAIRE BELFORD
•warehouse laborer BRETT McCRINDLE
The winner takes home $1,000 cash, and the coveted spot to be the opening act for a concert series in
the fall at the Comic Strip.
Contestants are given tickets to family members and friends to laugh, cheer and lend support.
The more noise the better. Because contestants are judged on several categories, but the biggest is crowd reaction. CTV News co-anchor Daryl McIntyre has been behind the judges table since the contest began April 9.
He was joined Tuesday evening by Chris Durham from the Radio and Television Arts program at NAIT,
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Carole Anne Devaney from Global Television wasp also a judge and the owner himself,
The competition is sponsored in partly K-97 and Terry Evans of the Terry, Bill and Steve show was a very entertaining MC.
In the end, three — Taylor, Dempsey and McGrindle — moved next week’s finals against Sterling Scott, Brandon Franson and Matt Lebucki ... where dream of one will come true.