The headliner for a comedy show scheduled for Jan. 27 says audiences can expect a “corporate clean show” with a musical act to provide a “variety show” atmosphere.
Brandon promoter The Pandolfi Initiative and Winnipeg comedian Big Daddy Tazz will present Big Daddy Tazz and Friends at the Keystone Centre amphitheater at the end of the month. Besides the comedians slated to perform – including Rob Pue from MTV’s “Punk’d,” Greg Morton from the “Just for Laughs” comedy show and festival, and Patrick McKenna, the comedian who played “Harold” on The Red Green Show – Pandolfi has added Saskatchewan country music artist Chris Henderson to the bill.
Based in Regina, Sask., Henderson released his third full-length album, The Charm, in 2017, three years after winning a Saskatchewan Country Music Award for Song of the Year for “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye.” The award-winning single was off his second album, My Turn, released in 2014.
Henderson has performed across the country, including on stages at Craven Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest, The Gateway Festival and elsewhere.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brandon will receive a portion of the show’s proceeds.
“The crowds in Brandon are always very supportive, not only of the community cause that we tie ourselves to each year, but they are supportive of us as comedians,” Big Daddy Tazz said on Sunday. “They know they are in for a good show, so they sit back, relax and let us take them away from their lives for a while.”
Tazz and Pandolfi Initiative owner Ryan Pandolfi have developed a close professional relationship after putting together several shows through the past few years. Tazz said Pandolfi has an immense drive to make his promotions succeed.
“When most people are willing to sit back and see what happens, Pandolfi is out there busting his butt to make things happen,” he said. “His love of comedy and his deeper love for his community – and the underdogs therein – is apparent in all that he does. He is an undervalued force and Brandon is lucky to have him. I wish I had dozens of Pandolfies that I could use all over North America.”
Pandolfi has a personal tie to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brandon. His father was one of the organization’s first youth to benefit from their services when it was established in 1972.
More than four decades later, Big Brothers Big Sisters still provides mentoring programs for youth aged six to 18. Despite struggling financially two years ago, the organization has rebounded through community support, a new board of directors, a new executive director, new staffing and a change of location.
Tazz said supporting organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters is integral to both the motivation behind the annual Brandon performance and its success.
“(The theme of the show is) community,” he said. “Simply, the love of and for those in your neighborhood or city who need a hand. We are bringing the laughs, but the deeper root is to raise money and awareness to a great charity.”
Advance tickets to Big Daddy Tazz and Friends are available through the Keystone Centre ticket office or online at tickets.keystonecentre.com. Individuals who purchase tickets before tomorrow (Friday) will be entered in draws for prizes.
As of Tuesday, 75 per cent of available tickets were sold.