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Comedy Quickies, a night of skits at the writers festival

Arts News: Prior topsheet competition; Paradise Waits comes to Millennium Place; Pemberton theatre looking for zombies

A new night at the Whistler Writers Festival promises to pull the laughs out of literature.

Headlined by Vancouver comedian Charlie Demers, Comedy Quickies is a night of skits with prizes being handed out for Best Comedy Writing and The People's Choice award.

"There are 11 finalists... one stand-up comic, two comedic monologues — and the rest is pretty much sketch comedy," says co-organizer Ira Pettle.

The styles range from fantasy, to political satire and shock comedy.

"It's a nice range of different comedic moods throughout the night," Pettle says.

The selected pieces are the best of over 60 submissions from across Canada and the U.S., he says.

"We brought this idea to the writers festival and they were all over it from the start, which was great. We weren't exactly sure how it was going to look, but (we got) the go ahead to give it a try... it seems to be a good marriage."

Pettle added that 21 local actors are taking part, to bring the stories to life.

Comedy Quickies takes place at Millennium Place Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased It includes a complimentary drink afterwards at Buffalo Bill's.

Vote for Prior Topsheet finalists

Whistler ski and snowboard manufacturer Prior has launched its annual Topsheet competition and exhibition. The Prior team is currently selecting finalists from 60 submissions, and the public will have a chance to vote for their favourite both online at, or at the launch party at the company's Function Junction location on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

The exhibition is now in its fourth year, and the voting will run until Nov. 15.

TGR returns with Paradise Waits

Local rippers Dana Flahr, Ian McIntosh and Nick McNutt perform with a cast of world-class freeskiers in extreme sports flick Paradise Waits.

The film travels from Revelstoke and Golden, B.C., to Japan, Alaska and elsewhere. The show takes place at Millennium Place on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets for the early show are $17 plus fees, and it is open to all ages. The later show is $19 plus fees, and is for ages 19 and over. Tickets are available at Millennium Place or by calling 604-935-8410.

Atomic Skis is giving away skis at both shows and Flahr and McNutt are expected to be at the show.

Jumbo Wild film tour comes to Whistler

Jumbo Wild — a documentary about the decades-long battle over the future of the Jumbo Valley in B.C.'s interior — is coming to Whistler.

The proposed ski resort in the wilderness of the Purcell Mountains brought protest from backcountry enthusiasts, local indigenous communities and wildlife advocates.

There are two screenings at Millennium Place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It will be followed by a Q&A.

Tickets are $5.

View the trailer or find screenings at

Want to be in a Pemberton flash mob?

Calling all zombies and freakshow artists. The Gruff Goat Dance Theatre is looking for participants for a zombie flash mob at the Pemberton Community Centre on Saturday, Oct. 17.

It is open to teens aged 13 and over and no sign up is required. The flash mob is a fundraiser for the Pemberton Arts and Cultural Council.

Interested zombies can come to the rehearsal at 8 p.m., with the performance at 9 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Tickets are available at One Earth.