Inuvialuit comedian to take the stage at Arctic Comedy Festival
It’s not every day that a professional wrestler turned city councilor gets the chance to share jokes on the Just for Laughs stage.
But that’s exactly what’s happening this weekend as Inuvialuit comedian Dez Loreen takes the stage at the Arctic Comedy Festival in Iqaluit.
The festival will feature comedians from the North performing in front of Just For Laughs talent scout Zoe Rabnett, who will be there to mentor and possibly offer future performance opportunities.
“I mean, it doesn’t get bigger than that… there are so many opportunities out there, and I’m just excited to be in front of that and especially a new audience,” Loreen told host Wanda McLeod. by CBC’s North wind.
The stand-up showcase will mark the first time that Just For Laughs features comedians from the North, in the North. They will perform alongside comedy greats, including Royal Canadian aerial farce starring Jessica Holmes and native comics Paul Rabliauskas and Janelle Niles.
Wrestler, actor, politician
Straight out of Inuvik, Loreen is delighted to present her funny bone.
“This is due to years of grinding and trying to be funny and trying to make the universe understand that I want to be a comedian,” he said with a laugh.
With a full resume that includes a city councilor, professional wrestler, writer, actor and filmmaker, Loreen credits her various skills to not taking yourself too seriously.
“Professional wrestling, you know, you have to be able to laugh at yourself, especially if you’re the bad guy,” Loreen said.
He also admitted that the political side of his life is more serious.
“City council politics is definitely a different vein… representing the community and thinking right, you know, my head is on my shoulder, so I’m hoping to be elected for another term here coming this fall.”
3 days of comedy
Launched Thursday on Canada’s first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, the Arctic Comedy Festival features three days of performances, including the Just for Laughs Showcase, the Yes Men Improv Show and the festival finale which will feature comics by across Canada and local. talent from across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
“This is a great opportunity not only to share laughter and joy during a time of uncertainty, but also to reduce unnecessary stigma and encourage open conversations about mental health in the North,” said Chris. Avery, President and CEO of Canadian North, in a statement. Canadian North is the festival’s main sponsor.
“We have all been touched by the many ups and downs that COVID has caused which has affected the mental health of many and this is a great laughter to bring us all together. “