The nemesis of Julian, Ricky and Bubbles on Showcase’s hit TV series, The Trailer Park Boys, Cyrus is as greasy as they come. Whether ripping around town in his red 1978 Corvette or firing off a couple of shots to intimidate the residents of Sunnyvale Trailer Park, you know shit is goin’ down when Cyrus is around.
Shit will be goin’ down in Sydney this Thursday night, January 19, when Cyrus rolls into town for Caper Radio’s latest night of comedy at Daniel’s on Charlotte Street.
Caper Radio, Cape Breton University’s campus radio station, has been presenting comedy shows in Sydney for almost a year now.
“We started in March of 2011 with our first show featuring Dylan Rhymer, Jeremy Doucette, Ian Black, James Thompson, Ash Young and myself at the Upstairs,” says Stefan MacNeil, Promotions Coordinator for Caper Radio, who will also be performing Thursday night. “Since then we’ve had three more at the Upstairs with people like Bryan Aylward, Peter White, Nick Beaton and Bryant Thompson. All guys from the Halifax comedy scene. Then we then had a X-Rated comedy show featuring Canadian comedy veterans Darren Frost and Kathleen McGee.”
The shows have been generally been a success says MacNeil.
“This summer was great because we had Nick (Beaton) and his weekly shows, and he’s somewhat known locally so people came out to those. Other than that the Sydney scene is really hit or miss. With our shows we have had some great turn outs, but we have also had some really bad ones. But I have to say the comics always have fun and the crowds are always great regardless of numbers.”
Usually known for presenting live music and showcasing local and visiting musicians on their website, Caper Radio got into presenting comedy shows because they saw a need in the local scene.
“I first started working at Caper Radio about three months after I started doing stand up and have always been a big fan of live comedy, which is something that Sydney’s arts community is lacking,” says MacNeil. “Other than the occasional Membertou or Savoy Theatre show, there is no comedy scene in Sydney and nowhere for people interested in trying comedy to do so. So that was the intention, to give people in Sydney a place to try it. Also, it’s no secret that stand up is just better in small rooms. There is something comforting about a small dark bar that gives people the freedom to laugh at anything without feeling guilty or uncomfortable.”
This will be Caper Radio’s sixth comedy show. Advance tickets are available at Daniel’s, The Bonnie Prince and at Caper Radio (Student’s Union Building, CBU). Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door and include a meet and greet after the show. Showtime is 9pm.