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This article was published 16/9/2010 (3448 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Amazingly, Jordan Welwood beat seven other comics Wednesday night in the first round of this fall's Comedy Do or Die contest — with his 80-year-old granny in the audience. The 22-year-old apologized to Gran before, during and after his spicy act. Grandma was heard saying, "Dirty talk. Dirty talk!" but Welwood couldn't hear it above the laughter and went on to victory.
Comedian Scott Porteous is hosting the fall contest for a grand prize of $1,000 at Chuckles Comedy Zone, located downstairs from the St. James Bowling Lanes. A thousand beans is a lot of groceries for up-and-coming comics and the first heat of hopefuls included J.D. Renaud, Judy Dougall, Justin Chen, Chris Mackling, Craig Ouendag, Tim Gray and Paul Rabliauskas. "I'd like to be known — even within Canada would be great," says Welwood, who took a comedy course with Dan Licoppe. At the moment, Welwood is working in a movie store, cruising in his car looking for local material and recently logged time on a city crew, learning about one-word cat calls. Dirty work, but somebody's got to do it. To compete, call 688-6502.
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MUSICAL MORSE? Strange sounds have been coming out of the old Penthouse building in the Exchange this week. Eighties rock band Dash and the Dots have been rehearsing like mad for the band's big reunion event tonight — after more than 25 years apart.
"Dash and I had been talking about getting the band together," says the band's first manager, David Perich. "We finally traced everybody down and they were all surprised — but everyone was into it." Drummer Dash, a.k.a. Richard Trann, says it was partly inspired by the 2010 Homecoming. And who thought up that crazy band name in 1980? "I did some K-Tel commercials and people thought I looked like Dash Riprock, who wanted to be a TV star, in The Beverly Hillbillies (TV show). Dave came up with the whole name." The band's nucleus found young singing sisters Tam and Tosh (Tamara and Tasha Amabile, daughter of poet George Amabile) by putting an ad in the paper.
Outside of fun gigs with bands like Trooper, Trann now works in social services, implementing a needle-exchange program from Vancouver to Whistler. "Tam works with her husband near T.O. in a heavy-equipment moving biz and Tosh flips houses," says Perich. Chris Brett, (guitar player/vocals) plays and works in the sound end of the music biz, and John Neal (bass guitar) works a straight job in insurance while playing with four different bands. Ricky Carpick (guitar, keyboards) works in sales with Independent Fish. Everybody's looking good (better than Mick and Keith!). Put on your dancin' shoes; the rockin' starts at 10 p.m. at the Pyramid. Tickets are $10 at the door.
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THE RISING MACLEAN BROTHERS: Rock musicians Paul, Trav, and David MacLean, who grew up with comedy dad Gary MacLean and their wild 'n' crazy Uncle Blair are into the music end of showbiz. And they have major rock-biz connections to help them to the top. Dad's old roomie was none other than Burton Cummings, and Cummings has been collaborating with the boys, helping them to write new songs. With their lead singer, Michael Vermeylen, they pack the Royal George in Transcona Monday nights, playing a lot of rock originals. This year, they played a successful one-month tour of South Korea — sometimes you have to go east to get a good start west. Tonight, they warm up for Dash and the Dots at the Pyramid.
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MADISON CHAPEL HAS ARRIVED: Sometimes the winner of a modeling contest is so new to the scene she doesn't even have professional pictures — or her braces off yet. Madison Chapel, 14, recently won a place at the annual Faces West contest in Vancouver through a Panache agency preliminary contest in Winnipeg. Her first photos are just out this week, some with lips closed, others showing her decorator teeth. No matter. Madison is already creating a lot of excitement outside the country. The 5-10 beauty has already met with a scout from Milan, and Panache owner Jane Campbell whipped off her material to an agency in Los Angeles.
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