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Dan Verville loves making people laugh.
The 29-year-old will be performing at the upcoming Winnipeg Comedy Festival in the new Neighbourhoods show at the Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Ave.) on April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The new show will consist of several Winnipeg comedians who will deliver a set, either in the form of a monologue or a song, showcasing the neighbourhoods where they live or grew up.
Verville, who currently lives in Fort Rouge, spent his first 24 years growing up in the St. Vital area. He said each comic appearing in the show will be given 10 minutes.
"I’ll be telling some stories and some funny anecdotes and I’m currently working through a few things," said Verville, who is the director of marketing and communications for The Players Cup.
"I’m probably going to touch on Riel House and St. Vital Centre, which was a social hub growing up."
The Collège Jeanne-Sauvé alumnus said part of the humour in his set will focus on people’s misconceptions about St. Vital.
"A lot of folks who don’t live in the area tend to think of St. Vital as upper-class, but we’re really middle-class and aspiring to be like Charleswood," he said with a laugh.
Verville has spent the last decade honing his comedy skills. He is a regular host at Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club, has been featured on CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud, has showcased at the Just for Laughs comedy festival and opened for comedians such as Gerry Dee. He caught the stand-up bug after taking a comedy writing class when he was in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.
"I really just enjoy making people laugh. I started when at college and haven’t stopped since," Verville said.
He said he doesn’t suffer from stage fright in the traditional sense because he harnesses his feelings before going onstage into an energizing force.
"It’s a different kind of stage fright. It’s more energy than fright because I’m excited to try out new material," Verville said.
"I’ve gained more confidence as the years have gone by and I look up to people like Seinfeld, as my humour tends to be observational and clean enough for everyone. There’s definitely an addictive element to stand-up comedy, especially when you first start and getting a positive response from an audience."
In addition to appearing at the Neighbourhoods show on April 8, Verville will be hosting The Winnipeg Show at the Gas Station Arts Centre on April 6 and hosting at Rumor’s (2025 Corydon Ave.) on April 7.
Go online at www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com for tickets or more information about the festival.
Visit www.danverville.ca to learn more about Verville.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 204-697-7111.