TREENA MIELKE/Ponoka News
While its name might provoke some smiles, and perhaps, raise a few eyebrows, the reasoning behind the Boob Tour, coming soon to Rimbey and Ponoka, is not a laughing matter.
The tour consists of a group of stand up comedians travelling to communities throughout North America to provide awareness and funds for breast cancer and all cancer charities. It also promotes comedy and gives the crowd a chance to experience the power of laughter.
“You would probably go to see comedy anyways and you would probably donate money to a worthy cause,” said organizer James Uloth.
“People are saturated with charities, this way you get something back. Laughter is the best medicine and we bring laughter to the audience.”
Uloth, who created the Boob Tour, said sustainability is crucial to making the tour successful.
“We want to build a lasting relationship with audience, venues and the communities we visit as a whole. Our idea is to establish a yearly philanthropic tour. Anybody can build a tour once, but it is my goal to have this go on for as long as the funding is needed.”
Ultoth said money raised goes to the support groups, health foundations and cancer centres that work on the front lines.
“These funds can go toward a number of things like medications, transportation or equipment that these smaller cancer centres need.”
Ponoka’s show is held April 17 beginning at 8 p.m. at the Kinsmen Community Centre. The Ponoka show will be in support of Donna’s Run – FCSS Breast Cancer Fund and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Teams.
Tickets are available at Busted Ladies Lingerie in Ponoka.
The comedy line up at this show looks nothing short of amazing. Comedians include Kelly Taylor, ranked No. 1 college comedian in Canada, and Allison Lane, a cancer survivor who chronicled her treatments on a web series called chem-ho. Lars Callieou, who performed at the Just for Laughs festival and on a one-hour comedy network special, and James Uloth from the SLO Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, who is also on Sirius and XM radio will round out the lineup.
The Boob Tour is in Rimbey on April 15, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Rimbey Community Centre.
Proceeds will support the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which will channel the funds toward the Central Alberta Cancer Centre in Red Deer and patient financial assistance in Alberta.