Comedians yuk it up for the MS Society

Greg Kettner and Winston Spear perform in Kamloops’ MS Society’s Comedy for a Cause event

Winston Spears hams it up, throwing his whole body into every joke. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

Winston Spears hams it up, throwing his whole body into every joke. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

Greg Kettner is an accomplished comedian who has opened for Norm MacDonald and raised tens of thousands of fundraising dollars for various causes.

Kettner’s set felt down to earth. The lighting onstage and in the audience was very similar, allowing him to actually make eye contact and giving the set a down-home feel. Kettner used some of his experiences as a comedian as joke fodder, including an occasion where he was asked to step in after Whose Line Is It Anyway alum Greg Proops bombed and left minutes into a pricy corporate gig.

In stark contrast to Kettner, Winston Spear came out of the green room fully in character. He danced up to the stage to Funkytown by Lipps Inc. Spear’s persona is a hilariously neurotic, stiff character who often does a bit of a twitchy moonwalk.

His comedy style also differs from Kettner’s, as Spear jumps right into enacting all the various voices for some zany parody commercials. His style was less story-based, and focussed more on independent rapid-fire bits with an occasional throwback to a previous joke. Spear closed the show with a comedic freestyle dance, an outlet for his stage persona’s nervous energy.

Between the two, there was something for everyone. Unfortunately, “everyone” was only about half the expected audience size.

Greg Kettner hilariously describes turning a prostate check into a more romantic experience. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

Greg Kettner hilariously describes turning a prostate check into a more romantic experience. (Marlys Klossner/The Omega)

The event was well-produced with lots of different options to support the cause. Apart from ticket proceeds there was a silent auction, 50/50 tickets, door prizes and a balloon popping game. Prizes up for grabs included apparel, gear and even getaways, all while giving money towards helping those struggling with Multiple Sclerosis.

“The MS Society of Canada has a dual mission, because there is no known cure or cause yet, so while we do focus on trying to find the cure for MS and find out what causes it we also help people suffering from MS today to help lead a fulfilling life,” fundraising coordinator Katrina Harding said.

The next fundraising event the MS Society will host will be the Scotiabank MS Walk on Sunday, May 15.

“It’s a great show of support from our community to everybody with MS, not just in Kamloops but the whole surrounding area. The Kamloops and area chapter supports as far away as Merrit, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake, so everyone can come out, have a fun time and support those living with MS,” Harding said.

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