Whistler has long been recognized as a place that knows how to have fun, whether it’s a day on the mountain for some adrenaline-fuelled adventures, or a night on the town enjoying the Village’s legendary nightlife, but a new type of fun is flourishing in the resort these days: comedy.
Megan Fullerton has seen Whistlerites appetite for stand-up grow tremendously in recent years with a surge in performances throughout the resort, and she’s hoping local comics-to-be have been inspired to make their dreams a reality.
Offering classes in both stand-up and sketch comedy starting Friday (Sept. 13) through LB Productions, Whistler comedian Fullerton will be presenting a very hands-on curriculum that will allow participants to showcase their stage skills in a final show.
With a background in comedy and acting, Fullerton came to Whistler from Toronto, where she was a professional actor in theatre, film, television, and commercials.
Sharpening her comedy chops at the revered Second City in Toronto, the aspiring comic eventually graduated to their conservatory level of training.
After doing sketch comedy for many years, Fullerton made the organic transfer into the world of stand-up comedy, a talent she hopes to impart on Whistlerites.
“Stand-up is interesting because it’s something you can’t really train for – you just have to hone it. You need to develop your own personal style. Improv and sketch are different that way because they are both very collaborative and it’s a group and you are working together but in stand-up, it’s really all you.”
Fullerton is excited to engage the up-and-coming comedians of Whistler and wants to create a new venue for funny people of all ages to sharpen their skills.
“I think there are a lot of talented, funny people, here,” Fullerton said. “I feel like there needs to be a little more accessibility to learning it and being able to perform – especially with something like stand-up, because it’s very much something that you have to actually do to get good at it. You need a stage to do that on.”
The sketch comedy class will be open to anyone, ages 13 and up, and will be a 10-week course, culminating into a final presentation and LB Productions show on November 17.
Fullerton sees sketch comedy as a very collaborative process and hopes to see a lot of beginners show off their comedic prowess.
“The sketch class is actually for people who are funny and creative, and who like to write,” she said. “It will be very collaborative in learning the process and ideally, for the show, we want to showcase original sketches that we have created.”
The stand-up comedy class will look a little different, in that it will only be a four-week course that ends with a final show at the Hilton in mid-October.
“Really, stand-up is all about preparing,” she added. “I think there are a lot of funny people out there in Whistler who have wanted to try stand-up but where do you do it? And how do you do it? So the class will be perfect for people who want to answer that little voice in the back of their head that’s telling them they want to do it, and just go for it and face that fear.
“The thing about stand-up is that it’s so unique, and your specific experience would be so different than mine, and so that’s what I want people to tap into and find.”
Personally understanding the fear that is often associated with performing stand-up comedy, the creative comic hopes she can help both those looking to perform and the people just out for a chuckle or two.
“I think there is a need a lot of people who want to do it, but on the flipside, there are a lot of people who just want to come out and have a good laugh,” Fullerton noted.
“So it’s for both people who want to perform and people who just want to have a good time. I think there is not enough of it and I really see a need for it in the area.”
The sketch comedy classes start Friday at Millennium Place. Registration is $225 for the 10-week program.
The stand-up classes begin next Friday (Sept. 20), also at Millennium Place, and costs $90 for four weeks.
To register, or for more information on all the courses offered by LB Productions this fall, visit www.lbpentertainment.com.