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Laughs at the Lido

From it's humble beginnings as fort St. John's only movie theatre, the Lido has now established itself as, not a movie theatre, but one of the town's most popular event venues. Channeling the image of Classic Hollywood and keeping the crowd happy with class acts from comedy to music to even fundraising galas the Lido plays an integral part in the development of the local entertainment scene. As a thank you to the local Visitor Centre for it's partnership in ticket sales, the proprieters of the Lido supplied us with complementary tickets to one of their monthly Comedy Detour shows. The Lido hosts rising and established Canadian Comedy acts as a part of their Comedy Detour on the final Friday and Saturday nights of each month. Last night we were treated to an exceptional standup routine by Dylan Mandlsohn. The opening act (a young man from Edmonton) was not altogether bad, but it was also heavily reliant upon crude humour and relatively offensive jokes. Some members of our group found his performance rather less than pleasant. After being served another round of wine at the intermission (the waitresses were professional, efficient, and effective) we were introduced to the talented Dylan Mandlsohn. His performance more than made up for the somewhat shakey opener. We convulsed with laughter from start to finish. From brilliant mimicry to insightful social commentary Mandlsohn offered an endlessly entertaining and amusing show. Not only did he provoke laughter but this renowned Toronto-native also left the audience with some remarkably accurate and thought-provoking observations. All of us girls from the Visitor Centre thoroughly enjoyed our foray into the local comedy scene (complete with a private booth!) and will likely darken the Lido's doors on future Comedy Detour nights. Assuming the talent is always of Mandlsohn-esque quality I would unquestionably reccommend the Comedy Detour for Girl's Night or really any other time you need an excuse to get out and giggle.

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Taken on June 7, 2009