August 9, 2019 @ 9:30pm (Doors @ 8:30pm)
The Dragon Lounge at Elements Casino Surrey (map)
17755 60 Ave., Surrey, B.C.
Tel: (604) 576-9141
General Admission: $20 (plus s/c) in advance, $30 at the door.
Reserved Table with 7 seats: $120 (plus s/c) in advance only.
The 2019 festival kicks off with a night of stand-up comedy in partnership with Elements Casino Surrey, featuring some of Greater Vancouver's finest comedians: Rae Lynn Carson, Ash Dhawan, Rajneesh Dhawan, Al Hassam, Devon Kandola, Leena Manro (I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Chicken fame), and our emcee Dusty Searcy!
The night will continue with a post-show dance party featuring High Voltage Roadshow's DJ Beatdrop!
Cash bar and dinner menu will be available.
About The Comedians
Dusty Searcy (MC)
Dusty Searcy is a hilarious man who audiences just can’t get enough of. Watching him perform, you would swear you were best buds. Telling personal stories about his life, nothing is off limits for this budding young comic.
Based in Vancouver, but touring all over Western Canada, he’s an act you surely do not want to miss.
Rae Lynn Carson
Rae Lynn Carson is a Jill of all comedy trades. Not only does she do stand up, she's an improviser and sketch comedy writer. She performs regularly with Vancouver TheatreSports, Nasty Women Comedy, and guests on a number of shows around town!
The best way to describe her comedy is 'weird but in a good way'.
Ash Dhawan (A.K.A Bad Ash) has made quite an impression with her "OMG, did she just say that?" variety of comedy. Her hilarious take on life as a single South Asian woman has captured audience attention across Canada.
She was the winner of Vancouver's Funniest Comic With A Day Job contest in 2011, and the back-to-back winner of the 2014 & 2015 BC's Funniest Female contest. She's an engineer by day and a comedian by night, and has been embraced by the comedy community, working with formidable comedians such as India's founding father of stand-up comedy, Johnny Lever.
Her passion for comedy and dedication to her craft have made her a favorite among audiences of all ages and backgrounds. She also insists that all bio's written about her mention her obsession with Liam Neeson, her irrational fear of electrical fires, and her incredible beauty.
Rajneesh Dhawan is a professor, playwright, and performer with more than 30 years of public speaking experience. His comedy career started during his college days in India, where he wrote three television series and four documentaries. Since moving to Canada in 2009, Rajneesh has written five plays that have been performed in the Fraser Valley. His latest comedy, “Culture Shock” is under production and will be premiering this Fall.
In 2017, he returned to performing stand-up comedy and has since won the Fraser Valley Comedy competition twice. He featured in Just For Laughs Northwest in Vancouver in 2018 and in March this year, he advanced to the long list of CBC’s NextUp competition. Rajneesh is a regular performer with Fraser Valley Comedy, having performed at multiple venues across the Lower Mainland.
Al Hassam is of Indian background, but he was raised in a small town. His brand of stand-up comedy mixes knowledge of cultural ethnicity and relationships as key ingredients. His love of comedy has allowed him to perform in venues across Canada and the U.S.
He is also passionate about community involvement and has performed with organizations such as Stand Up For Mental Health to promote a more inclusive society. Al's quick wit leaves audiences delighted with laughter
Devon Kandola is 27 years old, born in the lower mainland and raised as an Indian boy, by semi-Indian parents. A regular at Yuk-Yuks Vancouver, he has been a fan of comedy his entire life.
When he’s not focused on comedy, in his spare time he enjoys helping children learn how to make cocktails. His proudest moment came when he once fought a bear. In his dream. He almost won.
As one of the creators, writers and actors for the hit comedy play series, "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Chicken", Leena has spent years honing her comedy chops on stage. In addition to Butter Chicken success, Leena also received a LEO nomination for best supporting actress in the feature film, Sisters & Brothers.
Recently, she's been diligently studying and performing stand-up comedy all across the Lower Mainland. Leena is currently a founder and director at All Purpose Creative; a design agency that creates compelling media design experiences where, for the last five years, Leena has been busy using her comic skills to create hilarious promotional and training videos for clients such as IBM.
Leena believes that humour is a universal language that translates into many mediums and reaches many people; and she is committed to doing just that.