Do you hate the overpriced roses, heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bears? Or do you love them, but also love to laugh? A local comedy duo aims to deliver a Valentine’s Day that everyone can enjoy, whether you like or loathe all the kitsch and consumerism of the pseudo-holiday.
“It’s kind of like Valentine’s Day is a lot of things,” Laura Stolte says with a laugh. “We’re leaving it open to interpretation for people. I think we both really hate the pressure that comes with Valentine’s Day, and I guess the consumerism of it. So we thought, let’s just have an event that’s fun, that can still be something that people do but is less ‘give each other chocolate hearts that no one likes’ kind of thing.”
Stolte is one half of Space:Nunz, a musical-comedy duo that has been making the rounds of Edmonton’s comedy circuit for about a year. Stolte and fellow performer Nathalie Feehan debuted their group at last year’s Not Enough Fest. After finding a welcome entry into the city’s comedy scene, they decided to take a shot at curating their own event.
Cupid Can Suck It will feature the musical-comedy stylings of Space:Nunz, Success 5000 and Lane Olson, sketch comedy by Marv N’ Berry and stand-up comedy by Tamara Appleton, Simon Gorsak, Carina Morton, Simon Glassman, Brett McCrindle and Charles Haycock.
A comedy show based on Valentine’s Day is ripe for all sorts of pretty terrible overtures, but Stolte notes that they chose this set of performers specifically because their humour tends to shoot above the hip. She also notes that she and Feehan were pleasantly surprised by how inclusive the comedy scene has been, overall.
“Between myself and [Feehan], we’ve seen everyone who’s performing before,” Stolte says. “The styles of humour go really well together. And also, they’re really good comedians—like, not really sexist or racist or anything like that. That was the main goal in curating.
“The Whyte Ave comedy scene, particularly, has just been super open because there’s a lot of people in it right now who want to be in it for, you know, really unique comedy; comedy that’s intelligent—again, not based out of race or sex or, like, fart jokes,” she continues. “I think that it’s like a really progressive scene, and they’ve just been so open and including, and we just get invited to all sorts of shows because of that. … It’s a lot less prescribed than I think a comedy scene could be.”
Sat, Feb 13 (9 pm)
Bohemia, $12 (suggested)