Local trio hits comedy trail

Cooma's Louisa Wall, Dave Unwin and Tim Cooke are set to take the stage for a night of fun and comedy at the Cooma Little Theatre this Saturday.

The local trio, together with a group of comedians from Canberra, are taking part in the Stand Up For Rural Communities comedy night hosted by Resilience Inc.

Mr Unwin and Mr Cooke are returning to the stage after making their debut at the last stand up show in May. For Miss Wall, it will be her first foray into comedy.

The Monaro High School student thought she would give it a crack after watching the first show back in March and taking part in comedy workshops hosted by Canberra comedian Emo Parsonson.

She has been in a number of school productions, including the school's most recent sell out musical Singin' in the Rain in which Miss Wall showed her comedic flair as Lina Lamont.

When asked what kind of material she will performing on Saturday she laughed, "I am a 6' 4" female ginger. I think that pretty much explains it."

Seasoned theatre performer Dave Unwin will also take to the stage this Saturday. He has been in theatre for 24 years, being everything from an actor to director, but had never done stand up.

"I had a desire to explore other theatrical experiences," he said.

"I've always been fascinated by comedy."

At the last stand up comedy night Mr Unwin delivered a witty set commentating on reality television and the one thing they all had in common...the pause.

He kept the material for his upcoming set under wraps. "You'll have to come and watch, " he said.

For the third local comedian, Tim Cooke, his reason for performing stand up is simple. He loves being on stage, comedians are on a stage, so he would love being a comedian.

This Saturday will be Mr Cooke's second time performing at the Stand up For Rural Communities event. For his last set, he had some unique insights into the human anatomy and getting check-ups at the doctors, leaving the audience in stitches, and is sure to deliver once again.

Headlining the show is The Stevenson Experience. Talented twins James and Benjamin Stevenson who deliver musical genius through clever banter, wit and song.

Musical magician The Great Zamboni, who will perform two childrens' shows during the day will MC the night.

Other Canberra comedians Craig Harvey, Jasper Burfoot, Edwina Nelson and Dave Graham will also be performing. Crowd favourite from the first show in March Emo Parsonson is returning to the stage.

Tickets are $25 or $15 for Friends of Resilience Members and concession card holders. To book head to http://resilienceinc.org.au/ or the Cooma Visitors Centre.

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