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SPCA offering a night of laughs to benefit the animals

The Lloydminster SPCA is hosting their Comedy Cabaret this weekend.

The event features live entertainment, from local musical group One Cent Melon as well as 2 comedians: James Uloth and Brittany Lyseng.

Uloth is originally from Edmonton but now lives in LA and he is the headliner. Lyseng is opening for him. She’s from Calgary and is an up and coming comedian with great reviews.

The Comedy Cabaret is a major fundraiser for the SPCA, but this year the event date falls on a weekend jam-packed with local events all competing for attendees from the area. Director of Operations and Community Relations with the SPCA, Jon Punshon says ideally the event would not be in competition with other community event.

“We generally hold it in March. Certainly, our goal is to research and try to determine dates that don’t collide or compete with other events because they’re all great charities, and especially right now where things are tight in the economy, we definitely don’t want to be competing. I mean, there’s still a lot of donations to go around and people that come and support the different events. Just no sense in sort of flooding the market all with similar events all at the same time.”

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Punshon also says there isn’t a concrete fundraising goal for the event, understanding the constraints from both the difficult economic times and the date of the Cabaret being the same weekend as 3 other local events. However, he says that ideally the show would sell out or at least beat last year’s ticket sales. He says he’d be happy with $10,000 on the night, but doesn’t want the community to feel as though they’ve let the organizers down if that dollar amount isn’t reached.

The evening will also include games like 50/50, Pinko, a booze barrel raffle, and Pie in the Eye.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at lloydminsterspca.com, at the shelter, or at the door. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th at Rolling Greens Fairways.

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