Following his first Just for Laughs appearance, Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson is hosting a comedy show at the Queen’s on April 7. (Photo courtesy Raymond Knight)

Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson hosting comedy fundraiser at the Queen’s

Hudson recently performed at Just for Laughs NorthWest in Vancouver

Comedians from across Canada call Peter Hudson “the mayor of Nanaimo.”

The local joke teller has been putting the Harbour City on the comedy map. He recently earned the Queen’s a “Best Comedy Room” nomination for his series of mental health awareness comedy shows and last month he said he became the first Nanaimo comedian to perform at the Just for Laughs NorthWest Comedy Festival in Vancouver.

“It was amazing, man. I’m in the same festival with all my heroes like Bill Burr, Anthony Jeselnik, the Lucas Brothers. I was having a drink with the Lucas Brothers after a show. It was surreal…” he said.

“It’s one of the biggest credits you can get as a comedian. It’s like the Grand Poobah. I’ve been doing comedy for seven years and it felt [like] all my work paid off.”

Hudson said its hard for comedians who live outside of major population centres to get noticed by comedy scouts. With that in mind, he developed his Outsiders comedy show, which brings together Western Canadian jokers from as far as Whitehorse. The comedians are divided into teams representing Vancouver Island, the Okanagan Valley and the Prairies.

Last fall Hudson put on an Outsiders showcase in Vancouver for the head co-ordinator for Just for Laughs NorthWest to great acclaim.

“She loved the idea and we’re going to be doing it next year, too,” he said.

On April 7 Hudson will be back at the Queen’s to host an evening of comedy featuring Chris Gordon and Colin Sharp. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Hudson was inspired to hold comedy fundraisers after a childhood friend and fellow comedian died by suicide five years ago. He said he didn’t want his friend forgotten.

“I give away a lot of free tickets too, to people who are going through some stuff, people that have lost loved ones to the fentanyl crisis, to depression … its a community thing. It’s beautiful, it’s really special,” he said.

Hudson said the comedians he approaches for the shows are enthusiastic about participating and he makes sure they’re taken care of.

“I bring them around [and] I show them my city. I’m proud of where I come from,” he said.

“I love where I come from. I own a house here, I have a new family, a little baby girl, I’m not going anywhere. I’m the guy – I’m the Nanaimo guy.”

WHAT’S ON … Peter Hudson hosts Chris Gordon is Missing Getting Action: A Stand-Up Comedy Show for Mental Health at the Queen’s on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Discontent City argues that it’s keeping occupants safe

Hearing continuing today, July 18, at B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

NRE will sell its land, plans for a new depot there are ‘over’

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange board decides to sell Kenworth Road property

UPDATED: Cougar shot by police in Nanaimo

Shooting occurred in water at Nanaimo Yacht Club at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday

Nanaimo Airport set to welcome 8 charter planes for BC Summer Games

Hundreds of athletes and support officials from around the province will arrive… Continue reading

Open fires banned within Nanaimo city limits

City burning ban took effect yesterday, provincial campfire ban starts today

Nanaimo Concert Band to perform at Maffeo Sutton Park

Group will play marches, swing and show tunes at free evening concert

14-year-old pilot attempts to break Guinness World Record at B.C. airport

Mohd Shaikhsorab wants to become youngest pilot with fewest hours logged to fly solo

Price no guarantee for safety with horse riding helmets: new report

A Swedish insurance report reveals that many brands of equestrian helmets do not protect riders as well as they could.

One year later: Still no suspects in killing of 13-year-old B.C. girl

Marrisa Shen was killed in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 18, 2017

BC Games opening ceremonies promise to be magical

Features Shane Koyczan and his band, Asani, parade of athletes, and lots more

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors send DeMar DeRozan to Spurs in colossal NBA trade

Toronto also sent Jakob Poeltl and 2019 first-round pick, gets Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

More lightning forecast as storm sparks 38 new wildfires in B.C.

22 new fires in are burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontario

Black bears, now yearlings, were sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario last April

Most Read