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Two stand-up comics appear in Nanaimo as part of West Coast tour

Duane Goad and John Beuhler will try for laughs at the Terminal Bar on Oct. 21
Longtime friends and stand-up comics John Beuhler, left, and Duane Goad will take to the Terminal Bar stage in Nanaimo on Oct. 21 as part of their five-day comedy tour through the West Coast. (Submitted photos)

Toronto-born comic Duane Goad is looking forward to exploring parts of the West Coast he’s never seen before with longtime pal John Beuhler, and hopefully spread some laughter.

The pair will set off on the five-day Big Beast Comedy Tour that takes them through central Vancouver Island and across the Salish Sea to Sechelt. The tour cruises through Qualicum Beach on Oct. 19, Port Alberni on Oct. 20, Nanaimo on Oct. 21, Lake Cowichan on Oct. 22 and Parksville on Oct. 23.

“We should’ve called this the shiny foreheads tour,” joked Goad, adding that he and Beuhler have been friends for more than two decades.

Goad, who’s appeared on Comedy Central and shared the stage with Flight of the Conchords, Jim Gaffigan and Bill Burr, said he and Beuhler originally met in Edmonton where Beuhler was emceeing a show and attempted to start an improv segment with him.

“I say, ‘OK, John, start us off.’ And John is like, ‘Come to think of it, I think we’re pretty [bad] at improv, so maybe we should just end the show here tonight,’ and I looked at John, and I go ‘don’t ever try to mess with me, kid.’ And we laughed it off and we had a great time after that,” Goad said.

Other than touring, the two comics also collaborate on a YouTube series called Movie Bullies, in which they “take great movies down a peg or two.”

They’ve provided comedic narrative to such films as Titanic, Scarface, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and Road House, and Goad said they’re looking to do a segment on Commando soon.

In early September, the pair shared the stage at the Yuk’s Yuk’s Comedy Club in Surrey, where Goad credits the conception of the upcoming tour organized by Beuhler.

Playing smaller cities and towns, he said, is nostalgic for him since he previously lived in Hope, Chilliwack and Abbotsford before moving to the United States.

“I’ve only played Victoria once, and that was six or seven years ago … For me, it’s almost like a tourist week, like a little vacation,” he said, and added that he often feels compelled to “bring the goods and really deliver” for a smaller audience.

As the “grownup” between the two, Goad said he and Beuhler approach comedy differently.

“Just being married and having a kid is a completely different set than what John does, which is good … If you’re single and with your buddies out there, you’ll like John. If you’re a married couple, or grandparents, or whatever, you can relate to what I’m doing,” he said. “You might look at us and think ‘oh, that’s just what the world needs, two straight white guys complaining.’ But I think we’ve found a way that we can work together, where, whatever your style of comedy is, I think you’re going to get it from the two of us … At least I hope so.”

Goad and Beuhler will each do a set at the Terminal Bar, 63 Victoria Cres., on Friday, Oct. 21, between 7-9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at

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Mandy Moraes

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I joined Black Press Media in 2020 as a multimedia reporter for the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, and transferred to the News Bulletin in 2022
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