Ladner comedian to open for Russell Peters at Rogers Arena

DELTA — Ladner actor and comedian Darcy Michael will take the stage at Rogers Arena this weekend to open for Russell Peters.

Michael is one of the finalists in SiriusXM’s Top Comic competition that gets to open for Peters on his "Almost Famous" tour across Canada.

"The biggest audience I’ve played for before this is about 5,000, so the chance to play for a crowd four times that size is incredibly exciting," Michael wrote in an e-mail to Delta Optimist, a Now sister publication.

"Adding that it’s in my hometown just puts me over the moon. Normally all my exciting shows happen in Montreal at Just for Laughs or Toronto, so to be able to have my family and friends at this one will be great."

He said he got the news from a buddy at XM and, naturally, didn’t believe him.

"I still won’t be surprised if I show up to Rogers Arena on show day to find out I was just being punked."

Michael is in the midst of finishing a tour and packing for his move back to Toronto to film the second season of Spun Out, a workplace comedy on CTV.

His summer dates have included Just for Laughs in Montreal, as well as Vancouver and Calgary Pride.

Michael performed at the Comedy Mix in Vancouver from Sept. 18 to 20 before heading to Toronto for the Top Comic Finals today (Thursday, Sept. 25).The winner takes home $15,000.

Asked about any plans for the cash if he wins, Michael said, "This is where I say something exciting like a vacation around the world, but I’ll probably do something boring like pay some student loan debts and maybe buy another month membership at the Ladner Rec Centre."

Michael opens for Russell Peters on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $51.75 to $125. Visit Ticketmaster. ca for tickets.

Michael’s website is Darcymichael. com.

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