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Friday, May 18, 2007

Comedy: The Laugh Gallery @ Rime

By Guy MacPherson

In his weekly showcase at Rime, local standup veteran Graham Clark would rather see the new and strange than the tried and true. Mark Mushet photo.In his weekly showcase at Rime, local standup veteran Graham Clark would rather see the new and strange than the tried and true. Mark Mushet photo.

You might think Vancouver comedian Graham Clark would avoid racetracks, given his allergy to horses. But Hastings Park is precisely where Clark chose to meet up with the Straight on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon. For the Alberta native, it's the perfect place to unwind after his visits to flea markets and yard sales in search of tacky prizes to give away at his weekly Wednesday-night comedy show, the Laugh Gallery, which takes place at Rime (1130 Commercial Drive).

And when you think about it, a day at the races makes perfect sense. Clark, an old soul at the age of 27, would fit right in with the Marx Brothers, with his ever-present vintage paperboy hat, Vandyke-ish facial hair, and quick wit. Even his alias fits: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo, meet Wannabo (a portmanteau of wannabe hobo), the moniker Clark uses on MySpace to differentiate himself from the millions of other Graham Clarks of the world.


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