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Mar. 26, 2019 | Tuesday
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Ed the Sock heads to Niagara Falls for War on Stupid
Ed the Sock will be at Willie John's Big Easy on March 14 as a part of his War on Stupid Comedy Tour. (Supplied)

Ed the Sock is bringing his War on Stupid comedy tour to Niagara Falls this March, to put a sock in the mouths of the stupid.

On March 14 at 8 p.m., well-known local comedian David Green will host the show at Willie John’s Big Easy on Chrysler Avenue. Local comedians Bonez Poley and Robert Dorinz will perform 15-minute segments, warming the crowd up for Liana Kerzner and headliner Ed the Sock.

Tickets can be purchased through the Livestock Niagara website. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP tickets are $40 and include a meet and greet, a photo with Ed the Sock and autographed artwork after the show.

The appearance in Niagara Falls is one of eight stops in the Ontario-wide leg of the tour.

Ed, created and portrayed by Steven Kerzner, is doing his comeback tour with writer/producer wife, Liana K, to promote FUN, the new FU Network which officially launched in February 2019. FUN initially began in 2016 but was taken off the air by Bell Media on grounds of copyright infringement, after a segment was aired accusing the media corporation of causing Much Music’s demise.

After some time off the air, FUN secured enough money through online fundraising campaigns to officially launch the network online.

The Thursday night performance at Willie John’s is promoted by Livestock Niagara. Rafik Guirguis, owner, said nostalgia fueled his excitement to bring Ed to Niagara.

“It’s really cool. It’s from an era that a huge portion of the demographic of Niagara can relate to. It’s from that good old fashioned much music, the 90s.”

Branching out from only hosting music-centered events, Guirguis said Livestock is expanding its outreach. “This show marks one of the main branches that livestock is going to be going into, which is comedy. Doing showcases that aren’t just music-exclusive.”

Livestock has promoted comedy shows in the past, with popular names like Erik Stolhanske from Super Troopers as a part of his Canada-wide tour to promote the second film in the franchise, and Spencer (Spenny) Rice from Kenny vs. Spenny.

Guirguis said Willie John’s Big Easy is an ideal venue for the event.

“It’s a hidden gem, it’s gorgeous on the inside and the sound is great.”

He said he recently started promoting events at the venue because it allows for charging a cover fee, opening the door for bigger names and more performances.

“It looks a little rough on the outside, but that’s kind of what I like about it. It’s got that classic venue look to it. Old fashioned rock and roll.”

Guirguis said there’s a lot to be excited about gearing up for the show. Kim Chapniss, past VJ of Much Music and now resident of Niagara Falls will have some involvement in the show, though Guirguis wouldn’t disclose to what extent.

“It’s just going to be hilarious. It’s got some great local comedians. David Green is classic around these parts. It’s not an all-male line-up which I really like about it. There are two female performers.”

He said he’s also looking forward to meeting Ed personally. Growing up in the age of Much Music, he said Ed’s commentary of music videos, bands and what was happening around the world made him “take everything with a grain of salt.”

“That’s kind of what we need nowadays – to not take everything too serious and to poke fun at ourselves.”

Livestock will be promoting a variety of events this year, from continuing with the market that was started last summer to holding art showcases and inspirational talks. He said the festival will still be held on Queen Street, but it will likely take place on a different date then last year.

Livestock’s website describes the performance:

“Canadian icon Ed the Sock & the witty and vivacious Liana K, TV's Ed and Red, return to save the world from the onslaught of idiocy with weaponized humour! Left or Right, they're going to spill your Kool-Aid with laughter! Plus - classic Ed Much Music & CityTV clips, audience participation and more!”

Guirguis added, “It’s diverse, it’s going to be hilarious and it’s going to be a high-energy show.”

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