Lucas Myers is reclaiming the redneck, and he’s bringing Randy the Redneck to Kimberley on Friday, May 23 at Centre 64.
Randy the Redneck is a character that Myers — a comedian from Nelson — says keeps popping up in his shows.
“All my shows star various personas,” Myers told the Bulletin. “But Randy seems to keep showing up. People seem to like him.
“His mission is to reclaim the redneck. He’s been given a bad reputation.”
Undeserved, Myers says. He wants to present a loving look.
“A redneck is not a small-minded bigot. He’s good-hearted, helpful, but still crazy. He’s a benevolent redneck. He’s become aware of the environment.”
Myers will present his entire show in the Randy the Redneck character.
He calls his show live comedy, close to stand up, but not quite the same. There is also some music, reflecting the benevolent redneck, such as the song, “Mother Nature, I’m Sorry”.
“I can’t get rid of Randy. He keeps showing up in my shows, so I’m giving him a chance to shine,” Myers said.
Since graduating from the National Theatre School in 1998 Lucas has performed in many of the major theatres across Canada as well as touring internationally to the US, England, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand and Brunei. He has created and performed in many new plays as a member of the Victoria-based independent theatre company TheatreSKAM and studied physical theatre and collaborative creation with The SITI Company in New York and Boca del Lupo Theatre in Vancouver. In 2007 he formed PilotcoPilot Theatre with a mandate to create work which is accessible, thought provoking, and highly theatrical in an effort to attract a new generation of theatre-goers while continuing to entertain the established fans of live theatre. His performances incorporate elements of stand-up comedy, audience participation, and original music to create a unique and often hilarious experience. He also performs as a post-modern Vaudeville duo, The Amazing and Impermeable Cromoli Brothers, which won the Best Comedy Award at the New Zealand International Theater Festival. He is a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Nelson.
Myers plays Centre 64 at 8 p.m. Friday, May 23. Tickets are $10 at the door.