Venables delivers weekend of ‘buff’ with unique shows

There’s a whole lot of buff coming to the Frank Venables Theatre this weekend. Yes, that kind of buff.

The Oliver-based theatre is hosting a pair of unique events featuring shirtless men, opening with Axé Capoeira Friday evening and continuing with The Comic Strippers Saturday.

No, the theatre says, there will be no nudity.

The Brazilian dance troupe Axé Capoeira has performed worldwide, making its Canadian debut at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in 1990.

Featuring traditional capoeira music as well as upbeat Brazilian vocals and instrumentals, performances showcase professional capoeiristas and dancers at the height of their skill.

And, as the promotional images suggest, they look good doing it.

With exciting choreographed dances, internationally acclaimed capoeira, high-flying acrobatics, invigorating music and dazzling costumes, Axé Capoeira performances have enthralled audiences of all ages and sizes in thousands of schools, festivals, and theatres across the globe.

Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. show are $12.50 and available online at

Saturday, a male stripper parody and improv comedy show takes the stage.

The Comic Strippers are a fictitious male stripper troupe  — played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians — performing a hilarious improv comedy show.

These guys try to be sexy, it just comes off as funny.

Constantly grooving and gyrating in between scenes, they banter with the crowd and perform their hilarious twist on improv sketches.

Semi undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

The Comic Strippers are presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) along with Munday Media and Design and the Coast Oliver Hotel.

They gyrate on to the Venables Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 or bring a group of 10 or more and pay only $30 each, (19+ only).

Tickets and more information can be found at


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