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Niti Dhingra, shown outside The Guild in Charlottetown, is performing at the Charlottetown venue Wednesday for the Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase.
Niti Dhingra, shown outside The Guild in Charlottetown, is performing at the Charlottetown venue Wednesday for the Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase. - Tony Davis

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - After headlining a show at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto in April and others in the Halifax area, P.E.I.-born comedian Dan Hendricken is hoping to bring big laughs to his home province this week.

This promotional image shows the lineup for Wednesday’s Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase, including Islander Dan Hendricken.
This promotional image shows the lineup for Wednesday’s Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase, including Islander Dan Hendricken.

Dan Hendricken will headline the Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase Wednesday at The Guild in Charlottetown.

 “I’ve done shows at The Guild before, but this seems like it is going to be the biggest,” said Hendricken, who got into the business by lying to his parents.

“I told them I was going to Halifax for school, I really went for comedy.”

He worked as a doorman at Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club performing where he could, taking slots when available.

“It takes a while to get comfortable in comedy, but I was lucky to know the right people. I would say career-wise headlining Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto was the biggest thing,” he said.

“It’s not often an East Coast comedian gets that chance.”

Hendricken, who grew up in Mount Stewart, says he is excited to be back on P.E.I. for the showcase. He is also looking forward to seeing some talented artists he hasn’t seen before.

Niti Dhingra is one of them. The U.K.-born comedian, who has lived on the Island for the last year, says she got into the industry when her friend was frank about her poetry readings.

“You are a comedian, your poetry sucks.”

Now, Dhingra has performed in the U.K., Germany and the U.S.

She hopes her efforts on stage encourage more women on P.E.I. to pursue comedy.

“At open mics (in P.E.I.), I am usually the only woman to perform,” she said.

She has also been teaching comedy classes for women on P.E.I.

“I have about 17 women in my class now.”

If you go

  • The Kraken Up Comedy Showcase also features Maritime comedians Taylor Carver and Johnny Novak. Sam MacDonald, recent winner of a spotlight award presented at the Charlottetown Art and Culture Awards, will host the event.
  • It all kicks off 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Tickets can be purchased at The Guild box office or online at theguildpei.com.

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