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Funny tour stops tonight in Bemidji

BEMIDJI - An eclectic mix of comedians will visit the Historic Chief Theater tonight as part of their South of Canada Comedy Tour.

Lukas Seely, Mark Dawsons, Edi Zanidache and Halli Borgfjord, who have collectively performed on Showtime, Spike TV, Great American Country, the Bob and Tom Show and other comedy programs, are excited to visit the area.

All of the comedians, as the tour name implies, grew up just south of the Canadian border - and they continue to enjoy performing in more rural audiences that are likelier to make lazy their scrutinizing eyes and enjoy the show.

Seely, a former resident of Billings, Mont., who currently resides in Los Angeles, focuses his act on the idiosyncrasies of country living. The act has been well-received by audiences overall, but Seely remains grateful to his crowds outside of Los Angeles.

"One night, I performed with Dane Cook, Ron White, Daniel Tosh from Tosh.0, Greg Giraldo and Bill Burr in Los Angeles," Seely said. "But I wasn't even a star that night, I was a nobody, nobody gave a crap who I was - and yes, it was fun to be able to hold my own. But this is what makes it fun to perform in rural - because they appreciate the art form a little more; they're willing to laugh and have a good time."

Dawsons, winner of the Montana Comedy Contest, hones in on super-husbands, pre-teen egos and doctors as mechanics for the body in his act. Zanidache, whose parents emigrated to America from Romania when he was just two years old, jokes about growing up with foreign parents and includes a few comedic raps and slam poetry. And Borgfjord takes on Toe Shoes, women and P90X.

The show is slated to be a hoot for all. Tickets are available online at Laugh Stub, at Keg 'n Cork in downtown Bemidji or at the door for $16.25. The show begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 209-5708.