Canadian Comedian Nikki Payne puts students in stitches

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The penultimate event of UNBSJ’s Frost Week—a special free appearance by Canadian award-winning comedian, Nikki Payne—had its audience squealing in laughter on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Whitebone Lounge.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. and by the time the show started at 8 p.m., Lori Gibbs, the hilarious master of ceremonies, opened to a full house. The short warm-up had the crowd in stiches, preparing them for feature act, Kyle Armstrong. This Ontario native got his share of giggles as he cracked jokes about his girlfriend’s crazy dreams and games with a man named Sonny.

When Payne, the shows kooky headliner, took the stage, the mood in Whitebone Lounge was cheerful; she was well received and gave students a show they won’t soon forget. The funny-woman’s X-rated set list was a hit with the crowd; from the secret plots of the average house cat to her interesting outlook on being called an inspiration, there wasn’t a single punch line that didn’t sit well with the group.

Payne is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and has appeared on many popular television shows, such as “Video on Trial,” “Last Comic Standing” and “Buzz.”

To follow Payne’s life on and outside the stage, check out her website at


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