Comedic homecoming for teacher/comic Andrea Avery

Leader staff

Andrea Avery will be doing her stand-up comedy routine at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake on Dec. 2. It’s a sort of homecoming for her, as she once taught at E.G. Wahlstrom School in Slave Lake, from 2015 – 18.

Here’s Andrea, answering a few questions about herself:

When did you first get the itch to try stand up comedy?

I’ve always had the urge to start stand-up and I’ve always loved stand-up comedy. I used to play ‘stand-up comedian’ with my friends when I was younger. During the pandemic I had to isolate myself for two weeks to go back to PEI so I decided to take this online comedy writing course. At the end of the course there was a Zoom comedy show and it went really well and the rest is history!

What’s your most memorable experience from your time doing stand-up comedy?

I did an outdoor patio show. It was my first paid gig and I was so excited. And for 90 per cent of my set a car horn went off during it. The audience is all looking around trying to figure out if it’s their car and it goes on so long that I can’t just.. wait for it to be over. So I just… tell my jokes to the beautiful background of a honking horn. It made me feel really legitimate though, because that horn honking was also my very first heckler!

Most comics are totally different from their on-stage persona. Are you the same person on and off stage?

No! Ms. Avery and Andrea are two different people. Very different.

How does it feel to come back to Slave Lake and perform in front of former colleagues, parents and possibly even students?

Slave Lake is one of my favourite places in the whole world so I’m super excited to perform there on December 2nd! I am nervous to perform in front of colleagues, parents, and possibly students but hey… I’m not your teacher anymore!

Laugh your Bells Off is perfect for a date night, ladies’ night out or small business Christmas party. As of this writing, tickets are over 60 per cent sold. Individual tickets and tables can be purchased at

Former EGW teacher Andrea Avery

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