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Laughing along with Ron Kanutski

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Stand-up comedian and former Dryden resident Ron Kanutski performed at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation last week. Photo by Michael Christianson
Stand-up comedian and former Dryden resident Ron Kanutski performed at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation last week.
Photo by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

What do you get when you cross an impersonation of Arnold Schwarzenegger and an impersonation of Kokom answering the phone? Stand up comedian Ron Kanutski.

Kanutski has been touring his backyard of northern Ontario recently on his ‘Duck and Dive’ tour and made a stop into Dryden on March 16. Kanutski brought his own brand of comedy to the Dryden Native Friendship Centre.

“I’m kind of going at my own pace so it’s been really nice,” said Kanutski. “Visiting the more remote places in Ontario and throughout Canada, not getting the big theatre halls yet I’m earning my stripes. You never know where you’re playing next like, at a donut shop near you. Off to Quebec soon so that’ll be fun.”

Kanutski has a wide variety of jokes and acts ranging from family to adult material. The crowd at the friendship centre was smaller and younger than he anticipated so the family friendly show slowly turned more adult as the night went on.

Kanutski’s variety of impersonations stood out during the show, including pow wow callers of different nationalities. Kanutski’s talents extended beyond to prop comedy and more personal stories, some of which just ended up being long elaborate setups for a final punch line.

Kanutski was happy to play at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre and with two decades of sobriety under his belt he held his head high and made the crowd laugh.

Kanutski says he has more recently broke into the United States playing shows at casinos and more corporate settings saying he prefers it to performing in clubs.

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