Comedian Cedric Newman is returning to Invermere after a six-year absence and couldn’t be happier about it.

Mr. Newman has perofrmed his act on more than 200 stages across the country, but Bud’s Bar and Lounge in Invermere remains one of his favourite places to perform.

“It was one of most exciting place I’ve played,” he said, speaking about his first show here. “The crowd was just so fun.”

Mr. Newman hadn’t even heard of Invermere the first time he came here, but was so enthused about the thought of returning that he went to the trouble of personally ensuring his Yuk Yuk’s representative in Toronto arranged the show.

“There’s no way I was going to lose this gig,” he said, adding he still recalls having to scramble to find a ride out to Invermere from Calgary for his first show here. When he finally did sort out a ride, spotting mountain goats along the drive were a highlight of the trip.

Mr. Newman was born in Jamaica, raised in Montreal and describes his comedy style as observational, with a lot of cultural references, somewhat in the vein of Russell Peters.

The show at Bud’s is part of a larger Western tour for Mr. Newman, which includes stops in Calgary and Edmonton.

Mr. Newman’s show is on Thursday, September 26th at Bud’s at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.