Comics play Legion

The evolution from redneck to “metro-neck,” and other Alberta-centric humour, will be offered up in Red Deer on Saturday by comic Paul Sveen.

The evolution from redneck to “metro-neck,” and other Alberta-centric humour, will be offered up in Red Deer on Saturday by comic Paul Sveen.

Edmonton-based Sveen, appearing at the Red Deer Legion with comedians J.P. Fournier and Tim Koslo, has been doing a lot of international touring.

“ . . . to be a complete Albertan now, you have to consider the female perspective in life,” said Sveen, whose routines view things through his wife’s eyes.

He’s pleased to be performing at the Legion, since his own father, Canadian polka king Olaf Sveen, was a Second World War veteran. After his native Norway was invaded by Nazi Germany, the senior Sveen was pulled from his soldiering duties to work as a labourer on roads projects, said his son.

“But he’d still bicycle up to the mountains whenever he could. And when he’d find British troops, he’d play polkas for them.”

Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $12 from the Legion.

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