Dufours taking their comedy shows on the road

 

Leo and Diane Dufour, owners of Leo’s Komedy Korner at Place Concorde in Windsor, are taking comedy shows on the road, including stops in Amherstburg and McGregor.

Leo and Diane Dufour, owners of Leo’s Komedy Korner at Place Concorde in Windsor, are taking comedy shows on the road, including stops in Amherstburg and McGregor.

By Ron Giofu

 

Leo Dufour and his wife Diane are travelling around Essex County this summer to make people laugh.

“We own the Komedy Korner in Windsor and we are taking it on the road,” Leo explained. “It’s summer and business kind of slows down in the summer as far as the comedy club business goes. We figured if they’re not coming to us, we are going to go to them.”

Diane added, “we’re coming to a road near you.”

Leo said they have booked a series of locations around the county, including Rosa’s in LaSalle this Saturday and Aug. 23, La Rocca in McGregor July 25 and Shooter’s Roadhouse Aug. 22. La Rocca is charging $10 to get in but it’s a $20 ticket at Shooter’s as they will be offering dinner as well.

“A lot of people are adding a dinner to make it a dinner show,” said Diane.

The Shooter’s show will feature touring performers Kevin Kramis and Keith Lenart. Leo headlines all shows.

“We feature a three-man show. I headline the show. I do about an hour,” said Dufour.

Leo pointed out he is a lifelong resident of Amherstburg and his show at Shooter’s will be based on his experiences here.

“A lot of my show is a lot of local humour that I think people will really appreciate,” he said.

Other stops on the tour include Jake’s Joint in west Windsor and the Windsor Sportsmen’s Club.

“This is a new venture for us,” said Diane.

“If anyone is interested and would like to have a comedy show, we’d like to come to a road near you,” said Leo.

Leo added they still do events out of Place Concorde, where Leo’s Komedy Korner is based, and said that upwards of 150 people can be accommodated there. He said that he and Diane have been in the comedy business since January 1979 and that he has performed all over North America.

“I’ve performed over 6,000 live performances,” said Leo.

He has also started teaching stand-up comedy, as he is the instructor of an eight-hour course offered through St. Clair College’s continuing education department. The courses run four hours over two Sundays with the next course being taught at the main campus Oct. 19 and 26. Leo said there were 20 students in the class last year with the classroom at the main campus set up like a club. There were also opportunities for students to perform live at the college’s pub in the main campus.

“As it gets going, they really get into it,” said Leo, adding that he has instructed people ranging from a 16-year-old autistic boy to a 75-year-old man.

“Anyone can try it,” he said.

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