One of our bucket list items has always been to visit British Columbia, or specifically Skookumchuk Narrows near Egmont. And for the past month we’ve been slowly making our way to Skook via tha cities and towns that make up the western coast of BC. We’ve hiked and kayaked and climbed and even played some pick up family games of soccer and football. All this outside family fun left us wanting for a little culture, a little adult time. We found it at the Giggle Dam in Port Coquitlam, BC.
My husband Dan and I make it a point to spend some alone time together every week, outside of the RV, away from our beloved kids who, despite their “beloved” moniker, have been known to drive us nuts! While camping is the bread and butter of our travels, it’s also lovely to get dressed up and go out. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I have nice shoes and actually own lipstick! Typically we go out to eat, maybe have a few drinks and take a hike or whatever the area affords.
But, we were looking for something different. We were in BC, after all, on a killer road trip tour. We didn’t want to settle for dinner and a movie. I scoured the Internet looking for something that would be out of the ordinary that would be fun for Dan and me, as well as for Grady, Brody and Kady, three of our four oldest kids.
The name alone intrigued me. The Giggle Dam. I googled it and checked out their website. And after reading the following, I was in.
“For 10 years ‘The DAM’ has been the best kept entertainment secret in the lower mainland. Think of Saturday Night Live … with DINNER. Think of a rock concert … with DINNER. Think of a mind-blowing, 4-hour blend of politically incorrect, interactive LIVE musical comedy, an eight piece LIVE show band and LIVE Vegas-worthy celebrity impersonations…with DINNER. We’re different. We’re the only one. We have way too much fun. We are the best entertainment value in town. You should join us.”
I love comedy. Like nowadays, I won’t even watch a movie if it’s not funny … too much drama, too much everything in real life. I like an escape and I love to laugh a ton! I also love to eat. And I love music, like rock concerts, so what wasn’t there for me to love about the Giggle Dam?
Further, it meant we’d be doing something unexpected, and when I brought it up with Dan and the adult “kids,” they were all stoked.
The name of the show was, “Modern Love: Mating, Dating and Procreating.”
Given the fact that we brought our adult kids, Grady, Brody and Kady, I was actually slightly worried about the direction the show would go. I mean, who can blame me, really? What passes for comedy these days is quite risqué and at time grotesque! Even some PG-13 movies are banned from our home.
To be fair, I expected it to be somewhat inappropriate, but not overly so. I remember scouring the billing on the Giggle Dam website and reading very carefully the following:
“Love. It’s supposed to be a simple thing. It starts with a glance then maybe a greeting and then … the terrifying thought of a first DATE. From the horrendous to the hilarious, and from Tinder to terrible, love has always had its share of sideways and The Giggle Dam has decided it’s high time to inject some humour into the quest that touches everyone at some point in their lives … finding true love. Cupid used to shoot an arrow, now he just bulk sends emojis. Join us as we plug in our password and take the plunge into Match Dot Wrong.”
What could go wrong, right?
Actually, it sounded like it had the potential to be incredibly funny, for all of us. And it was. I can’t say I worried needlessly as the humor teetered on the brink, never fully taking the plunge into utter distastefulness, but rather, dabbling and retreating. Definitely adult content, that gratefully appeared to go over the head of my sweet daughter.
Pre-show the cast made their way around the tables, talking to guests and learning their names, even our wait staff had our names down when taking our drink orders (did I mention the drinking age in BC is 19?). We felt invested in, like they enjoyed our company and wanted to personalize the show for us.
They also come around to the various tables asking if you were celebrating anything special as well as to inquire how you chose The Giggle Dam. When they learned we were from Colorado, the weed jokes flowed like the alcohol, smooth and fast! We joked back and forth all night; we even informed them, jokingly of course, that they could join us in the back for a quick toke!! LOL.
But, learning the names of their guests had a more sinister meaning to the cast. They weren’t just making us all feel welcome…we were their prey!
Our kids were called up on stage to dress up like the dinner choices and they had to ham it up, which was funny and adorable at the same time. Other guests were accosted in their seats or invited up to participate and it was clever and funny and politically incorrect all at the same time, again definitely adult humor. Thankfully, Dan and I remained in our seats, unbothered, the entire show!
And, just so you don’t feel totally taken advantage of, if you are called up on stage, like so many were, you are rewarded with a complimentary shot afterwards. Grady and Brody enjoyed one. Kady, on the other hand, enjoyed a shot of … water.
One of the cast members stopped by our table at the desert intermission and said, “The next part is the best, just you wait.”
I remember thinking, “Oh no, what’s next?” Again worried, because we’d managed to go about an hour without anything humiliatingly “bad” happening. But here I worried for naught. What came next absolutely blew our minds.
The cast members appeared on stage as their normal, uncostumed selves. We all looked around at each other thinking, “Holy Cow, they clean up well.” And while it was hard to correlate the various characters they had played throughout the show, with the individuals we now saw, it was harder even still to believe the amount of talent on that stage!
When they started singing tribute songs by various artists from Miley Cyrus to Pat Benetar to Michael Jackson and Beyonce’, truly we couldn’t believe our ears! Suffice it to say, it was incredible, amazing and these cast members should have record deals! Good grief, they were incredible. They even passed muster with our kids – not an easy musical feat.
The Giggle Dam is definitely worth the $57 dinner/show fee! It is an adult show, with adult humour and content … choose your guests wisely!! If you are offended easily, go elsewhere!
PH: 604-9GIGGLE (604-944-4453)
Friday & Saturday Shows – 6:30 PM
Sunday Shows – 4:30 PM
$57 per person + TAX
2616 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, B.C.