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Spenny of 'Kenny vs Spenny' announced for JR Digs Christmas show

Canadian comedian Spencer "Spenny" Rice of Kenny vs. Spenny fame is joining the show alongside Max Kerman, Tom Wilson, Terra Lightfoot and more.
Kenny Hotz, left, and Spenny Rice spent six seasons humiliating each other in their Gemini-nominated show. (Shaw Media/Canadian Press)

After years of musical special guests at his annual Christmas charity show, local funnyman JR Digs has nabbed a new face for this year's event: Canadian comedian Spencer "Spenny" Rice of Kenny vs. Spenny fame.

Rice joins a who's who of local musicians including Max Kerman of Arkells, Terra Lightfoot and the Dinner Belles, Tom Wilson, Luke Bentham from the Dirty Nil, Mike Trebilcock from the Killjoys, Elliott Brood and The Trews for Digs' seventh annual acoustic Christmas show.

"It'll be a little bit of a surprise to see what happens when he gets up on stage – but hey, that's what Christmas is all about, right?" Digs said.

This is the seventh year Digs has hosted an acoustic fundraiser in Hamilton just before Christmas. (Brent Ross)

While previous years have featured headliners like Guess Who frontman Randy Bachman and July Talk, this year is the first to feature a comedian.

Rice is well known for six seasons on the Gemini-nominated Kenny vs Spenny show, where he often played the straight man to his friend, Kenny Hotz.

After seven years of sellout crowds at the Casbah, this is the first year the show has moved to the Bay City Music Hall to increase capacity. "We wanted to double the tickets and double the funds for charity," Digs said.

This year's charity sponsor is the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, which rescues cats, dogs, small animals and even farm animals and senior animals through a system of volunteers and foster homes.

Digs says the real selling point of the show is the sense of community among Hamilton's musicians, who often jump on and off stage with each other to play together.

"It brings people together to kick off their holiday season," he said. "There's a real sense of mutual respect there."

About 50 tickets for the show remain, and can be purchased at Ticketfly.com.

One VIP table and the last remaining seats will be auctioned off on Digs' twitter account in the days before the show.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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