Leland Klassen of Abbotsford stars in the film Extraordinary, which will be screened at Gateway Church on Monday.

Leland Klassen of Abbotsford stars in the film Extraordinary, which will be screened at Gateway Church on Monday.

Local stand-up comic plays lead in new film

Leland Klassen gets serious in Extraordinary; screening on Monday in Abbotsford

The screening of a movie starring Abbotsford stand-up comedian Leland Klassen takes place Monday, Nov. 27.

The showing of the film Extraordinary starts at 7 p.m. at Gateway Christian Reformed Church (2884 Gladys Ave.) in Abbotsford.

The film was shot last year in Virginia and is based on a true story about ultra-marathon running legend Dr. David Horton, his wife Nancy and their attempt to finish their marriage race well.

It marks the first lead dramatic role for Klassen, a Christian comic known for his physical humour about family life, the foibles found in everyday situations and a unique personal upbringing.

Klassen has headlined clubs across Canada and the U.S. and has been featured on numerous TV and radio programs, including hosting 170 episodes of Popcorn TV.

In Extraordinary, Klassen plays the role of Horton, whose family pays a high price for his years of competitive running.

The film depicts how, after Horton’s open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, his wife is ready for him to hang up his racing shoes for good and focus his boundless energy on his family.

Instead, Horton – feeling called by God to “inspire people one last time” – sets off on a 2,900-mile race across America.

The movie also stars Shari Rigby, Karen Abercrombie and Kirk Cameron. It was created and produced by Liberty University’s film program.

Tickets for the screening are $12 at the door or $10 in advance online at itickets.com. Klassen will be in attendance at the event.

Extraordinary will be available on DVD and digital HD starting Dec. 19.