This Ain’t No Sex Tape

Many comedians share the same personality traits, regardless whether or not you’re in Los Angeles or Saskatoon. We have this inherent need to be liked, loved, or this need to seek approval from large groups of people. We aren’t the most confident bunch and we fail lots.  Most importantly, once a comedian figures out how to write once they find their voice, they have the unique ability to take any situation in life, whether it be personal or something in the world and put a unique comedic slant on it. The other characteristic that most comedians around these parts (at least) share is an interesting one. Most of them don’t like to be taped. Most won’t record themselves either. I have had a few comedians give me grief, nervously inquiring if...

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The Silent Majority

Do you know what the three big differences are between myself and Irish Steve? I have never been a joke thief. Whenever I meet adversity in my comedy career, I actually meet it head-on instead of running away and hiding. He can write a status update about getting the sniffles and have that post flooded with comments. He does a Facebook live video and it gets dozens of views.  I went to Los Angeles, then drove 5.5 hours to Oakland for a comedy competition.  It reached 220 people, and had 127 views.  Only 2 comments, and only a couple people watched it live. The issue I’m having is about my last post.  It was dated on May 30th, a day after I got back from Los Angeles.  Usually after I post there is a spike in the readership levels for a couple of days.  On...

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Comedy Oakland Competition – A Dramady In 3 Parts

Part 1 – The Drive The day of the competition I was a bit apprehensive about driving in Los Angeles, let alone driving on the California highway in middle of the night.  I was told to leave by 11:00 a.m. to get there for 7:00 p.m. in Oakland.  But, surprisingly, even though it was a long weekend in California, the traffic was unbelievably smooth.  There were maybe ten minutes of slow going, if that. What started out as a six lane freeway soon narrowed down to a two lane, divided highway that started a few miles outside of Los Angeles.  The first thing I noticed is how the speed limit signs should be renamed to read “suggested speed” only.  I was going 130km/h at times and was passed like I was standing still.  But, I must say that the drive...

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I’d Like To Order No Fear From The Menu

Well, the second night in Los Angeles was the first time doing open mics in California. After my first two performances, it’s nice to know that it can’t get any worse. I was told to use Über by Jerry to get to Burbank, bit I’m kinda old school. I prefer a taxi. Well, taxi cabs here might as well be run by the Mafia. For example, they charge $40 right off the bat if your trip originates from the airport. In calculating my trip to Flappers I was told it would be over $60. Tried to use Über but because I have a pay-as-you-go cellphone, once I cross the border the signal shuts off. Über required a phone number. I got one from a texting app, but it wasn’t recognized by the system. So, I did what any adventurous Canadian who doesn’t get...

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A Comedic Quickie In 1,289 Words

In two weeks from Saturday, I will have left Oakland, California and drive back to Los Angeles after the nightly comedy competition at the most popular comedy club in the (San Francisco/Oakland) Bay Area, according to Yelp. For those of you who are unaware, I got myself roped into a nightly comedy competition in Oakland.  It’s held in the upstairs of the Spicy Monkey restaurant, which usually holds between 50 – 75 people and every night is just about full. Eight comedians get only four minutes each.  It’s all based on audience votes.  Eight comics in the first round, then half the field moves to round two, and half of that field will move on to round 3 of the finals.  Prize money is guaranteed once you make it to round two, and the winner gets...

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Taking God At His Word

There have been times where comedy gets extremely frustrating, discouraging and demoralizing for me.  This is especially true when it seems like everyone else around me receives opportunities to do different things in comedy, while I sit on the sidelines. Family support is zero, and has been that way from day one.  They never talk about it, and if I do, they get negative and try to demoralize me.  Friends coming out to watch a show are about as rare as me getting a date.  Lots of people follow me online, but maybe just once or twice in the last two years has anybody bothered to come out and support me live. I feel like I receive the least amount of support from the comedy community and from comedy audiences here in the city.  If you gave the same opportunity to...

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