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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The Future Of The Stand-Up Diaries

There are some comedians who have radio shows in the province.  There are some that have podcasts.  But I write Saskatchewan’s only comedy blog, and in the coming weeks I will be releasing Saskatchewan’s only comedy podcast about comedy.  Comedians interviewing comedians about comedy. As I have been made aware by my IT guy, there is a lot to putting together a podcast.  At this time I am unsure of a name for the show and whether or not it will be on a separate website, or if it will be added as a tab on the homepage of this very blog. However, there are two things I can tell you for sure.  No, make that three. The first three guests have been finalized.  I cannot give you any hints as to the identity of the first three guests just yet.  Myself, along...

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Fooling Yourself

In his comedy e-book, Jerry Corley states that only two percent of all comedians who read his book and apply it will have success. I am not in that two percent. I work harder than just about any comic in this province, certainly in Saskatoon, when it comes to putting in the work behind the scenes. In fact, since I’ve been working with my comedy coach, I would guess that for every hour I have been on stage, I’ve spent at least 3 to 5 hours writing and rehearsing. I do not believe any other comic in the city that’s serious about their comedy understands this point. Natural ability will only get you so far in life. There comes a point where you commit to not making excuses, roll up your sleeves and get to work. So why don’t other comedians...

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Lessons and Material Straight From God

It sounded like a great idea. There was a “Connect” group at the church I attend prayer clinics at. They were getting together on Saturday night to watch the newest DVD release of Tim Hawkins, one of the most successful comedians going today. A Christian comedian. I had no idea who he was, but I heard plenty about him. When people asked what I did, I mentioned stand-up. Upon hearing this, their eyes lit up and asked me if I knew who Tim Hawkins was. They didn’t ask about me or my comedy style. For them, when it came to comedy, only one name mattered. That’s pretty good brand recognition. The organizer of the night didn’t think he would get many people out, considering the fact there is a prayer clinic on Thursday and a regular...

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Remembering Roger

Did you know that there are some similarities between politicians and comedians?  Working on your professional image is a 24/7 job, your public life may become exposed, you need to stick to your talking points on stage if possible, prepare & rehearse and probably the most important similarity of them all.  In order to win over the audience, they need to connect with you on a human level and see you as your authentic self. Roger Parent, the MLA for Saskatoon-Meewasin was that authentic guy. For those of you who may not know the back story, I entered provincial politics in the mid-2000s.  That is when I first met Roger, as there was a party policy meeting at a downtown hotel.  He was the president of the riding, and I was excited yet intimidated to be in the...

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Bury The Garbage. Now Walk Away. Keep Walking.

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, things were drastically different for me.  I tried to jump start a relationship, and my plans to go to the USA were on hold due to a serious personal issue.  Needless to say, I wasn’t in the mood to do comedy, much less anything else.  By the end of November of 2015 I was beyond gassed both physically and emotionally. Fast forward exactly one year later and what a difference a year makes.  I have booked my trip to head to Los Angeles and with a positive outlook and a clear head, it’s been easier to write material for both the Carnac character and for my regular stand-up sets too. This summer was definitely the worst and the most disappointing in recent memory, aside from the garden and dinner...

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