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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My Material Works In L.A. Here Is The Proof

Sometimes in life, people will not help you. They don’t see your wins as their wins. They will do everything they can to beat you down and try to suck the life out of something you are passionate about. I know firsthand, because it has happened, and is still happening to me this day, 5.5 years into stand-up comedy. The local comedy community does not support me and has not done a single thing to help me. They have not given me opportunity to do anything outside of the open mics. No out of town shows. No paid gigs. No corporate or fundraisers. I cut the widest swath of any local comedian on social media. How many other comedians in this province are on their own website (which is always current), Facebook (2 fan pages), Twitter (2 accounts), Instagram and...

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Matching Wits With Dim Wits

Wednesday nights are done.  I won’t be going back to do Wednesday open mics anymore.  After two weeks ago, why should I submit myself to be disrespected by the host and trashed by a fellow comedian when I have done nothing to deserve such treatment? Have you ever had somebody rain on your parade constantly, no matter how good you try to be to the other person?  You just go about your day and do the right thing, while you get teased, picked on, slandered and bullied all the time?  Well, that’s what I am subjected to every Wednesday night, up until two weeks ago. A friend of mine came to watch and I told her about the way I get treated on stage.  She said “I’ve heard you tell me stories, but I never knew how bad it was until I saw it for...

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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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Andy, Andie & The “F” Word In Comedy

I decided a while back that it’s best for me to not make Facebook posts about my social life, at least in regards to dating.  If I make any reference about dating it will be on stage.  Instead of writing new material about the good and the bad from the week in Trevor’s dating world (though more good than bad), it reminded me of one of my favourite movies.  It brings up the “f” word and how it relates to my comedy now, at this point in my life. Yes, that word known as feelings.  Emotion is what you communicate to the audience, but feelings are what comes from the comics inside that make the emotions real. Structure in your material is key, as are laugh triggers and knowing the different comedy styles.  But the one thing that ties it all...

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