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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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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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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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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Either You Have It, Or You Don’t?

I was watching an interview of a famous comedian.  I enjoyed watching the interview until I heard those words again. either you got it, or you don’t click (yes, I actually used a t.v. remote) There are a lot of different personality types that attempt stand-up.  Some are really nervous, self conscious and piss-your-pants scared when they first start out.  Their jokes die a slow death more often than not.  But over time they stick with it, and become better.  The associations become more crisp and clearly defined.  They sucked at the beginning but as time went on they got better at their craft and experienced success.  Does this mean they were born with it even though they weren’t good at the start? You hear a lot of stories from comics about how they...

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