New York is an absolute assault on the senses. A barrage of sounds, people, concrete and noise.
I'm staying at an Airbnb in the East Village, which should mean more to me I think. This is no tourist trap, this is real New York.
I used to have an attitude coming from Calgary to "small town" Saskatoon, I take that all back.
I find myself in a British pub during a soccer game wondering just how the hell did this happen?
And then I find a note from my wife buried deep in
It's one of the hardest parts of the job. The flights, the long car rides, the isolation, the strangers who become best friends and turn back into strangers. The road has devoured many a comedian.
Now for the record the travel for this particular show is a delight. I just passed through security with a smile so big they checked every pocket on every bag. The thrill has me wired and savoring the moment.
But comedy travel itself is a curious beast, one that must be harnesse
The amount of energy I've put into comedy in the last week and a half is more than the last 6 months. The little things like wordsmithing and fine editing, soliciting advice, reviewing tape and rehearsing. When you put that on top of my usual 65 hour work week it's a bit much.
Jerry Seinfeld is equally proud of how funny Seinfeld was, but also how hard it was to do. He takes full ownership of the challenge and feels he has earned everything he's got. And he's right trying t
I've got the set, now I'm just trimming out the unnecessary words.
I've got the room booked, now I'm figuring out the cheapest way there from the airport.
The outfits are picked, now I need to make it all fit in one carry-on
The Canadian dollar is pretty good but getting the best exchange is a trick I need to take care of tomorrow.
All these minor details, these small discounts, edits and corners that make expensive things reasonable, average sets sharp and witty and
My set list today doesn't look anything like what I imagined it would when I first got this gig. The introspection and advice have done me well and I feel I've got an accurate cross-section of who I am represented across six minutes.
The challenge is some of these bits have been in mothballs for years and the order is something new to me.
Now comes the practice. The boring, repetitive, suck the life out of the joke while you are hard-wiring it into your subconscious pract
Today I had the opportunity to do stand up at the Canadian Cancer Society Patient Lodge.
7 senior cancer patients, a brightly lit TV room, and me. Yes I bombed. Quick tip for the kids out there just getting into comedy. You know you bombed if:
A) You bring in a chocolate cake they're not supposed to have and they don't offer you a piece after the show
B) One of the ladies sets about working on the jigsaw puzzle on the table halfway through your set
But I brought a smi
I received some excellent advice. What I should be doing on the stage is what is truly original to me, what I WANT to be doing. That's where the joy comes from. Another good friend pointed out that tailoring your act to your audience can be a survival technique. I think I've been 'surviving' a little too long, a byproduct of relocating to a low population. So Gotham will be my best 6 minutes because they will be very much **MY** 6 minutes. Things have surprisingly turned a sh
I think I'm asking too much of 6 minutes. I'm thinking this 6 needs to be:
- My absolute best 6 minutes
- The 6 minutes that would make the best audition video for festivals
- The 6 minutes that will help me get the most local corporate work
- The 6 minutes that are the most original
- The 6 minutes with the most laughs Probably i should be thinking...what are the 6 minutes that I personally really WANT to do? The fact I don't know is starting to upset me I must admit.
I watched Jerry's new Netflix special last night (and again huge thanks to Melissa Murray who is not only living with the comedy focus 24/7, she's actively helping and feeding it) and I saw him do bits from over 20 years ago.
I've put far too many rules on my myself and my act. I've never done big broadcast TV or a special, so my whole 20 year act is still 'new' and completely eligible for use at this point. I made a horrible mistake early in my career listening to agents w
Sleep appears to be pushed off the map these days. I'm up every night thinking about comedy again. Working bits, watching interviews and routines. Being open to new ideas. And then I remember I have several jobs, a darling 2 year old, a perfect puppy and an absolutely adequate wife that also require and deserve time and energy. So sleep loses out in the equation. I think the entire flight and day before Gotham will be dedicated to sleep, quiet thought and summoning the energy