October 1, 2017

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...

September 30, 2017

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...

September 30, 2017

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 b...

September 28, 2017

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 ge...

September 27, 2017

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 bit...

September 26, 2017

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 choco...

September 25, 2017

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...

September 25, 2017

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...

September 24, 2017

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 mys...

September 22, 2017

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 a...

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