My Comedy Resume

My Comedy Resume

Lyle Bateman @ Comedy Monday Night, Dickens PubIts been almost a year now since I jumped back onto the comedy stage again, and I figured its time to start moving forward in a more coherent way.  To start, I’ve taken some time to go back through my records and make a note of most of the shows I’ve done over the past year.  I’ve made up a page with most everything I’ve done this year, and I’m going to keep a running list of past and future dates there, as accurately as I can.

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New Content on GAS – TiVo in Canada

A staple for serious TV viewers in the US, the TiVo box revolutionized the way people watch TV. At least, thats what the marketing says. The reality is that it’s closer to nifty toy than a revolutionary device, but it does afford a level of control over the television experience that was previously very difficult to achieve. VCR Plus+ and a lot of video tapes, along with a good database and a lot of time might have allowed you to come close to replicating the TiVo experience of easily recording your favorite programs, and watching them in your own time and way, but the TiVo put it all under one hood and provided a product that really did enhance the experience, both for serious and casual TV watchers.

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Mounties always get their man

The title words for this post have taken on a stark new meaning in recent times in Canada. I’ve been trying to write about the Robert Dziekanski incident from Vancouver International Airport in October for a week or so now, and haven’t been able to find the right words. I’m still not sure I’ve found them, but I’ve decided to soldier on anyway.

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I’m running out of Dickens references …

… so no silly joke about Charles Dickens this time around. Last night was another session of Comedy Monday Night down at Dickens Pub, and it was a great time. There was a very large crowd turn-out for a Monday night, and an equally large turn-out of comics. It was one of the only times I’ve been down there where there wasn’t enough time to get everyone on stage. In fact, several regulars sat the night out and filled the crowd out including Steph Foley and Karen O’Keefe.

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New content at GAS … Earthrise …

EarthSet from Kaguya Lunar ProbeBy Lyle Bateman
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

I’ve been a space geek ever since I was an 8 year old kid, and spent a summer inside glued to the TV watching the Apollo-Soyuz linkup in in July 1975. I’m a little too young to have watched any of the moon landings … the last one was 1972, when I was 6, and at that time, our family didn’t have a TV set. But after catching the bug from Apollo-Soyuz, I spent the next few years learning everything I could about space travel and the Apollo program. Since that time, I’ve been a confirmed space geek, fascinated by any new developments. (continued at GAS)

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Kevin McGrath, with JP Fournier

This past weekend, I had an opportunity I don’t get much these days … the chance to spend an evening listening to comedy completely as an audience member. For the past year, almost every time I’ve been around comedy, I’ve been “working” in some sense or another, either preparing to go up, or talking about material or bookings. This past Saturday night was my company Christmas party for this year, and as a switch from previous years, the company decided to go with a dinner/comedy show at the Medicine Hat Lodge.

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Lest We Forget – a repost in honour of Remembrance Day


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Lt. Col. John McCrae

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