Six minutes at the Comedy Cave

LyleBateman-ComedyCave-29Jan2008-captureTuesday night I was invited back down to the Comedy Cave for my second guest spot on their stage. Like last time, the crowd was amazing, and the room was very comfortable. The headliner this week is the amazing Sugar Sammy, a Canadian with East-Indian descent who’s edgy humour had the crowd rolling. Terry Hollas is the host for this week, and the opening act on Tuesday was an improv troupe called the ImproManiacs. The order was a bit different than I first expected, as the ImproManiacs went up first and did 20 minutes or so of improv, while I took the “middle” spot in the show with a quick set just before Sugar Sammy took the stage. I was kind of surprised by the format at first, but it worked into a very smooth show that probably flowed better than it would have if the improv had broken up the stand-up sets. Good call Terry.

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Stand-Up Against Spinal Cord Injury

2008Jan28-CMN-StandUpAgainstSpinalCordImjury 236Monday Jan 28th, Comedy Monday Night transformed itself into a charity gala, to raise money for the Canadian Paraplegic Association. As opposed to the usual “open mic” format of CMN, this past Monday was an all-star gala starring Kevin Stobo, and featuring Stan Thompson as well as the most illustrious alumni of Comedy Monday Night. Dickens was decked out in dark table cloths and fancy dress, and even though the temperatures outside were well below frigid, a huge crowd turned out for the hot comedy inside. There was one “usual” feature of CMN that survived for the gala, the excellent review by Kerry Raz, and so I won’t bother to re-review the show here … check it out for a very thorough review of the night’s entertainment.

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Paul Kuster, on “Indian Time” at the Stavely Hotel

LyleBatemanAmyTrofimukPaulKusterI had a chance to step out a bit this past Saturday night when I traveled back to my hometown of Stavely, Alberta for a show at the Stavely Hotel. I lived in Stavely from 1969-1976, from age 3 almost to age 10, and I took my grades 1-3 at Stavely Elementary. It was really fun to have a chance to see the town again … Main Street looks oddly the same, even though very few buildings have the businesses I remember in them. Basically, only the Hotel, Town Hall, and Post Office are the same as when I lived there, but yet the street still has a sense of sameness.

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… works in Absurd and Ironic ways …

The more I look at the world, the more I think God must have a supreme sense of the absurd, and an edge of irony sharper than the sharpest razor. As my year end post for 2006, I wrote an entry on the absurdity of some of the major news events of the year, but absurdity and irony pop up in more mundane places as well. Today, one of the “big stories” on Newsworld involves the sale of some rabid puppies from a flea market in Toronto over this past weekend, and the ensuing health scare to ensure anyone who had contact with the puppies got medical attention. Initially, it seemed to be a pretty normal story about a local health crisis.

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A long and windy road

2008Jan21-Dickens 070Its been a pretty full week so far, and a lot of fun. From Pauly Shore on Saturday night, I was back home for a day to rest a bit, then right back at it again in Calgary with two more shows. As usual, I was down at Dickens Pub for Comedy Monday Night, and it was another fun night. Jane Stanton headlined the night, and she did a great job of closing out a VERY long show. Other honourable mentions towards the end of the evening go to Trent McClellan, and Chris Gordon for his wonderful method of dispatching Betty the Heckler. Other highlights of the night were Katryna Chan’s decision to try and fill the niche that Julia Stretch’s departure will leave in the Calgary comedy scene by turning gay, Mike Tod’s impressions, and Julia herself also dealing with our friend Betty. I took the chance to try out some new material, and there were quite a few other comics on the line-up for the night. Kerry’s original blog was lost in the ether, but there’s a very nice highlight form of the whole night posted here.

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Rockin’ the Firehall … Pauly Shore live at LBN

LyleBateman-DagAustin-StephanieFoley @ LBN Lethbridge for Pauly Shore LiveI think I’ve had the best night of my comedy career so far. It’s one thing to play a sold-out show … it’s another all together to play two in a row. And its another level again when the crowd energy is as high as it was last night. Crowd response for both shows was phenomenal, but the crowd for the late show was one of the rowdiest I’ve ever seen, and the energy level was incredible.

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Tuesday at the Comedy Cave

Its been a busy week. Along with finalizing the plans for the Pauly Shore show in Lethbridge on Saturday, I had a chance to step onto the Comedy Cave stage for the first time, with a 5 minute guest spot. I must say, I enjoyed the experience immensely. The headliner this week, Jason Robinson from Arkansas, rocked the house with his unique brand of southern charm.  I’m still chuckling over the “bruncle” bit. Also on the show were Donovan Deschner as MC, and Terry Hollas doing the middle spot

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