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.

One added note about CMN … Monday, Jan 28th Dickens will be hosting a slightly different version of CMN. Stand Up Against Spinal Cord Injury, hosted by Dan Guiry and starring Kevin Stobo, of Global TV’s movie review’s. Rumour also has it that Brent Butt of Corner Gas may just show up for a set as well, but either way it promises to be an excellent show. Tickets are available at the door, and all proceeds will go to Canadian Paraplegic Association. Head on down to Dickens next Monday night for a great cause, and some great laughs.

Tuesday night, I was on stage at the Laugh Shop, the new name for the comedy club at the Blackfoot Inn, for the first time. Jane Stanton was down there as well, doing the MC duties, and headliner Dan Quinn closed the night out very well. Among the others at the open mic portion were Katryna Chan, Derek Sweet, Daniel Tsedey, Julia Stretch, James Moore and Dan Guiry, among others. Julia and James both had excellent sets … Julia had a wonderful riff on Katryna’s lesbian material, and James always gets a great response to his super-hero and snowboarding material. It was a lot of fun, and I’m hoping to play the room as often as I can.

I’ve got a couple of days off from performing now, and I’m back in Medicine Hat. Coming up this weekend, on Saturday Jan 26th, I’ll be at the Stavely Hotel with Amy Trofimuk and Paul Kuster, and Tuesday Jan 29th I’ll be doing another guest spot at The Comedy Cave. I’ve also submitted my name for the Great Canadian Laugh Off, sponsored by Yuk Yuk’s. The Alberta portion of the contest will be held at Dickens, and I’m really hoping to get a spot in the line-up for it. I’m sure that if I do hear anything, I’ll be posting about it here, so stay tuned for future developments.

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