Almost Viral

One of the places I post my videos online is over at YouTube. For the most part, my YouTube page is fairly low-profile … I get a few hits from people looking for me, but not a ton of general traffic. In recent days, however, there has been one notable exception, my “modified” theme to Spiderman. Its always been my most viewed clip, but in the last 3 weeks or so, my hits have almost doubled to over 1100 for it, and it seems to be gathering momentum.

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Strange Days Indeed …

This past Monday was the third week of preliminaries for the Alberta edition of the Great Canadian Laugh Off. I was in Calgary for some other things, and figured I’d pop in to check out the show, even though I’d been eliminated from the competition the previous week. Several of my friends and acquaintances were on the bill for Feb 18th, including Lori Gibbs, Kelly D’Amour, Katryna Chan, and Jenny Wynter, and I was happy to be able to show support for them, and check out the show as a whole. It turned out to be both enjoyable and surreal.

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The Great Canadian Laugh Off – Preliminary Rounds

Yuk Yuk's Laugh Off LogoThis coming Monday, Feb 11th 2008, I’ll be doing my set for the preliminary round of the Great Canadian Laugh Off. Sponsored by Yuk Yuk’s, the Alberta preliminaries are being held at Dickens through the month of January, in place of the regular Comedy Monday Night show. There are three preliminary rounds, with the top three from each night advancing to the final round on Feb 25th. The first preliminary round ran this past Monday, on Feb 4th, and I’d like to extend my congratulations to Amanda Perrin, Dan Guiry, and Chris Gordon for advancing to the final round. Hopefully, I’ll see you guys in the finals on the 25th.

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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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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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Another year of Comedy Monday Night

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January 8th, 2008 marked the first edition of Comedy Monday Night for the year, and as usual, it was loads of fun. There was a huge line up of comics for the show, perhaps the longest line up I’ve seen at Dickens. By the end of the night, we’d seen no fewer than 17 comics on stage, ranging in experience from first-timers to the Dickens stage, right up to seasoned pros. In addition to seeing some old friends for the first time this year, I also had a chance to catch a few shows I’d never seen before, and I’m glad I did.

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A Dickens of a good time …

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As I’ve often said, the beauty of Comedy Monday Night at Dickens is the mystery involved. Its a bit of a risk, for sure, given that when you walk through the door, you never know who you’ll see, or perform with, that night. It all depends on which comics decide to come down, of course, and as with any risk, it doesn’t ALWAYS pay off, but when it does, it can pay off in amazing ways. Witness the lineup for December 10th, 2007. Depending on your definitions, there may very well have been a dozen bona-fide headliners in the crowd and on the stage this past Monday.

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