The Late Show with Angelico Babii

Elron Priestman at the Chuckling PriestmanMonday May 5th, I filmed a segment for the SL Late Show with Angelico Babii (for SLTV). The show was taped live at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub in “Dublin in SL“. Its an amazing sim, and a beautiful little pub, created by Ham Rambler. The Blarney Stone is a recreation of an actual pub in Dublin, and the entire sim is intended to be as faithful a recreation of Dublin as is possible in a place like Second Life. I’d been to the Blarney Stone a few times before, but this was the first time I’d ever performed there. Joining me on this episode of the Late Show was the Blarney Stone’s, and Dublin in SL creator, Ham Rambler, as well as SL and RL author Madddyyy Schnook and SL music star Rich DeSoto.

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New content at GAS … First Life, Second Life, Third Life, more

Elron-SL-poster-02By Lyle Bateman
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

My comedy and geek sides have been meshing a bit more lately. About a month ago, I popped into Second Life again, after trying it a couple of times a year or so ago and giving up on it. At the time I first signed up, the interface was very primitive, and truth be told, I was never able to quite “see the point” of the game. However, as my comedy career has unfolded over the past year or so, I’ve been thinking more and more of trying to find a venue online where I can showcase some of my work. YouTube and MySpace are fine for videos, but there aren’t a whole lot of places where you can easily do a “live show” online as well as easily generate an audience for the show.

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Swinging from the rafters, SL style …

Snapshot_060There are obviously a lot of differences between doing shows for a virtual crowd in Second Life and doing shows for a real crowd at a place like Dickens, but one of the similarities is that you can almost always find some humour in the crowd itself. One of the things that makes SL unique, however, is that the crowd is largely limited only by its imagination, and I end up seeing a few rather odd things at my shows. The picture that leads this entry off was taken while performing at Last Laugh Virtual Comedy Club on Saturday night, and close examination will show three of my audience members hanging upside down from the ceiling. While I can’t say that never happens at Dickens’ shows, we usually don’t get people swinging from the chandeliers until well after the show is over, and more often than not, its comics doing the swinging, not the audience.

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Elron and Chuckling in SL

Elron Priestman in front of Last Laugh Comedy Club ChucklingDarwin-01-23Feb2008 The view from the SL stage

This past Saturday I did my first full show in Second Life. I have a regular gig on Saturday nights at the Last Laugh Comedy Club, and Feb 23rd marked the first incarnation of that. My good friend from Dickens, Derek Sweet, popped in under the guise of Chuckling Darwin, his SL persona, to help me open the show, and we ended up having a great crowd turn out. Derek and I both joked that the crowd at Last Laugh was about twice the size of what we often get in RL at Dickens or at the Laugh Shop, one of Calgary’s other RL clubs.

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Elron Priestman performs in Second Life

Elron Priestman on stage at Last LaughSecond Life Show Poster for Elron Priestman / Lyle BatemanWhen I first started in the stand up comedy thing, the world was a different place. The time was 1991, and very few average people even had cell phones. The internet was a small-time network that was hard to navigate and contained little content, and was over shadowed by “Bulliten Board systems” like AOL and Compuserve in the “online world.” The idea of bringing multi-media attachments to aid your comedy show was a virtual impossibility, with laptops whose harddrives were a fraction of the size of the RAM in many laptops today. In general, in 1991, doing anything other than standing on stage talking to the audience was a very difficult technical challenge, while today, the incredible increase in computer and communication power means that there are things we can do on stage, relatively easily, that simply would have been inconceivable in 1991.

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I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you …

2008Feb11-CMN-GCLO 037The preliminary round of the Great Canadian Laugh Off has come and gone, and unfortunately, I didn’t advance to the next round. The competition was very fierce, and I feel like I had a pretty good set, but I have no issues with the final result. The three people who were selected to advance put on very solid shows, and the young lady chosen as the “winner” of the night, Tara Scott, put on an inspired performance, especially given she is so very new to the local comedy scene.

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Another aspiring philosopher comic

I don’t usually talk about “comics” who’s show I’ve never seen on here, never mind a “comic” who has not yet set foot on a stage, but I will most certainly make an exception for Steve Gimbel. Regular readers of View from the Edge might remember that Steve is the philosophy professor from Gettysburg College whose blog I regularly follow and sometimes comment on. There’s no question I read Steve for his keen philosophical insight on a variety of issues, but one of the things that has always drawn me to him is his keen sense of comedy. One of the regular features on his blog is a series of “Comedist” posts which are the closest thing I’ve found anywhere to a “philosophy of comedy.”

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