My Blog is Now Just a Blog

Ok, so I got a little excited lately, trying to do all this weird wacky promotional stuff on this site that was originally intended just to be a blog about my experiences in comedy.

So I want to make it clear that this blog has gone back to what it was originally; AN BLOGUE.

If you were using this site to find out where and when I was doing shows (which you weren’t) you can now check out briewatson.com for that.

Hopefully this will encourage me to do more blog and writy stuff.

Thanks for being OK with change.

 

What If?

I know there’s not a lot of money in improv. I know it’s something you do because you love it. And I also know I’m lucky to know a group of people who love it enough to have become so good at it I can barely contain myself when watching them perform.

Tonight, I got to play with these people. Well, a percentage of these people. A hand-picked group of these great make-em-uppers. And it was kindof like an out-of-body experience in that I had to remind myself from time to time that I was on stage and part of the performance, as well as experiencing the joy from watching this stuff done really, really well in a really cool way.

Thank you Chris, Pete, Sharjil, Candace, Christian, Colin, Chelsea & Gill for helping me turn this idea into one of the most fun shows I’ve ever experienced EVER, ANYWHERE.

Thanks to Gary & Comedy Bar for the Festival of New Formats being a thing.

Man, I hope we get to do this again.

 

Daphney

It was so fun to get to interview my friend Daphney Joseph on Nick and my recent Constant Struggle episode. She and I have had some great chats in the past when we were NOT being recorded, so I knew be very valuable to have her come and chat to us in a conversation we could share with the whole world! (Or mostly Canada and the US, to be honest. Some people in the UK too…one or two Australians as well.)

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She and I are both French Canadian, but from two different francophone communities. Montreal and Welland are pretty much worlds apart in terms of French culture, but somehow the language has the ability to bring people together in this country.  So much so that we’re now both playing LNI-style improv with Les Improbables, the popular French-language improv group in Toronto. This style of improv is the first kind of improv either of us learned, since both of us went to French language schools growing up, and this is pretty well the most popular form of improv among French-speakers worldwide.

Check out what Daphney has to say about francophonie and SO much more in our latest episode of The Constant Struggle.

Download this episode (right click and save)

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Blocked!

Nick and I recorded another episode of our podcast last weekend while we were home for my Mom’s birthday. It’s been nice to have a regular check-in the help keep up accountable to the projects we hope to be creating.

I’m in a bit of a funk today. I’m letting things bring me down that I shouldn’t. I feel this weird anger because I can’t convey enough how important improv is to me and how crazy into it I want to get and be, but realizing how little that matters to any decision-makers at the  end of the day, even if they’re not the reason I’m as into it as I am. I feel I’m not prioritizing the right things. I feel the FOMO, or more specifically a FOBeingLeftO. I feel all the feels.

Nick recently got out of his bout of Writer’s Block grumpiness so I’m sure my weird state of being will pass too. But still. Bleeeeugh.

But if you’re so inclined, you can take a listen to the chat we had over the weekend, when I wasn’t being a grumpy bugger.

Enjoy!

New Episode of the Constant Struggle featuring Alex Wong!

Our new episode of The Constant Struggle podcast features actor & improviser Alex Wong. Click on the images below to find our more about his awesome acting journey and his cool new webseries “In Real Life”:

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COMPLIMENTARY IMPROV & SKETCH TROUPE SOCIAL MEDIA PRO TIP

Go to your troupe’s Facebook “Page”.
Wait. Your troupe doesn’t have a page?

Make them a page. Right now.

Good, your troupe now has a page.

Now, go to your troupe’s “Page” and click on the “About” tab.

If not all the members of your troupe are listed in this tab, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

Sincerely,

A producer who books improv and sketch troupes

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New Episode of The Constant Struggle Featuring The Dandies’ Dale Wells

Our latest episode of The Constant Struggle podcast is up and this time, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dale Wells, improviser and co-founder of The Dandies & Holodeck Follies.

http://theconstantstruggle.podbean.com/e/e12-follow-your-passion-with-dale-wells/

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Dale speaks about the benefits and challenges producing live comedy shows in Toronto. We talk about the history of Star Trek improv in the city, about geek culture, and about his show; Holodeck Follies, kicking butt at this year’s FanExpo. Dale and Nick chat about what it’s like to be a Dad artist with a day job. We bring up his love of singing and the various ways in which improv can bring joy to your life.

What a positive guy!

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With GREAT shout-outs to:
ANDIE WELLS
NATASHA BOOMER
ROB ARISS HILLS
THE 404s
GARY PEARSON
MARK LITTLE
KEN HALL
ALAN LEIGHTIZER
TODD VAN ALLEN (COMEDY ABOVE THE PUB)
GILLIAN ENGLISH &
TODD GRAHAM
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 Be sure to follow The Dandies on Twitter @TorontoDandies & catch the next edition of #HolodeckFollies at Geek Hard Live!
#StruggleOn everybody!