OK, so I know the last blog was all ranty, but I’ve gotta say… BLAHHHH! I miss the creative atmosphere of Toronto! I miss the supportive people I’ve met and worked/studied with and who’ve taught me, I miss…dagnabbit, I miss SCHOOL! It’s hard to be away from the action, even though there is some action elsewhere. For example, I managed to get a spot on Absolute Ottawa’s Open Mic night on Monday, January 3rd at 8pm. Anybody expecting to attend should buy tickets in advance. Apparently they sell out quick on amateur nights.
For those of you who read this and are interested in attending, keep your expectations of me low.
I recently watched Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedian.” Unlike most of my school colleagues, I’m an old fart and it takes me forever to get around to watching things they all rave about, it’s probably because I don’t have the patience for YouTube, which is kindof ironic considering how it caters to this ADD generation of people who get distracted at the first sign of oooooh look, something shiny!
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, the point is, I loved it. It showed me what I wanted to hear, which is: work freaking hard, never stop going to clubs or you’ll lose it and there are no guarantees, so keep working fucking hard. All the motivational speakers at Humber have been like: “Oh, my success just happened upon be by luck,” or “I was at the right place at the right time!” or “a clan of leprechauns stuck four-leaf clovers up my ass and danced a jolly jig and poof, I became rich!.” This film was a more honest and a little gritty perspective on doing what needs to be done if you want to be a stand-up comic.
I also didn’t get to talk about the two sets I did before Christmas, at Yuk’s and at the Korova Milkbar, put on by my roommate and her buddy. Both of which, I am proud to say, contained new “Seasonal” material, which seems to fly well at both shows. It was encouraging and really fun to put something pertinent together with a Holiday theme.
I’m currently in Ottawa and, despite the free time on my hands, am finding it exceptionally difficult to accomplish the tasks that have been asked of me over the Holiday season. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get back to it, because Lord knows I won’t be in the mood on New Years Eve, New Years Day (as I’ll be recovering), January 2nd – one of my best buds’ wedding days or the day after that (as I’ll once again be recovering.) But I’ve promised my Ottawa hosts cheesecake, and that might take up a bit of my time… so we’ll see…cheesecake is delicious, after all. But is it more tasty than song parody? Probably. I’m gonna go with probably.