Bruised Egos & Window Drafts

Whoa.  It’ feels like it’s been ages since I’ve posted on this beast.  It’s difficult to work on a blog when you don’t have access to the Internet other than on your phone.  And even then, I was worried about extra charges due to excessive data usage.  But that being said, the Internet’s up and running, the cable’s up and running (which I haven’t had in like… months, so it’s a crazy huge life advancement, even though it’s only basic.  Whatevskies, I get On Demand.  That’s totally worth something, right?) and the apartment is all set up and ready to go. The home-life is nearing stability.

OK.  Comedy updates!:

Toronto Comedy Brawl

My ego took a massive blow tonight as, even though I think I had a decent set, I didn’t get to move on to the actual Comedy Brawl.  I competed in what’s known as the Gauntlet Round, but it seems that’s as far as she goes for me because I didn’t get enough votes to move on.  I suppose Toronto isn’t ready to hear about Brie’s labia just yet. I do think there were some really worthy competitors though and it was great to see some local comics perform… then defeat me mercilessly.   On the plus side, I was asked to perform in an upcoming stand-up show featuring awkward true stories, of which I have plenty.  So, where a door closes, a window opens or whatever that saying is.  More info on that show to come.  Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in upcoming Comedy Brawl dates, you can check out the link on the title of this paragraph.

All-Night Sketch Party

I don’t know if I mentioned it in this blog yet, but a few of my colleagues from school are working on putting together a Comedy website featuring our sketches, various performances, some written and basically a whole big load of awesomely funny stuff for everybody.  It’ll be called Laugh Draft because it features us beginner comics.  To launch the site, we were hoping to film a sketch that features most of the website members, so we all shipped out to Milton for the evening and went all through the night filming a sketch, which is currently in the editing process.  I hope you all check out the video when it is released, which will probably coincide with the launching of the web-site.  This will be an exciting time for all of us, so I hope whoever reads this takes a look at the site from time to time too.

Anyway, the filming was a lot of fun and it was great to work on this project with my fellow provinces and territories.  (You’ll see.)  We wrapped at about 6:30 a.m. & I was completely out of it for days afterward.

Producing the Devil’s Cellar

Every Wednesday, a group of guys from the second year of my program put on an open-mic night in the basement of an Irish pub.  Last week, all of the guys were busy preparing for a big show coming up so I volunteered to run the show in their absence.  In comedy, running a show like this is apparently called “producing,” so last week was the first time I produced a show.  It went pretty well, I think.  The atmosphere was very lax and many people went up who weren’t prepared, but on the whole I think everybody had a good time, which I think is a good thing for the first show I’ve ever run.  Hopefully I’ll get to do more of that in the future.  Like, I’d thought about putting a show together in Welland sometime over the summer with some of the comics I’ve met from the Niagara Region and making it a fundraiser or something.  Anyway, those plans to come as well…

2011 Humber College Industry Show

Every year, my program puts on an end-of-year performance with its second year students who’ve really shone throughout the program as well as a team of writers to create and edit the material.  This year, SCTV etc.’s Andrea Martin hosted the show, put on at the Second City’s mainstage.  I suppose the goal here is to be “discovered,” because many industry professionals are in the crowd; agents, etc.  But I also think it’s an honour for the students who get to perform because it really did seem to be a reward for having poured their hearts and hard work into this program.  Regardless of the outcome, regardless of how many students get agents because of this show or go on to be big and famous or become professional burger flippers, the show was fantastic.  I think it’s probably a highlight to these kids’ lives.  Something they’ll remember forever, regardless of where life takes them.  Congratulations to them all and uh… OH MY GOD I HOPE I GET TO BE IN THE SHOW NEXT YEAR.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ANDREW CLARK, PLEASE.

Ahum.

Mustn’t lose my composure.

Anyway, thanks for reading.  And next year, come vote for me for the Comedy Brawl so I can move on to the next round, okies?  I’m giving you all PLENTY of notice, so no excuses!!!

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