The Stratford edition of Comedy Before the Frost is now history and marks the first out-of-town comedy show I’ve produced (well, co-produced.)
I think I would qualify it as a success in that people we do not know were in attendance and paid money to listen to us tell jokes. Not thousands of people, but people. One of whom had reserved in advance for a group – as a birthday celebration. We were part of someone’s major life event! (If you consider a birthday a major life event, which I do.)
I was especially touched when I noticed my good pals from Sarnia in the crowd; friends I’ve known since high school (actually, I think I knew Josée before high school, she can correct me if I’m wrong,) who’d made the trek down specifically to see me perform. That’s dedication, folks. That’s friendship. They traveled further than I did to get to that venue. These two are the best kind of people there is. Afterwards, they treated us comics to drinks and billiards, which is like…gold for comics. Sweet liquid, billiard-y gold.
Jerry Shaefer, our host, performed some really funny, interesting and unique stuff – which I was really excited to see because it didn’t fit in with the regular run-of-the-mill host. He took some time to look into work we’d all done in the past, which was really nice and considerate – and he told stories, played characters and was just damn delightful to watch perform. The birthday-boy was especially excited when he found out Jerry used to be on the Red Green show. Apparently he was a huge fan.
We also made connections that will hopefully lead to more shows in Stratford, a lovely town in which to perform. A town you KNOW values live entertainment.
But first, time to get our sights set on Ottawa and Montreal. I’m hoping for a bigger crowd for both these shows, and to recognize a few friendly familiar faces.
Also, more liquid billiard-y gold would be nice.