Clown College is officially over!!!! (with the exception of graduation, which will be happening in June, but who cares about actually graduating??!?! [I do, I made the Dean’s list!]) When I finished University, my Mom really wanted graduation photos, but I never got around to taking them. She might get what she asked for this time around, except I need to warn her, she’s not allowed to complain about the giant red nose.
On a different note, as the impending sense of dread looms nearby, we were given one last educational tidbit before calling it quits for the summer. Pam Thomas, casting agent, producer, manager (etc.,) who’s worked with Lorne Michaels at SNL, with KITH, with some of the SCTV crew and managed Maya Rudolph (etc.) came by to talk to us a bit about what happens après Humber…
Everything she said made sense:
- Get an agent
- Get a demo reel
- Get a website
- Move the fuck out of Canada
A one-on-one meeting with the guru turned into a one-on-two with someone who graduated 7 years ago and is currently touring the Yuk’s circuit while simultaneously working retail to get by. That’s what we call an “eye opener.”
I was worried there wouldn’t be much use for a blog that was meant to document my time at Comedy School after I graduated, but it looks like this is really just the beginning. There’s probably enough in the self-reflective element of this business that will keep me (and hopefully you) interested… for the next 7 years at least!
And if not, here’s a picture of my cat:
The roller coaster ride of the Humber Industry Show ended at the Dog’s Bollocks in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
We spent all day on Monday at the Second City, so for me, it felt like work, which is a good thing, even though I wasn’t getting paid. It’s just that, I work there… you see. So, it was nice to be able to consider the performance element of my time at the Second City as work and not have to rearrange chairs and clean up after people afterwards.
I haven’t written much about the process of preparing for the Industry Show, other than a few snippets here and there, but now that it’s over, and I’m no longer writing and re-writing Greece or Ma & Pa Brothel, I have time to reflect.
Reflect upon how unfair the process was to many of us and how were were told to suck it up because hey, that’s showbiz. And on my end, it sucks, because who’s going to recognize the girl who wrote the piece but only had one line and spent the rest of the time in the chorus?
Two events took place at the Dog’s Bollocks that metaphorically represent my feelings about the show and its process:
- Dave Foley bought me beer and;
- I got a parking ticket.
(OK, he bought beer for the whole table, but that lessens the metaphor, so stay with me here.)
This business, this school has been a series of ups and downs, wins and losses and, I guess all I can do is wish myself and my classmates the best of luck at braving the storm.
(Photo credit: Becky Moore)
It’s cut. It’s re-cast. Re-write this. Re-write it, but make it like it was before you re-wrote it. This is where we’re at in Industry Show preparations. It’s terrible and wonderful all at the same time. And I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
Well…. maybe money. Lots and lots of money.
I’m gonna go a bit fangirl for a second. Please excuse, but I have to contain myself while at school so… here goes:
Um, it’s pretty dang nifty, I’d say, to work in a writer’s room with Dave Foley. I ugh, how can? I don’t. What? It’s Dave Foley for crying out loud. My parents hated how obsessed I was with the Kids in the Hall growing up. I was too young to catch their show when it originally aired, but I would watch re-runs on the early days of the Comedy Network repeatedly. I would TAPE sketches on VHS, the ones I liked the most. That feels like so long ago. I had a pen-pal I met on a KITH fan message board. A message board! Do they even still have those? Other than like, craigslist or kijiji!?!? She sent me photos of their show in New York and I to her from their show in Buffalo. She sent me Dave’s autograph. Holy shit, I just remembered that now. I used to quote Brain Candy with my friends. Dina did a great Baxter! I had a poster of The Wrong Guy on my wall when I was in high school for Pete’s sake. Most of you probably haven’t even HEARD of the Wrong Guy!
And now I’m working with him in a writer’s room!!!! Life, you’re being awesome right now!
Why not start this evening’s writing process with a little procrastination? I need to re-write one of my sketches from the end-of-year sketch show (which was a LOT of fun, but I don’t think I got to write about it too much, other than about Steve’s injuries) AND begin writing a new sketch to be table-read either tomorrow or in the next few days because, well…today, we began the second day of a two-week process leading up to the anticipated/prestigious Industry Show.
(I made it in!!! OMG OMG OMG! YAY! I’m so happy!!! And honoured!!! AND STOKED!)
The Industry Show will be taking place Monday May 7th at the Second City Main Stage, (where I have been working for the past 3 weeks) and will have an audience of many industry-types checking it out. Some previous Humber grads have gone on to be signed by agents as a result of performing in the show and though I may not be that optimistic/delusional, I see it as being an excellent opportunity (one of hopefully many to come) to be seen, in action, by some key players in the industry.
We’ve been issued a schedule of “10am – ?” for the duration of time leading up to the final rehearsals the weekend before the 7th, which makes having a job pretty difficult – actually, it makes me feel real guilty about having to ask for time off work. I haven’t seen the people at the Career Centre in what feels like ages and I only started at the Second City not too long ago, so I feel like a real dink asking for this much time off.
Anyway, the atmosphere in the room is really interesting. We’ve got a bunch of tables forming a square and all 26 of us sitting around the tables, pitching sketches, contributing ideas and being relentlessly mocked by Lorne Frohman, the showrunner who, by the way, keeps telling me I’m loud. If he thinks that’s loud, he should meet my grandmother on cleaning day. It’s really interesting because throughout the program I’ve been commenting on how great it would be to get to work with other people from other sections who I didn’t have the chance to work with yet, and now here we are, all collaborating in one room. It’s a pretty neat environment.
Well, I’ve gone on long enough about this. Time to get back to work. No. Time to eat lasagna, then get back to work.
This is a really cool/interesting/revealing NY Times article explaining/defending what myself and most of my colleagues at Humber are getting into in terms of the alternative comedy scene & comedy nerdom.
It was written by Toronto’s king of the Comedy Nerds himself, Andrew Clark -> who also happens to be the program coordinator of Humber’s Comedy: Writing & Performance program. (How’s that for comedy nerdy?)
Take a gander:
It’s time to light the lights.
It’s time for #cliché – Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire: A Humber Comedy 2nd Year Section 02 End-of-Year Sketch Show.
We performed the first of our two-night run and, it what seemed like the blink of an eye, it came and went. An incredibly fun blink of an eye, but it seemed like it went by real fast, is what I’m getting at.
The highlight of the evening was probably the fact that le petit Steve Gignac was actually punched in the face on stage, by accident, by Robit Kyle Woolven. As they say in show biz, “it’s all fun and games until Steve’s nose is bleeding in the green room.”
We perform again tomorrow night at 7pm & you should be there. Because our show’s hilarious. Like, really really great. And if you don’t like it, we’ll sick Kyle on you.