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Ricky Jay

There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend: one day, the black will swallow the red' ~ Mark RothkoI’m sitting here, looking at the iconic photo Richard Avedon took of Ricky Jay. Its staggeringly interesting. Avedon was a master at getting to the heart of a subject. He was a true genius. I’m a fan of many artists. Especially of a certain era, some were super cool and had lots ...

Be here now, and other news

The best things I’ve got in showbusiness are from friends. BY FAR. What I mean is that I've had to be ready with the act, I always had to have the show to actually work the TV shows, cruise ships, casinos, comedy festivals etc I’ve done over the years but the initial “in” to working those places always came from another act who’s a friend.I only mention it because today on Facebook I sa...

Opportunities

You need someone to believe in you just enough to get you started. “You need to get your break” you hear that in showbusiness. Or, “I never got my break” you hear that a too, probably more often. Here’s the thing, almost every great experience I’ve had in my showbusiness career has come from friends in the industry. Those relationships are the real break. If you’re fortunate you’ll work with...

Sweep the Leg

Everyone wants to know how to get more work. I always say I work a lot because the universe allows me to. I think a big part of my success or lack of success is because the universe says so. There’s some other things too…. I regularly get emails from other acts asking me how to get on Cruise Ships, or work more corporate. The answer no one ever wants to hear is the only answer…. Be really g...

Risky Business

To quote the movie Risky Business “Sometimes you gotta say "What the Fuck", make your move. Joel, every now and then, saying "What the Fuck", brings freedom. Freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future.”Miles, portrayed by Curtis Armstrong, was right. I’ve largely based my career on this one simple thought. I just spent 11 days on the Holland America’s cruise ship The MS Ro...

M.I.T. and Boston

So, I performed this past weekend at the Edmonton Comedy Festival. That was a fantastic experience and I’d welcome the chance to go back. The shows were really fun! If you’re in Edmonton or going to be there while next year’s festival is running, make sure you buy tickets to the shows. They get the best of the best talent.Now that’s over I’m back to the normal run of corporate after ...

Comedy Festivals

So, this week is full up with showbusiness weirdness; greed and crazy travel. Sit back, relax, throw the Clash on the turntable and listen to this.Thursday, I drive from Toronto to Sarnia, roughly 4 hours, to be on a show at a high rollers golf tournament. That starts at 8pm. I’ll be on by 9pm and offstage by 10pm if I’m lucky. I then HAVE to drive back to Toronto, getting me in around 2a...

Showbiz Travel

I live my life in airports and hotels. I liken it to the guy from the 80’s TV show Quantum Leap. I leap from airport to airport, hoping the next leap is the leap home. Professionally speaking I would never agree to travel and shows on a schedule like I'm about to describe. Occasionally your agent will convince you it’s a good idea and you say yes and roll with it. It’s never a good idea.Tw...

Art or Craft

I’m writing this largely to record my thinking at the time as anything else. Not a soul reads this blog and its just for me, so.... here it comes.Magic and comedy are NOT art. They cannot be. They never will be. The very nature of what makes both things technically work prevent them from being art.
 By its nature art is subjective. For something to be an artistic piece the viewer must b...

Eric Tunney

When I was 16 I won a comedy competition in my home town, Brampton Ontatrio, just outside Toronto. Along with a small cash prize I won a guest spot at the Laugh Resort Comedy Club in Toronto. At the time it felt like a pretty massive deal. I'm not sure I'd ever been to a real comedy club at that point.Night of the show I died a spectacular death. Nerves, woefully weak material, zero confide...