Tag: comedy magician
January 29, 2019
Winter is here in Toronto, Canada.
2 hours with the snowblower digging out neighbours, minus 20 degree weather and I have frostbite on my face. Who settled this frozen wasteland of a country? Samuel de Champlain? Pierre Radisson? That wing nut from The Bay? Whichever one it was they deserve a giant kick in the b...
January 23, 2019
I just finished performing a week at the fabulous House of Cards in Nashville, TN. USA. As you can see by the photo, making an audience member laugh is the best thing a performer can do, the second best to have to have Carter the Great smell you're armpit. Its a long story. There were 28 shows in a week of packed theatres...
January 2, 2019
It’s here. I'm full of gratitude for 2019. I’m pretty stoked. 2018 was a year filled with awesome. New friends, and new performing adventures. We had the whole family for holiday dinner at the house, my kid got another year older and I worked on a couple of fun new routines for the show.
December 17, 2018
Last post of 2018.
A short one.
I wanted to say that I’m SO VERY grateful to all the agents, event planners, producers, friends, theatres and cruise lines that booked me in 2018. I must say Holland America Line was a stand out this year. HAL took me to many interesting places in the world. It’s nice to get a Standing Ovation one night and then jog the beach in Hawaii the next. I always tel...
December 10, 2018
I have three shows left in 2018. Two corporate events and a performance at a resort north of Toronto. I think that’s about the right number. I’m looking forward to a break over the holidays. I’ve no idea how in my 20’s, I used to do 5 or 6 shows in a day in December and run all over Toronto doing them. Madness. I now make more money doing just 4 shows in December than I did when I was doing...
December 3, 2018
Jeff McBride says “Your comfort zone is the place your dreams go to die”.
I think he’s correct.
I’m currently ¾ of the way through writing a new closing piece for the show.
I know it sounds insane to plunk in a new closer without audience testing it elsewhere in the show, but here’s the thing :
It’s not a comedy piece. There’s zero jokes in it. It’s not even the strongest magic in the s...
November 25, 2018
There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend: one day, the black will swallow the red' ~ Mark Rothko
I’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 ...
November 19, 2018
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...
November 12, 2018
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...
October 29, 2018
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...