Tag: corporate entertainer
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 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...
October 16, 2018
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 ...
October 9, 2018
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...
October 1, 2018
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.
September 27, 2018
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...
September 10, 2018
I performed at the JW Marriott is Muskoka, Ontario a few nights ago. A corporate event for tradespeople. It was SO much fun. I love the venue and the show was amazing. So wonderful having a bunch of tradespeople laughing and coming up to me after the show telling me stories from working the trades. My own family are all in the trades so there’s a special place in my heart for events attended ...