Tag: cruise ship
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...
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...
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...
September 6, 2018
Well, that was quite a long and enjoyable run over the summer in Alaska. It is my sincerest hope that Holland America line continues to use me as part of their headline entertainment lineup. I really do have a fantastic time with them, if you were a passenger, you'd have the same experience. I've never met or even spoken to the booker of entertainment for HAL, so I hope my agent conveys my g...
August 9, 2018
I’ve been here in Alaska for the better part of the summer. Two and a half more weeks to go. Its been a blast, Holland America, the cruise line as a whole, has such a wonderful corporate culture it bleeds across the entire fleet of ships. I’ve worked A LOT of cruise lines. Holland really does know how to make their employees feel at home, comfortable and most importantly feel like they have...
June 11, 2018
Agents, Speakers Bureaus, Event Planners. These are THE most important resource a corporate entertainer has. As a Toronto based, but internationally performing corporate event entertainer here's my thinking on this topic :
I'll start off with a bad example and move on. An agent I'd heard of ( with a horrific reputation ) and...