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Tag: event planning

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 ...

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...

Corporate Performance

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 ...

AGENTS

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...

Be Happy

Finally. It occurred to me WHY I enjoy performing on Holland America’s ships. I’ve been mentioning them quite often of late; because the company generously hires me with regularity to perform my comedy magic show onboard their vessels. There’s much to like. The cabins, the food, the employees on the ship, are all top notch. I love to travel and for the first time they’re letting my wife come...

Writing

I make weird choices sometimes, especially when it comes to writing material for my show. I have a strong belief that if I write what I like, the audience will sense that I’m doing something I love and get on board with that. Doesn’t always work, especially during the early days of a new hunk of material. This is happening right now. It’s fun, and weird, and it’s the job. Gotta suck it up. ...

Lifestyle

Visited a friend in the hospital. One of the older acts I first met when I came to Toronto show business.   He’s one of the best comedy magicians I’ve ever seen. He was about to go in for a quadruple bypass.  I can only imagine the stress of knowing doctors are going to crack open your breast plate and fiddle with your heart. The operation was completed just the other day and he’s fine. So tha...

New Year

“This just might do nobody any good”.  The opening to one of the most epic speeches in the history of broadcast. Happy new year.  2018 is here. What are your resolutions??? One of mine is to never use that image at the top of this post again ;) Not sure what my plans are for this trip around the sun, but our history will be what we make of it. I asked myself what my hero’s might do to ...

Terminology

There’s a distinction. Comedy magician and comedian / magician. Interestingly, and maybe annoyingly, magicians seem to use the terms interchangeably. It needs to be dealt with, because there’s a big difference between a magician with some funny lines in their show and a magician who’s actually a COMEDIAN. I used to think that if you had a comedy club background, by that I mean actually pe...

Thank You All

Well that’s it.  The month of performing at corporate holiday parties has ended, as has my last show for the 2017 year. I’ve performed on television shows, theatres, cruise ships, corporate events in Europe and beyond.  I am VERY grateful for the opportunities given to me. I’ve often said that show business has been very good to me, better perhaps than I deserve. I’m excited to see what w...