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Details of Art

It’s all in the details. Artistically I love to noodle around with details of my performance. Subconscious things the audience doesn’t actually notice but can impact them.I’ve realized lately that my shows have been stronger because I’ve been finessing the staging and lighting.  Most importantly the PRE SHOW staging and lighting. It occurred to me ( maybe finally ) that what an audience s...

I cover the Waterfront

Perhaps it was the days at sea without land or perhaps it was the fantastic mood I was in from absolutely killing it for my performances on Holland America’s ship the MS Amsterdam, or maybe It was that I had good fortune to work with highly creative acts, but whatever the reason, it was one of the most productive weeks in recent times. I joined the ship in Guatemala, and sailed up to Mexico ...

Be Grateful

I just put on Echo and Bunnymen, so get ready to sit back and chill. Having returned from the panama canal, a cruise I was performing on courtesy of Holland America Line, I’m pretty stoked. This year they’ve been super generous and booked me to headline their ships across the globe.  I look ...

TV Taping

Sometimes it’s worth the trek to nowhere. This weekend I performed in Fergus Ontario, Its an hour outside Toronto.  Not that far. At the Fergus Grand Theatre, a local producer, Ryan Joyce, shot in 4k video no less, what will soon become a tv show. A show that puts a spotlight on local yet world class Canadian variety acts. Not many true variety shows on television now that don’t pivot on som...

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. ...

Confidence

I’ve been talking about Holland America Cruises lately. I’m performing on one right now, where I’m currently in the middle of the Pacific Ocean half way between California and Hawaii. I’ve been headlining shows for them for a while now. I love the theatre, the corporate culture, the accommodations and the way I’m treated. As far as I can tell, having worked MANY cruise lines over the last 10 ye...

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 ...

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...

Holiday Party

December. For all the good in this season there’s also a fair bit of greed too.  Not just from a company sales perspective, but from an entertainer’s one as well. When you specialize in corporate after dinner entertainment, every high end firm wants to hire you in November and December for their special night. I freely admit I capitalize on the demand of the corporate holiday and Christma...