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Old Friends

Dave Hook was a good comic. I miss him a ton. We started about the same time, and while I worked with him a bit at Yuk Yuks, I really got to know him from “ outside gigs”. We did a local tv show together in support of some charity. They were recording the whole comedy show for broadcast. I go up, do my thing, another comic, then Hook. Third position, the sweet spot....

Back To Work

Conference Season Starts again I go back to work today, as much as performing can be compared to work.  It’s something I love, so I rarely label it “work”.  The fact remains I go back to performing at noon today.  A conference for insurance executives. I’...

Marvyn’s Magic Theatre

It’s cold in my part of Canada.  Toronto is always ugly this time of year with snow and frozen hell. Its depressing for me. My car was covered in ice this weekend past and chiselling it out was near impossible.  The poor beast may as well have been encased in carbonite.  Thank god I don’t owe money to the Hutts. Still, I’m better off than Calgary today where its -37.  ...

Magicians

This is a story but its worth it, I think.... and there's video too, always nice.I miss Willis Kenny, he was a great magician and a real character. Say what you will, we don't have enough crazy characters like that dude anymore.Thanks to 

ALASKA by Holland America

Largely because I’m a regular cruise ship performer, and as a headline entertainer I travel a TON on them friends, family and people I perform for at corporate conferences and conventions always ask what’s the best cruise to take? I get this all the time.  They want to know which cruise line is best.  More than anything people want to know the best destination. My answe...

BRAMPTON

Signs at the Airport say “ All roads lead to Brampton”. Its true.My family moved to Brampton in 1981. I went to Kingswood Drive, Sir John A McDonald and then Central Peel, where I fell madly in love with a girl who would never love me back. She vanished off the face of the earth, plaguing my curiosity forever as to h...

Comfort Zone

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...

Comedy Festivals

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...

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...

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. ...