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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. ...

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...

Fix it in post

“We’ll fix it in post” I’ve been lazy about posting. Exhausted more like it.  Between normal performances at corporate events, my kid and new work opportunities, it’s been a mess. Travel has occupied my life.  In the last week, I’ve travelled to Los Angeles for a week and then returned home to perform at a corporate after dinner holiday party. The LA portion of this trip had nothing to...

Communication

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk “ – Stephen Hawking A prominent and pretty famous magician, one whom I’ve admired since I was a kid sent me a message not long ago. He’d seen me perform on the television show Penn and Teller Fool Us and wanted to let ...

Showbusiness or ShowArt ?

There’s no star system in Canada. That’s the problem. I've been working in show business long enough that its impossible not to be a little bit jaded by it. Since the age of 16 the showing of magic tricks and making them funny has been my sole source of income. Starting out its everyone's wild ambition to be the next David Copperfireld or George Carlin. Of course the longer you keep at it...

Ethics

Its a question of professionalism even more than ethics, although that comes into play too. Its no secret that I specialize in corporate after dinner comedy and magic shows. I have a very specific skill set I’ve developed in order to be able to entertain in a conference environment. Its different than performing in theatres or on cruise ships and it has its own set of challenges. My skill se...

All Roads Lead to Brampton

You don’t hear much about acts who take their shot and miss, but I’ll tell you what happens to them.  They end up working dead end jobs on crazy shifts because they spent too much time chasing their dreams and not enough time preparing for what happens should that dream not come true. I was always taught to be mindful of that. I grew up in Brampton Ontario.  A 45 min drive from the centre of...