Thu, Dec 4, 2014
Time and time again I have heard that term from either other Canadian comics or people in the industry. It is moniker for all those times an American comic comes up here and either asks for something or feels entitled. Sometimes they are just star cunts and I get that but there is something even deeper than that. A lot of times it is the comic just asking for what they deserve. A normal standard that they are either used to or should get but people in Canada feel shocked that they even ask.
As Canadians we don’t ask for what we are worth, in many ways we just accept what we get and move on. To ask for more worth is in a sense selfish. How dare you think that you are worth more…there are hundreds of people who would kill for your ability to barely pay rent. What you want RRSP’s…. Fucking Americans.
Now apply this same value system to the Canadian comics cause it applies. In my business there is a sense that you should just be happy with what you get and if you want more than you are just the same as those Fucking Americans. Listen to countless Canadian comics who have to move to the states and they all say the same thing. If we had the same success in America as Canada then we would be having our own tv show or playing large theatres blah blah blah. I am sure there are people who see this and go “who do they think they are…. They are not even that funny”. Funny doesn’t matter in this equation it is what the public sees they are worth and not the industy.
I have seen this for myself and it is very true in Canada. One only has to look at Russell Peters and the way he handles his business and I am sure many in the biz has said who does he think he is? He is one of the top comics in the world but if he stayed here he wouldn’t even have his own show cause playing moosejaw to 100 people is the prize in this country AND you better be grateful to play to those 100 people.
On a much smaller scale this has applied to my own career. I once was told by a comedy club owner in montreal that I might be too much for his club in terms of content. As he was saying this to me I pointed to a picture that was above us of Jim Norton. All the club owner could say to me is “well he is American”. I killed that whole weekend…shook many hands and was told countless times I was the best they had seen but maybe it was the way I handled myself off stage. Who knows but the “well he is American” line stayed with me.
I have done countless comedy clubs where they cant even put up my comedy posters I have paid for to be printed and shipped to the club. They see this as who does he think he is. HOW dare he think he is any better than the average comic we have in here every week. Well marketing doesn’t work that way… in marketing perception is everything and if you make a big deal out of something people will think it is a big deal and come AND pay more. I have had countless weekends where the staff has no idea what I have done and come up to me at the end and say you have been the best one in a long time. Sure but that doesn’t earn me the right to have a poster advertising it does it.
I have had arguments with comedy agents who say shit like “really Darren does it matter you did all this stuff?” Yeah it does that is how they do it in America. They are not ashamed to use credits and make it sound better than it is. As long as you don’t lie where exactly is the problem. These same clubs and agents have no problem booking SCREECH. I am sure that is based on his comedy talent only. If only my parents would have fucked 90 miles south near Buffalo.
I also know this whole speech has been made many times before.. Canadians are polite.. we don’t ask…. We wait blah blah blah. Well I see a whole generation of young comics who either learned from the old fucks or just live in a social media world where borders don’t matter when it comes to comedy. They are not waiting for anything and the times they are a changing. I am pretty sure the Irish don’t say FUCKING BRITS and vice versa.
I still just want 50 people in a room who want to hear me scream who saw a poster and knew what they were getting.
If that makes me a Fucking American then so be it can I just not have to spend the 15 grand to get a green card.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014
Well after 2 years of feeling in the shitter about my standup, I have had three weeks in a row of good shows to kick my ass into gear.
I am actually looking forward to the year 2015.
In the last few weeks/months I have done some comedy podcasts/interviews and here are the links to them. Dont do it all in one day… that is way too much darren frost for anyone
Humble and Fred:
My fourth appearance on the show is quite the doosy. Other guests on this eps are Demetri Martin and Tv Critic Bill Brioux
Whats So Funny Vancouver
My fifth appearance on the best comedy podcast in canada for my dollar. It is the only podcast where you talk about comedy not hosted by a comic.
The Movie Jerks: EPS 115
A great podcashttp://www.darrenfrost.com/blog/wp-admin/post-new.phpt/show based out of edmonton where you watch a bad movie and discuss it in detail. Since I worked with Nicolas Cage recently we spoke in great detail about the Wickerman. It is really fun.
The Julien Dionne Comedy Hour: Eps 9
A good friend and comic Julien is interviewing comics one at a time and we get into the problems with canadian showbiz.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Time is a motherfucker
Anger is an energy
I am sitting on a train on my way to the Canadian Comedy Awards where I am nominated for two awards that I self nominated myself for. The last six months something has happened to me and I cant quite describe it. Fewer and fewer gigs excite me… fewer and fewer gigs I say YEAH that is why I do standup comedy.
Ever since I put out my 4th DVD to zero acclaim (which i knew was going to happen), I just have no will to produce new material. Lots of stuff has happened to me but I have no drive to turn it into material. I am afraid I have jumped the shark of my standup career.
The silly part is I have never been busier with my career when I combine all the cartoon work, acting work, and standup. First trips to Victoria and Namaimo in my 25 years as a standup…. thoughts of finally editing my heckler video from my back catalog. Is this just the ebb and flow of life and career? Time will tell.
Up until 6 months ago, I was fuck this I will stay committed to what I want to do. No one is going to stop me and then you just wake up one day and that fire is not there anymore. In the movie I AM COMIC, I was always interested in the section on why comics quit and now I am living with it. Too many days of convincing myself there is more to say when the tank is empty.
One of the hardest part is such a cliche but there is a reason they are cliches. My children are getting older and I only have so much time with them. Today is the first time I am missing a surgery for my oldest son. It really brings back memories of having to go on stage when they had open heart surgery.
The way I look at it is…every night I have to spend babysitting fucktards is one less night of being with my family.
There is good news… I just booked a role in a movie with Nicolas Cage for a few days and my scenes are with him. That should be good for the demo real of 8 second clips of me with famous people.
For now I have a weekend of shows to do for the comedy awards and lets hope i win just for the acceptance speech. I think if I don’t win I will post the speech here. It will be very representative of where I am right now.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
So I am taking the plunge and doing my first fan expo in toronto. Many people do not realize that I do anything but standup but in fact i do more cartoon work these days then standup. Here is a partial list to let people know what I have done:
Camp Lakebottom: SQUIRT
The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: ROWDY
Stoked: Snack Shack
Bakughan Brawlers: SHADOW PROVE and SHUJI
Timothy Goes To School: FRANK #1
Time Warp Trio: Sam
Also appearences in Medabots, Sidekicks, Detenionaires, Arthur, Beyblade, Jojo’s Circus, Gahan Wilson’s The Kid, Willa’s Wildlife Adventure.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013
This will be the last show of the year for me in Toronto. It will also be the last booking for Rank N Vile for a few months.
What is Rank N Vile?
“A double headlining tour starring comedians known across the country for their profane opinionated brand of “in your face” style and social commentary. With a combined 50 years of comedy in Canada this show is bound to push your buttons and expand your horizons.”
For Tickets click here
Kenny is one of Canada’s top comics for a reason. Come out and see why this show is too much for many people in our fine fine country.
Also on the show is Ryan Dennee who I have toured with and look forward to working with again. Ryan is very funny and the perfect host for Rank N Vile
Monday December 23rd. Showtime 8PM Doors 7PM
The Royal Cinema
608 College St
Wed, Dec 4, 2013
So we are coming to the end of 2013 and it has been a very good year for my career. Overall it had lots in the win column and a few missteps but I can live with that. Here is a overall snap shot of the year…. I will be updating this over the next few days.
My fourth DVD has been getting great reviews and here are the ones so far that have come out:
Now Magazine “Savage tearing apart of news and pop culture items.” 4 N’s out of 5
The Serious Comedy Site “trip down the dark rabbit, or rabies hole of his mind. It is funny as hell. It is like nothing you have ever seen before, ever.”
Comedy Uncovered “It’s the first stitch on an open wrist, and we can see it for all that it is”
Winnipeg Comedy Festival:
A second year in a row, I returned to which is now my favorite comedy festival in the country. Not only a sold out show for Rank N Vile but also a live recording of my Sirius XM show Anything Goes. Almost 200 people loved the taping and it was the highlight for the whole year of comedy for me. Everyone attached to the show works hard for zero money. Did you hear me? Zero money… so it is very rewarding when a crowd and a booker appreciates the show.
Halifax Comedy Festival
My first time doing the fest after over 20 years of touring the east coast. I aint gonna lie but i went in with a chip on my shoulder with the idea of “hey i should have done this years ago”. I get it ..it is a cleaner festival and that is not the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of my act. I just switched gears and didnt say fuck and killed it. The best part of the fest for me was seeing Dwight Slade for the first time after hearing about him for years…it was worth the wait to see him work the room so effortlessly.
Sudbury Comedy Festival:
Just did the one show this year by headlining the dark and dirty show. Sold out and was able to do it with Aaron Berg now based in new york. Highlight was meeting cheech and chong and they thought we were local comics from sudbury. “hey man can you make a good living in this town just on comedy” “what are you high…oh right”
One show ..time to put the politics and bullshit aside…one night for a charity event that hits close to home. Joanna Downey. Four comics were asked to do a show where the door went to Joanna. She is a dear friend and one of the only people who believed in my comedy when many didn’t. She now suffers from ALS and if you have a moment please support her if you can
first leg of the tour and Rank N Vile from 2013:
ANYTHING GOES: another 50 episodes of a show none of you listen to
HUMBLE&FREDRADIO: I was a big fan of these guys in the 90’s and still am. An hour interview where i say things that not everyone likes.
THESEANPOD: SEAN CULLEN’S PODCAST SHOW. I love sean for the same reasons everyone else does… talented and a nice guy with one of the best reps in the biz. He almost makes me want to come away from the darkside…almost.
WHATS SO FUNNY: third appearence on my favorite radio show for standups
SHOWBIZ MONKEYS: almost an hour interview where i rant and rant till finally I think JD was like is there more then one exit in this house he lives in.
FOREVER YOUNG with Dean Young: 90 minutes of hate (10 10 13 posting date). My first interview pushing my new DVD and i dont think i left a stone unturned except the one with jonbenet ramsey under it.
THE JOKE MERCHANTS: episode 19. Oh martha martha martha. A no bullshiter meets a no bullshiter and guess what happens …no bullshit tada.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013
Currently as we speak my new special is being edited and put together. It is my fourth dvd release and this will be my first one that will be released online as well as physical units.
The online one will just be the special no extras at all. Now if you ever bought one of my older dvds you know i jam them packed with hrs of bonus features and this new one will be no different. One of the bonus features will be my first one hour dvd special that is now out of print. I have ran out of copies of that first dvd and other then the special there are things on there i no longer have the rights to and it would be too much trouble to get them. You can find all of that on youtube so just go there for free.
There will be also a few other bonus features i have under my sleeve to make sure it is worth your extra dollars. I am also trying to put together a big fall tour which will be the largest i have ever taken in the 20 years as a comedian. If you are someone that is interested in booking a show get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Lots of cities I have not been to in quite a long time are lining up and I am looking forward to it.
SIRIUS XM ANYTHING GOES
My radio show is still going strong and we are looking at going live and to two hours in the fall so that way people can call in and address their fears/problems/criticisms etc. Go to itunes to download all the past eps.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013
I know it has been a while since i posted anything. To be honest I have been knee deep in performing at festivals for the last three weeks.
Winnipeg was first and very successful for me and the shows I did. In both cases I wasn’t just the performer on them but also the producer behind the scenes. The first is the live taping of Anything Goes for Sirius XM. Almost 180 people crammed into the theatre to watch great sets by Jon Dore Kenny Robinson, George Westerholm, Ryan McMahon and Paul Rabliauskas. It was also the return of Kathleen Mcgee as one of the hosts of the show and she was the funniest she had ever been on the show.
Many don’t realize that Dave and I do not make any money on our radio show that we do it due to our love of standup and the art form. So to have so many people come up to us and tell us how much they enjoyed the taping or a few who were fans of the show was great.
That combined with the sellout crowd that Kenny Robinson and I had for our Rank N Vile show was just a double home run. This proved that the model works..people want to see our kind of depraved acts in a nice venue fora paying crowd. If you are interested in booking the show just contact me through the website.
Also listen to CBC Radio One for the Debaters as our eps will be airing sooner then later. Dave and I argued “if pot becomes legal then the government would be the best dealer.” I voted pro that statement and never believed a word i said and that is what is great about the debaters. You just have to argue not believe it
Sudbury was just a quick trip back to the city I was married in. Sold out dirty show with Aaron Berg and a cast of others. We kicked the fuck out of the town and was on a plane 14hrs later back to the tdot. Not much to report but I will be back in the fall with Kenny Robinson.
Halifax went smoother then I expected. Two tv galas went very well for me and now we just have to wait for the shows to come out to prove to everyone in this business that I dont have to be muzzled to be funny. I can do clean comedy and still be edgy I just dont want to do that live. I still like saying the words that can get me into trouble live and that is why people still want to see live entertainment. The first gala went very well for me and here is a link to an article where i was quoted
MR D: Season 2 of Mr D starts filming in july and there is still no word if I am going back. I had a great time and if it doesn’t happen no hard feelings its just business. Gerry gave me the role without an audition and that is not normal in my business so I appreciated that big time. Same goes to Ron James who came on my Xm show and then gave me a role in a sketch on his show. That is the difference between actors and comics …comics never forget. So please if you get a chance tune in to both shows and support Canadian comedy.
Finally on to the summer…for most it is the quietest time of year but for me it is time to hit the open mikes and get some new material running through my veins. So tired of the same monkey dance i have been doing to get ready for the DVD recording which I dont think I am going to release. Yes you heard me correctly…. maybe I am my own worse enemy but the audience is not that great for it and I made a big mistake filming it where i did. I am happy with the performance but not the reaction
You want to see it and tell me what you think email me and maybe i will send you a free copy