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
Mon, Mar 4, 2013
Thu, Feb 7, 2013
Every time after I do a DVD I say to my wife never again. I cant find blood from this stone anymore. Then time does something very funny like it always does… that stuff I did two years ago wasnt that good and i know i can do better.
So here we are two months away from me recording my fourth DVD. It would have happened in September but a vasectomy gone horribly wrong pushed me back by at least six months. Then incorporating that into the act and dropping my other closer took precedent.
For all three of my past DVD’s I have been 24 hours before laying it down saying “this is not ready …I should have waited another six months” The reality is nothing will ever be done… when it comes to stories or jokes they always get better but no one wants to see a DVD of better stuff they have already watched. So now I am old enough to not try and get the monkey off my back but just feed it so it sits still for awhile.
For two months leading up to recording I start to listen to music that inspires me and keeps me focused. I find that when i listen to music that matters it gives me energy and the drive to stay the course and do material that i want to do. It is a careful balance sometimes to make sure you dont go to far down the rabbit whole too early in the show.
London March 23rd will be the record date for the DVD. I have not had a lot of luck in that town to be honest. From the assault video of the glass from 08 to my last visit where a heckler stops the show asking me about my cancer (clip coming soon) and almost halting the show.
The venue is perfect for filming with great site lines and nice big stage.
Lets just hope it goes well. In the last six months it has not been a good ride and I can feel the monkey kicking me in the neck.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013
Lots going over the next six months. You may have noticed my tour page is back online and loaded with dates.
I am currently trying to arrange a dvd recording in London Ontario for March as part of my rank and vile tour with Kenny Robinson. I recently played there and it is a great venue for filming and I am hoping for a good turnout for my new hour of material that has taken shape over the last 2 years. I still seem to be able to piss some people off with my comedy although with age I am trying to just be me and less of the so called monster.
Halifax Comedy Festival:
I am now able to confirm that I will be filming two galas for television at the Halifax festival. April 23-27 I will be there doing various shows. Halifax has been a good comedy town for me over the years and I look forward to doing what I do in a TV clean environment.
Winnipeg Comedy Festival:
I will also be recording live episodes of my SiriusXM show Anything Goes at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. I am really looking forward to this as we will be able to bring the joy and awkwardness of the studio into the live environment. It has been two years since I was there doing the festival and there is word I will be doing some standup as well. I will post all the dates on the page as I get them.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012
Well the end of another year and on paper lots happened but the things you are the most proud of will never be known.
Another year of the XM show with over 50 EPS to download on iTunes for your enjoyment.
January 7th is the season opener of the Mr D show that i joined for season 2. The first eps is a big one with special guest star russell peters plus the little angry french teacher (moi). Keep watching and I hope you enjoy it. It was a great summer not to have to worry about paying the rent for the first time in years.
Tons of other stuff but if you ask me, what I am the most proud of? It will always return to my standup. That is not to discount the other stuff. I just use a different measuring stick for that vs my standup.
Two years ago something happened in my life which was pretty fucking heavy and it has taken me two long years to put it into the act. This is not easy stuff to digest and it now represents the last ten minutes of my act. Two years of taking it …rearranging it…. stripping it down…tightening it up…. punching it up. The bombing time and time again to try and figure out the beats and the major points. Sure I can write a TV clean joke that works but means nothing to me. That is paying the rent for me..I get that but for me it is the feeling I get when you put the stuff down that matters…that you have worked hard for.
Many comics do this and for some it seems they just did it for the first time when in fact it has sat in the back of their brain for a long time. It may seem like a small thing to you but it sure wasnt for me.
I am still trying to record my fourth dvd which was put off due to my vasectomy problems. Looking at Feb 2013 to lay that down.
Also look for me to return to towns I have not been to in a long long time. One in particular is Vancouver for the first time in years since being banned from a club where I sold the most merch ever. Kenny Robinson and I will be bringing Rank And Vile Dirty Tour there in March.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012
no this is not a picture a crime scene this is the venue we played to a packed house in northern Ontario. See it ain’t all theaters and soft seaters ..sometimes you have to play the venues where they film silence of the lambs in the basement.
It was another time where after the show you have to say to yourself why is there not crowds like this everywhere. Both Kenny and I did almost an hour each and killed it. They enjoyed it and filled their stomachs with booze and dirty thoughts. How can you have a better xmas then that.