Night 4 Montreal JFL

I was pumped up for tonight I headed to the Katacombes nice and early to see the Goddamn Comedy Jam again Bill Burr was up again with Margaret Cho and Peter D. The line up was huge and again it was a sell out so I raced over to JFLOL at Newspeak again.

Tonights show was hosted by Jake and Amir they didn’t seem to be very strong in a stand up sense they have a comedy web series and it showed because they we not the best. First up was Graham Clark he is a local and he was ok like the other shows the start really hasn’t been that strong. Next up was Sara Hennessey another local she has won a Canadian Comedy Award for best stand-up and again I had seen better acts when I was in Toronto. The rest of the show was the same except for Duncan Trussell and Ian Edwards I really came to see these two guns and they were great they really stood out from the rest. Duncan did a bit from his show that I have seen before but it was still great and Ian was slow to start but then ramped it up and smashed in the end.

The puppet dude was on again and died HARD again! Mike Ward who is a legend in Canada was on and it was good you could see the years of experience showing through although he didn’t kill. And the final act was Pete Holmes, Pete wasn’t that strong he tends to over smile a lot which I see only as a trick with some acts now. There were others but they weren’t worth mentioning.

Then I headed over to Cleopatras again to see Brian Posehn, Brian has been around forever as an actor, writer, fellow Metalhead  and comedian so it was cool to finally see him live. His set was good up and down with the funny but he seemed to have his crowd in so it was more relatable to those people. He sounds like Louis CK heaps if you close your eyes you would swear it was him. Anyway it was a good show.

Next show was the Roastmaster Invitational again the semi finals tonight we have some great acts on. Tonights Judges are Michael Che (SNL) and Trevor Noah (The Daily Show), stepped in for Keith Robinson, and joined director Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer), and Jeff Ross to take care of the those duties. First was Sarah Tiana VS Trevor Wilson This was so and it was very funny Trevor took it in the end.Ashley Barnhill and Mathhew Broussard. Both L.A. based comics and both regular competitors in the L.A. Roast Battle scene, Broussard eventually advanced to the semis by defeating Barnhill who had been asked back despite losing the night before. That was due to the poor performance of Mark Forward and Sean Cullen’s delirious half-drunken face-off resulting in neither comic winning.

Next was our own Tom Ballard Vs Tony Hinchcliffe Tony started strong smashed it but then Tom smoked him it was so one sided! Then Jimmy Carr Vs Joe DeRosa and Jimmy destroyed Joe it was so one sided it became funny.

Then I headed back to the after party and caught up with Evan and got free drinks and food met a heap of people then ran into Mini Holmes from Toronto and then she introduced me to a few people including the owner of Yuk Yuks who I hung out with for a while.

Later we were out the back were all the Deathsquad guys were and Duncan Trussell came up to me so we hung out chatting, He is such a nice guy very sweet so make sure you check him out in November when he comes to Oz.

The night finish with Kim, Mini and I going back to the vice president of ICM (the biggest agency in the world) Hotel room and hanging out till the next day drinking and being idiots lotsa fun! Chris is a very nice guy and very funny and great to chat with about the industry and how it works. Who would know more huh.

Lessons 

Roasting is awesome! It is what gives the North American acts an edge we don’t have you can see it in their style and we are falling behind in the standard of comedy because we wouldn’t allow a roast back home. Its mean you can’t say that because he might get upset etc. Im starting it crowd or no crowd!

Once you have a fan base it can become easier to perform. Its like your mates all know you and get you so your jokes work.

It seems a lot of the acts are doing the smaller shows to bring crowds for the bigger ones but the sets are designed for a Gala or theater so the jokes don’t work when it is performed as though there are 100 times the people watching. A pro should be able to do a different set for a small room that is why I think so many suck in the small rooms here.

Be Cool

Flemo

Night 3 Just for Laughs

A quick blog today I running behind,

First rule of JFL fightclub is, Don’t walk across town to see a show and leave your pass back at the room.

So the first show was at Newspeak its a really cool room we came here last year to see Iliza Shlesinger destroy. This show has 9 acts and the Mc was Flula Borg he is German and doesn’t do stand up more a weird singer/character. It was trying to get the crowd going. The first few act weren’t the best I have seen one guy had a dummy and got nothing! There was a step back in quality and big laughs compered to the other nights. There was a lot of flat jokes. Some were obviously for a gala crowd so it has a different rhythm that doesn’t work in this type of room.

Then Burt Kreischer hit the stage, he was the reason I came to this show and he didn’t disappoint, Now the movie Van Wilder is actually based on Burt and he is one of the best story tellers there is and the way he tells it makes it exciting all the way through. The rest weren’t the best.

Next stop was to Cleopatra’s a strip club to see Ari Shaffir’s “This is not Happening” This is the same show that is on Comedy Central where there is a subject this week it is CRAZY! Each act does around 8-10 mins telling you a story about something crazy. All of the acts smashed on this show Burt again was incredible this time going topless for the whole story and Sebastian Maniscalco was awesome as well. This would be such a great show if we could do it back home along with the roast shows.

Lessons

Write stories about something interesting and add your tags. These guys tell awesome stories the way you should tell awesome stories with a great build up and a huge pay off at the end.

There is a big step up from the guys who are the top here to the other acts. The guys like Burt and Ari can crush a room. The others can have good spots and thats it. It takes years there are no short cuts in comedy just years of hard work!

Tomorrow back to 3 shows and an after party drunk on.

Flemo

Deathsquad Rock”N” Roll Circus

Last night I went to a club to see the Deathsquad show with Brian Redban and Dean Delray as the headliners. It started a bit late as they were hoping for more people to come in I think. This is a really cool old theatre it would seat about 300-400 people tonight there was about 100 maybe 120.

So the show started with a local band I can’t remember their name Im not here for music anyway. Then an MC came out and did a bit and brought on a burlesque dancer who just stripped! some of the guys were wooing then back to the MC who brought on a twerking group they weren’t ready so he did a bit more then they weren’t ready so we had a quick break.

We return with the twerk group who taught me something valuable! White men can’t jump and white girls can’t twerk! This was funny as fuck they just moved around moving there asses in the air while half of the audience including myself cried with laughter. I can’t write material this funny!

Then Burlesque girl came back then Brian O’Gorman the first stand up for the show he had a really solid set. Then the MC brought up Brian Redban, Now if you don’t know him he is the Producer of The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast which has a massive following! His set was dirty as i expected and he got a good reaction from the crowd he wasn’t a killer but when you feel like you know someone its easier to laugh along because you know their humour.  Next up was Dean Delray, Now I have been looking forward to seeing Dean as he has followed the same path as me Heavy Metal singer to Stand up Comedian.

He had a good set it wasn’t killer but he has only been doing stand up 5 years so I wasn’t expecting him to slay the room. I was hoping he would talk about his music career a bit so I could see how he tells his stories and also how I can relay my music life to story.

Like I said before the show was pretty messy everyone went outside then some came back in for a podcast and Q&A but I had enough by then. I had a quick chat to Brian O’Gorman he told me to head to the Vapour room again tonight and ill be able to do a spot. Then we will catch up with Evan for a Toga party before heading to Montreal for Just For Laughs tomorrow morning. And I have a show that night in Montreal at 8pm somewhere?

Lessons learnt,

White girls who twerk are funny as fuck! If you suck at comedy there is your path right there.

We all here from friends you should do stand up and that is because you know them, but as most of you know that doesn’t translate to a crowd you don’t know. I will see this again in Montreal if you have your own crowd they will go with you because they feel like they know you and have a personal investment in you. 

But if you get your own crowd it would be easy to just do enough to sell and make coin. I don’t want that I really want to hit hard and making new faces laugh.

If you run a show make sure it is smooth and flows without people onstage saying is he here or out front after you have introduced someone.

So tonight Vapour bar and then off to Montreal first thing in the morning. I have a heap of new material i want to try tonight before I have the gigs in Montreal.

Be cool stay in School.

Flemo

Night 3 The Comedy Store

Ill start by saying I am Very spaced out today so sorry if this sounds like a lot of rambling!

Last night I headed back to The Comedy Store to check a huge line up with the likes of Bill Burr, Mark Maron, Pauly Shore, Steve Rannazzisi, Dean Delray, Jeff Ross, Joey Diaz Neal Brennan and many more.

I arrived about 30 mins before the show, two girls were sharing a spliff out the front they said hi nice t-shirt here pass it around so I had a brief chat and passed it round. Don’t worry I have My Medical Card Woooo! Tickets were only $15 for this show but it was in the original room which properly only holds about 90 people, the line was huge so I figured I could just head in as a comedian at the end which they are cool with like The Comics Lounge.

While I was waiting a newer comedian from came over and started chatting Al from Texas he seemed to be an encyclopaedia on Comedy this dude knows a shitload comedy facts. He was a nice guy I started to meet a few other younger open mic acts. Alex Duong he was really cool he was telling me about the scene and different shows around town. And Ari Mannis he was working the door at the Store, hey that rhymes! Ari had done some gigs back in Australia including my home ground of at The Comics Lounge on the Mad Monday show with Doug Chappel.

We headed to the back of the room where the comedians sit to watch the show then a waitress came over and asked what drink I wanted for the 2 drink minimum? I didn’t want to sound like a dick by saying I’m a comedian so I said lemonade. Then she asked if I wanted them doubled or something like that which I think meant bring them over now and get the 2 drink minimum thing out of the way. I just stared at her like a dog that’s been shown a card trick! I knew what she was on about I was just playing dumb for a goof. Then someone came over and said oh he’s a comedian you don’t have to buy 2 drinks. Great? No!

1 act in and we get kicked out to make way for the public cause its a full show! Fuck! I should have just paid for the drinks and I wouldn’t have been moved Idiot!

So I spent the next hour waiting to get back in chatting to other acts. One dude was funny as fuck Eric Carter from Mississippi he was crazy along with the full on southern accent. So I missed Burr missed Maron Delray and Shore. It didn’t bother me that much cause ill see them around this week and in Montreal anyway.

Then I saw a familiar face Justin Edbrooke,  I met Justin last year with the boys from the lounge we had lunch he’s a really nice guy.  Justin is an agent for a lot of my favourite acts from Joey Diaz to Ari Shaffir. He said come over and meet Joey Diaz and I said Fuck yes! I will come and meet Joey Diaz!  Joey is one of my favs his podcast and comedy have been a big influence on my Stand up so i was freaking out when I shook his hand. He was very laid back and friendly Jeff Ross came over and had a quick chat but I really wanted back into the room so I could watch these two in action. So i said bye and great to meet you and snuck back into the room.

It was great timing cause I got to see Steve Rannazzisi then Neal Brennan who is a great writer co creator of Chappelle Show He was great I was so happy I got to see him.  Jeff Ross was also great bagging out the audience and going hard at them and getting away with it the crowds really get it its about fun not being PC just fun. Then Joey came out and he was even better live than i could have imagined he goes anywhere without a care but you can’t help but love him. He could talk about the worse possible subjects and get away with it clean!

Once Joey finished the crowd started leaving its weird to watch cause the room is packed then the next act walks up as half the crowd walk out! I hung around and watched another heap of acts I didn’t know them except for Tony Hinchcliffe who I was hanging to see. He really didn’t do any material cause of the crowd size. I learnt that last year you can’t just go into material in a small crowd or it looks weird just lead them into a bit here and there.

By this time I was really spaced out and dragged myself home.

Lessons I learnt Buy a ticket next time $15 bucks 2 drinks killer line up haha.

When they go after the crowd they don’t hold back almost roasting them but they dig it here.

A lot of the twists in the routines you don’t see coming. The really dark stuff like a lot did bits about the shooting last week and didn’t care. Most had a great punch for it so the crowd were with them.

Don’t get really stoned b4 the show then you will remember more of what you saw!!!

Tonight I’m off to the Icehouse in Pasadena I have a spot thanks to Ari for hooking me up then Joe Rogan is on after at 10pm another one of my idols. This will rock!

Be cool stay in school.

Flemo

The Comedy Store night 1

Last night was my first night back at the Store in a year. It has a feeling to the place I can’t really describe but its awesome. Monday night they have over 40 acts on in the original room I didn’t see them all but most seem fairly new or not at the pro level yet but they were all good. One thing that stuck out was that they all spoke and performed with 100% confidence and in their own voice.

My main reason for going tonight was to see the DeathSquad show Kill Tony in the Belly room. I am a huge fan of the Deathsquad guys, they are a huge influence on my comedy.

The Kill Tony show is a live podcast and open mic show where over 50 acts put their name in a bucket and 8 get drawn out to perform 1 minute and each show has 2 special guest Legends of Comedy. This week had to rippers The godfather of American stand up Dom Irrera and the king of the roast Jeff Ross. The hosts of the show Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban bring out our guest and straight away they are all riffing on each other setting a fun tone for the show.

The acts were all pretty new some said they have been doing it for years some brand new but again all spoke with confidence i guess it is an american thing of people are confident here were as in Australia we have the Tall Poppy syndrome of don’t think too much of yourself which is really poison to you if you want to stand on stage for a living.

So after each act performs the panel ask questions give and advice and bag the fuck out of the acts when you have Dom and Jeff doing that its going to be gold and it was! Jeff really gave out great advice really smart advice like prepare don’t get up and blow the gig off with oh i didn’t have time to prepare and much more. Where as Dom would give advice in a bagging out and funny way. For example and act would finish their set with excuse after excuse after excuse as to why it wasn’t good and Dom would say. “So do you have an excuse for that performance?”

I won’t talk about the acts as they are new and It’s not for me to judge them although one dude DJ from Georgia he was crazy and funny as fuck!

You can view the podcasts here http://www.deathsquad.tv/category/kill-tony/

I will put my name in the hat when i get back in a few weeks and hopefully get up.

Now to what I took out of the show and learnt. For starters some of the acts have been putting their name in the bucket for 8 – 9 months! So be grateful that you can get a gig in Melbourne guys just make the most and learn the most from each spot. Put in a new tag edit just try something to improve your set.

If you are going to bomb. Bomb with confidence on stage it will smooth things over. And you give yourself the best chance of winning the audience over.

Till tomorrow.

Flemo