Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Play Like Me…
Sunday started in one of those wonderful ways that we all love. That is, someone calling you letting you know that you’re in to something that day that you’ve either completely forgotten about or knew nothing about. In my case it was the latter. I vaguely remember telling Brian Hope that yes, I’d love to join him at the Yuk-Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh-Off. But that was the end of it. I didn’t hear back so I didn’t worry about it. Well, suddenly I had a show that night. Lucky me.
Off to Mississauga then.
From the previous week, Dave Paterson took one of the two advancing spots and said the place was packed to the rafters. Awesome. Looks like the contest draws a crowd. This is sounding better by the minute. Nope. If there were only eighteen people in Mississauga who didn’t give a rat’s about the Grey Cup, then we had them sitting in front of us. Admittedly, they were small but mighty, but when you’re picturing a throng, it’s a bit of a let-down. No matter. Show must go on.
Brian drew first spot and did decently well. I followed immediately and seemed to have them laughing throughout and consistently. Follow me with the very-well-penned Steven Eyes, the ethnic comedy of Ali Rizvi, and…sorry, some guy named Taylor. Never seen him before, can’t remember the last name, and admittedly he was the least strong of the pack. I don’t think he’s been at it long at all, and the potential’s there, but not last night.
So with two spots available, and Steven worried when he saw us that he was done and dusted out of this contest (a nice, if not erroneous compliment to Brian and I), neither went to Brian or I. Ali and Steven are proud owners of advancing spots in the contest now. The consolation for Briohazard and me was that at least we got to see Darren Frost dance in front of the crowd. I got the feeling watching him that this is what it must have been like watching Lenny Bruce back in the day. Some get it. Others don’t. And he spent a good five-to-ten minutes going through an email back-and-forth with someone who didn’t like his comedy like Lenny and his court transcripts. Made me laugh so much I went home and watched my copy of Darren’s “Laughing Away The Tears” video. Again.
I am not bitter about the experience at all. In fact I’m somewhat happy. From what Brian tells me I’ve got a decent video out of the night that I can use, and to tell you the truth, I now don’t need to worry about driving to Mississauga again. Hooray for losing!