Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Keepin' it Réal: Days 3 & 4

The weather in Montreal was gorgeous the rest of the week and weekend, which helped get around town during their ‘transit strike.’ I put ‘transit strike’ in quotation marks because though they were on strike, the transit workers still ran the busses and trains during the morning and evening rush hours, and for 2 hours overnight.

Apparently there’s a law in Canada that a union can’t shut down a vital public service. Crazy Northerners. We have a similar law in New York, but when our transit workers went on strike they decided to pay the $1 million dollar a day fine and shut the system down completely. How’s that for a screw you?

Friday I walked down to Old Montreal and the Old Port, which, as you may have guessed, are very old. I saw some great 18th century buildings and a colorful tent on the pier that was home to Cirque du Soleil, who are not quite so old. They have to stay young and bendy.

Some people from CdS were in the crowd on Friday night, and they even invited me out after the show, but by the time I got to the club they were going to, they had moved on. The weather was so nice everyone was in that giddy, first warm weekend kind of mood and the streets were packed at night, so I did some first-class people watching.

Saturday’s shows were a blast, and afterwards I went out with some of the waitstaff from the club to a bar where the bartender recognized me from the show I did Wednesday night out in the burbs. I think my ego swelled up like 3 sizes. She said, “you look like a comedian I saw this week.”

When she found out I was, in fact, the comedian she saw, she told one of the waitresses who was at the show with her, and the people I was with from the club were impressed with my new-found international fame.

All in all, it was a great week of shows in a great city, can’t wait to get back up there.

And to the folks from Calgary, I ended up not driving straight back to NYC (stopped to see a friend in upstate NY), so I was unable to assist in the ride department. Hope your trip rocks!

Friday, May 25, 2007

I've been up in Montreal for the past couple of days playing at the Comedy Nest, and it's great to be here in Quebec province because I get to realize just how bad my comprehension of French really is. I can speak it o.k., and I can read it well, but man, when French-speakers speak naturally I can't get a freakin' word.

The problem is that once they detect that French isn't my first language, they switch to English instead of repeating themselves in French, so there's no way to improve my ear. I've resigned myself to watching the Simpsons and Futurama dubbed in French as my inter-cultural experience.

On the other hand, the shows have been going great. The first night's show was actually about a half-hour drive out of the downtown area at a rock club called Bourbon Street. There was a great crowd and I had a blast, and it was a memorable Canadian debut. The other comics were really good and we all car-pooled out together which was fun.

Last night was the first night at the Comedy Nest, which is in the Pepsi Forum, which used to be "The Forum" where the Canadiens played. Now it's a movie theater/entertainment complex. The club is great and my favorite thing about it is being able to tell my friends back home that I'm playing "The Forum" which is kind of technically true but makes it sound like I'm playing an arena.

I hope they don't find out otherwise.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Damn you Conan O'Brien!

Tune in to Conan tonight to see a comic doing a joke painfully similar to one of my favorites in my act. It's a joke I've been doing for a while, and it was even my "Joke of the Week" in Time Out New York back in February.

It might just be a case of independent creation and if it weren't my favorite joke I wouldn't be so bummed.

Damn. Now if I continue to do the thing people are going to think I got it from this guy. Comedy sucks sometimes.

Anyway, here's me doing my version of the joke at a February '06 appearance at Zanies in Chicago, IL: (It's the 'dress for work' joke around the 1:00 mark).

Monday, May 07, 2007

I'm all outdoorsy and s#$t

The day after my show in Santa Barbara (I call it "The 'Barb" but no one else does) I decided to climb a hill, Gaviota Peak in Los Padres National Forest to be exact. And here's a picture to prove to my homies back in Brooklyn that I made it to the top.

Cali rocks, btw. Last night I went to my friend's bar for a "Lose Your Pantalones" Seis de Mayo party wherein if you took off your pants at the door and donated them to charity you'd drink half price all night long. This led to a bar full of people in their skivvies dancing to a mariachi band. The mariachis looked terrified when they showed up but they caught on eventually.