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.