Reviews for the stand up comedians are in – Ivan Decker and Erica Sigurdson – Excellent Comedy

The very nice people at the serious comedy site (and they do take comedy seriously) have begun reviewing thestandupcomedians.com shows at the Waldorft.

The first reviews are for @IvanDecker and @erica_sigurdson – and, well, they really like them.

But, I’ll let the reviews speak for themselves: Read the serious side of comedy’s full review of Ivan Decker here. 

the stand up comedians Ivan Decker comedy special

the stand up comedians Ivan Decker comedy special review

Here’s an excerpt: “Ivan Decker Live at the Waldorf Hotel is an excellent stand-up comedy download mp4. There is not a single low in this 37 minute performance. Decker may be young but he definitely has the chops. The audience’s constant laughter throughout the performance testifies to this. This Live at the Waldorf $5.00 comedy download is part of a series created by Canadians comics based on the “Louis CK model”. The  series features solid performances and production values /…/ you will not go wrong investing in this comedy mp4 even if it is only $5.” You can buy Ivan Decker’s stand up comedy special here http://ivan-decker.thestandupcomedians.com

Read the serious side of comedy’s full review of Erica Sigurdson here.

Erica Sigurdson the stand up comedians comedy special review

Erica Sigurdson the stand up comedians comedy special review

Here’s an excerpt: “The Waldorf Hotel tapings are technically flawless. The Erica Sirgurdson download video is excellent.

Sigurdson does not try to hide her Canadian roots and opens with a local BC bit. It also sets the tone for the rest of the show. Sigurdson does biographical, relationship, and observational material. It is not groundbreaking stuff but it is funny. The routine on color-safe bleach is especially good.

Other good bits include one on Spanx. This is where her self-deprecating humor is at its best. The one on kids is also quite fun. It is followed by a very original routine about her “fridge kid” from one of those sponsor a child outfits.”

Thanks again to the good folks at theseriouscomedysite.com for the kind words.

 

Is stand-up comedy having a resurgence? Some new sites suggest it is

Is stand up comedy having a resurgence? Comedians seem to be in the news a lot lately.

Louis CK does something remarkable every other week. First it was selling his special Live at the Beacon Theatre online directly to fans for $5, then it was selling his comedy tickets himself, and now his TV show Louis is the talk of the town – deservedly so.

In addition to Louis CK, some other comedians have gotten a lot of attention recently, but not for the reasons they’d like. Adam Carolla and Daniel Tosh made some derogatory comments/jokes against women and created short-lived firestorms. In the first case, Carolla trotted out the tired wive’s tale that women aren’t as funny as men…blah blah blah. In the second case, Daniel Tosh was heckled by a woman in the audience who didn’t think his comment that “rape is always funny” was very funny.

A couple of interesting comedy sites have sprung up recently. Most notably, LaughSpin.com and LOLFlix.com. LaughSpin is all comedy news all the time. So far, I’ve been really impressed with it. It’s well laid out and the articles are well-written and well thought out. It’s still early, but I’ve already added it to my daily read list. The second, LOLFlix is a Louis CK-style download site for stand up comedians. You pay $5 and get the special DRM-free. It’s just like thestandupcomedians.com, but with a bigger budget. They have comics like Louie Anderson, Jon Lovitz and Caroline Rhea.

Although it’s a competitive site, I’m hoping that it helps standardize the $5 model. I’m hoping it helps reinforce the idea that it’s okay to pay a few bucks for a comedy special.

Time will tell. We never did hear whether Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan did well with their online specials.

Erica Sigurdson Cancer Sucks $5 Stand-up Comedy Benefit

Cancer sucks! And it affects us all. I lost my father to colon cancer a few years ago.

Well, they say that laughter is the best medicine and for the entire month of July, stand-up comedian Erica Sigurdson (Twitter @erica_sigurdson) will be donating all the money from sales of her $5 comedy special to fight Lymphoma.

Erica has decided to join team theresa in their fight. You can read about Theresa and her team here: http://teamtheresathomson.wordpress.com/

Here’s a message from the website:

“Dear friends –

We have put together this website to bring together as much information for friends, family and supporters of Theresa as she embarks on this courageous journey against Lymphoma.

As many of you may or may not have heard, Theresa was diagnosed in June of this year with cancer.  Of course this devastating news took everyone by surprise but Theresa’s family and friends have quickly jumped into action to stand with her and Chris and the kids to fight this together.

As of right now, the plan is to get Theresa back to Canada so she can undergo treatment surrounded by her Canadian friends and family.  The costs of bringing everyone over as well as needing to pay for treatment out of pocket for the first couple of months are pretty high.

Theresa is doing the hard part – fighting the cancer – let the rest of us worry about everything else.

There are many ways you can help.  If you can donate financially to the cause, please do.  If you have a service or item you can donate for both the live auction and on-line auction, please do.  We will also need volunteers for the fundraising event that will be held on August 18 and others to follow.

In addition to everything else, leave a supportive comment for Theresa and send your positive energy, prayers and thoughts!

With Gratitude,

Team Theresa!”

You can laugh in the face of cancer by downloading Erica’s special and donating to Team Theresa.

The Stand-up Comedians Ivan Decker has a new $5 comedy special

The Stand-up comedians Ivan Decker has a new $5 comedy special. You can watch the whole show at the stand up comedians .com.

Here’s a preview:

And, if that’s not enough for you. Here’s stand-up comedian Ivan Decker’s bio:

Stand-up comedian Ivan Decker is a guy you will probably like. If you
don’t like him, maybe you’re just not good with people. He likes you!
What’s wrong with you? No, there’s nothing wrong with you. You’re
doing your own thing. Anyways, lots of other people like him. He has
appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival and has various TV
and Radio appearances including his own half-hour comedy special on
CTV and as a guest on both the radio and the television versions of
the popular CBC program titled “the Debaters.” He was also voted the
#1 comedian in Vancouver by judges in the 2011 Vancouver Comedy
Showdown. Ivan performs comedy regularly around Vancouver, he smiles
at babies everywhere and gets mad at wolf spiders when they are in his
shower.

Ivan was also featured in the “Georgia Straight” as part of the 2008
fall arts preview “who to watch” in Vancouver.
Ivan is thrilled to be part of the stand-up comedians project and to
have recorded his latest comedy special at the Waldorf Hotel.

Ivan Decker The Stand-up comedians

Ivan Decker The Stand-up Comedians has a new comedy special available DRM-free for $5

Download Ivan’s new DRM-free comedy special for $5 here.

The Stand-up Comedians’ Erica Sigurdson has a brand new comedy special

The Stand-up Comedians’ Erica Sigurdson (Twitter: @erica_sigurdson)has a brand new comedy special out and it’s available here for $5.

Here’s a trailer for Erica’s show:

The reviews are in and they recognize that Erica Sigurdson’s stand-up comedy is absolutely brilliant. This puts the entire “Are Women Funny” question to rest. For good.

Erica is promoting her special in a very unique way, she’s created stand-up comedy cards that she’ll be leaving on the tables at various stand-up comedy venues. If you’re lucky enough to find one – hang on to it – I’m sure it’ll be a collector’s item soon enough. Or, just put it up on your fridge and pretend that the cute little kid is your very own.

Here’s what it looks like:

The stand-up comedians Erica Sigurdson

It’s Erica Sigurdson’s comedy card – it’s a way for her to promote her new stand-up comedy special

Here’s Erica’s Bio:

Based in Vancouver BC, stand-up comedian Erica Sigurdson is a dominating force in the Canadian Comedy scene as well as an award-winning writer.  Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I., Sudbury and Vancouver Comedy Festivals.

In addition to countless televised festival appearances, Erica has recorded her own Comedy Now! Special for CTV as well visiting Kandahar in 2006 to record a television special for CBC called Stand-Up in Kandahar which aired in the spring of 2007.

Erica just finished working as a story editor on season one of the new CBC comedy Mr. D.  She has also written for a CTV television variety-show pilot, CBC situational comedy pilot and most notably co-wrote The 21rst Annual Gemini Awards for which she and co-writer Peter Kelamis were awarded a Leo Award for ‘Best Screenwriting in a Comedy, Music or Variety Program or Series’.

Erica is a regular contributor to CBC radio programs, including The Current and Definitely Not The Opera and has been featured on the smash-hit radio show The Debaters a record twenty times.

Erica recorded a brand new comedy special at the legendary Cabaret Room of the Waldorf Hotel. Watch the special now for only $5.

 

 

Stand-up Comedian Patrick Maliha has a new comedy special

Stand-up comedian Patrick Maliha was part of the standupcomedians.com project and has just released his new show.Here’s a taste. This is definitely NSFW, but it’s very funny.

You can watch the full 1-hour long comedy special at thestandupcomedians.com
Just so you know what you’re in for in terms of the comedy, here’s Patrick Maliha’s bio:
Patrick Maliha

Stand-up comedian, Patrick Maliha’s act has been described as a Triple
XXX Ray Romano meets a 21st Century Don Rickles. Originally from
Thunder Bay, Patrick now makes his home in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. A
professional Stand-up comedian & talented impressionist, Patrick has
Headlined and MC’ed various shows at a multitude of comedy clubs,
festivals and corporate events through out Canada and the U.S.

In 2008 and 2009 he was voted Favourite Vancouver Comedian in the
prestigious Georgia Straight Best Of Awards and has been featured on
CBC radio, XM and Sirius satellite radio’s various comedy programs.
Patrick broke through the television barrier with his stand-up in 2011
when he was featured on Bite TV’s Stand-Up and Bite Me and his 1 hour
Comedy Now special aired on CTV and The Comedy Network. Currently,
Patrick is a columnist for TV Week Magazine and the world record
holder for most impressions in one minute beating out the previous
record holder, former SNL’er Dana Carvey.

No matter how you slice it Patrick Maliha is very funny, one of
Vancouver’s pre-eminent Stand-up Comedians and according to his Mom,
“Funnier when he doesn’t swear so much.”

Learn more about the Patrick Maliha’s in your area by cyberstalking
him on Facebook or via Twitter: @PattyFatty

Patrick was also on the Urban Rush show today promoting the People’s Champ Comedy Competition – you can watch it here:

News1130 did a story on the stand up comedians website

Hey check it out, News 1130 did a story on the stand up comedians .com website. You can read the whole thing here: http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/378835–vancouver-based-website-creates-a-new-venue-to-watch-comedy

Here is an except:

“There’s a new place to catch local comedy – but it’s not a venue. All you need is a computer, smartphone or iPad and five bucks.

The idea behind TheStandUpComedians.com was inspired by Louis CK, who released his stand-up special for $5 on his website. That way he was able to cut out the middleman.

So local funny man Paul Breau decided to launch something similar using Vancouver performers.

“Some Canadian comedians got together and decided to pool our resources and see if we could do the same thing,” he explains. “Often times, local comics couldn’t afford to do that kind of thing on their own.”

Comedians like Graham Clark (Twitter: @grahamclark), Charlie Demers (Twitter: @charliedemers) and Erica Sigurdson (Twitter: @erica_sigurdson) filmed a set in front of a live audience at the Waldorf Hotel. So far, the model is proving to be extremely popular.

“They don’t have to deal with any ads at all, they just pay $5 and download it,” he says. “They can watch it on their commute.”

A new comedian is featured every week.”

The support for this project has been fantastic. I can’t thank everyone enough.

Special Thanks to Elly Lev and everyone at News1130.

Check out the stand up comedians new site – great comedy specials only $5

The Story Behind www.the stand up comedians .com

The idea for the comedy site came after watching Louis CK’s Live at the Beacon Theatre stand-up show. His DIY-style digital download site was a game changer. Fans could buy his comedy for $5 and do whatever they wanted with it. He wasn’t the first to do it, but he was the first comedian. And the idea that artists, even comedians, could deal directly with fans was very cool. Once Louis CK did it, other big name comedians quickly followed: Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan both came out with their own downloadable website specials shortly after. I wondered if the same model could work for lesser-known comics.

Before settling into parenthood, I’d been a stand-up comedian in Canada for over ten years and I’d gotten to know a lot of really great comics. I think Canada produces some of the best stand-up comedians in the world and I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of them. And, as I started talking to local comedians about doing something similar to what Louis did, everyone loved the idea. Unfortunately, none of them had both the financial resources and technical expertise to pull it off. I want to be clear. No one is comparing their act to Louis CK and no one expects to get his kind of volume of traffic. But the idea of a DRM-free, internet distribution model that would bring them closer to fans and potentially give them a little extra money was very appealing. As you can probably guess, making a living as a comedian (or any entertainer for that matter) is a very hard thing to do.

And that’s where I came in. In addition to stand-up comedy, I also have a background in video and multimedia production. I decided to put a strong video and web team together and get this project done. And that’s when things started to take shape. Getting the comics would be the easy part. Almost everyone I approached was onboard with the idea. Thanks to @GrahamClark @Ivan Decker @EricaSigurdson @CharlieDemers @Dylan Rhymer and all the others rolled up their sleeves and dove right in.

Finding a venue, selling the tickets and capturing the shows and getting them up onto a website would be the real challenge. I started working with Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself, Comedy Now and CBC’s The Debaters) on finding a suitable room to film the shows. After looking all over the city, we settled on the idea of shooting at the Legendary Cabaret Room in The Waldorf Hotel.

In order to make the site financially feasible, we’d have to work on economies of scale. We decided to have two comedians per night over 5 nights. The comics started selling tickets and I started booking the crew and building the website. And somehow, despite all the odds, we managed to pull it off. I want to thank the Vancouver comedy community and everyone who came out to our shows to support us. A special thank-you goes out to Guy McPherson and the Georgia Straight for helping us get the word out at the very start.

Basically, the stand-up comedians website was developed to give an opportunity to all the hardworking comedians out there that don’t have the capital or technical expertise to develop and market to the new DRM free, internet distribution model. That’s the great thing about social media – it gives artists the chance to relate directly with their fans. Vancouver Is Awesome (@VIAwesome) and Maximum Fun have also been great.

A group of ten Stand Up Comedians have banded together to spread out the capital costs and create a website that is both individual (i.e. each comedian gets their own homepage) and comprehensive (many different comedy styles). Comedy fans, can watch free previews and pick what they like: male, female, silly, raunchy, political, smart, stupid – you name it – we’re going to put it up on the stand-up comedians website. All we care about is the comedy.

As the site grows in popularity we’ll be adding more and more comedians from as many different regions of Canada and the US as possible. But we also hope to feature comedians from around the world.

Drop us a line at contact@thestandupcomedians.com – we’d love to hear what you think.

Thanks everyone,

Paul Breau @pbreau and the stand-up comedians

Here are some comedy links to get you started, the first is Graham Clark:

Next, we’ve got Ivan Decker:

Next, it’s Charlie Demers:

Up next, it’s Erica Sigurdson:

And, last, but by no means least, Dylan Rhymer: