Graham Clark is in London United Kingdom – if you get the chance check him out

Stand up comedian Graham Clark is going to London, Engladn.

Thought I’d share this in case you hadn’t heard. The Stand Up Comedians Graham Clark is going to be performing in London, England. If you can you should check him out. If it’s sold out, you can always download his stand-up comedy special here.

Here’s the write-up (or, one of them anyway)

“Comedy Legend Graham Clark will be crossing the pond for a special gig at the Comedy Café Theatre in London on Friday 27th July. The winner of the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off and co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself makes his long awaited return in this rare one-off solo show. With support from Steve N Allen.”

Graham Clark in London, England

Stop Podcasting Yourself’s Graham Clark is performing in London, England

Tickets are available online at www.comedycafe.co.uk.

 

Graham Clark’s the stand up comedians comedy $5 comedy special

The stand up comedians project (http://thestandupcomedians.com) (Twitter: @canadiancomics) probably wouldn’t have happened without the support (and brilliant comedic mind) of Graham Clark (Twitter: @grahamclark). Or, as I like to call him – the great bearded one.

Graham Clark is co-host of the very popular and funny podcast entitled: Stop Podcasting Yourself on Maximum Fun.

Graham was the first stand-up comedian to release a special on the stand up comedians website – and, if you haven’t watched it – you’re really missing out. Pure brilliance.

Here’s a couple of teasers/previews:


Download Graham Clark’s full comedy special for $5 at http://graham-clark.thestandupcomedians.com

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.

 

Six more stand up comedians have announced they will tape $5 comedy specials at the Waldorf

With the success of the stand up comedians .com website, six more of Vancouver’s favourite comedians will be filming Live at the Waldorf specials at the end of the month.

The specials will be released using the direct-to-fans model, which allow the comedians to be seen as they were meant to be – no commercial breaks and no edited jokes – and it allows them to connect directly with fans of their work.

This type of direct-to-fans model was first made popular by American comedian Louis CK and soon other popular comics followed suit, most notably: Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan.

In May, ten local comics – including Graham Clark, Charlie Demers, Ivan Decker, Erica Sigurdson, Dylan Rhymer, Paul Bae and more – filmed specials at the Waldorf Hotel for direct-to-fans release via thestandupcomedians.com. Now six more of Vancouver’s finest are set to film their own specials.

The tapings will be done in pairs, and tickets for each show are $10. The specials will cost $5 each when they are available for download. Click the links below for ticketing information.

The show schedule is as follows:

You’ll be able to buy any or all of the Live at the Waldorf specials as they are released at thestandupcomedians.com. 

The Stand-Up Comedians’ Dylan Rhymer has a new comedy special for $5 Reviews are Great

If you’ve never heard/read/seen Dylan Rhymer’s Stand-up comedy. Then you are missing out. He writes a really funny satirical newsletter called StateOftheWeek – you can check it out here.

There’s a great write-up by the Comedy Killers about Dylan Rhymer’s The Stand-up Comedians $5 comedy special. You can buy the special here.

You can read the entire review here. This is a short excerpt:

“It takes guts to go up onstage and talk about the hypocrisy of religion (Western and otherwise) and the challenges of being a pro-choicer. It’s even gutsier to do so when you know you’re being recorded. Rhymer doesn’t shy away from these topics, and I like that.

In these jokes, Rhymer captures all the hypocrisy-induced rage of being poor in a world-class city, and being left-leaning in a world that still, inexplicably, leans to the right. He’s almost incoherent with frustration in some spots, and you can’t help but feel his pain.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Rhymer’s got a flair for the theatrical, too. He acts out everything from an elderly version of himself to farting on pro-choicers in an elevator. It adds a bit of silliness to the mix, making what may otherwise have been slightly off-putting cynicism something friendlier and more relatable.”

If that doesn’t make you want to buy the $5 special – maybe these teasers will.

And, if that’s still not enough, here’s Dylan Rhymer’s bio:

In the fifteen years that he has been performing stand-up comedy,
Dylan Rhymer has emerged as one of Canada’s most prolific and
passionate satirical minds. He has drawn comparisons to comic legends
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Bill Hicks. not afraid to embrace
subjects such as religion, abortion, suicide, media brainwashing, war
and blind nationalism, his perspective is always thoughtful,
provocative, brutally honest and very, very funny.

Dylan Rhymer has appeared on
CTV’s Comedy Now!
CBC’s The Debaters
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Chicago Sketchfest
Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Seattle)
Newfoundland Screech Comedy Festival
Canwest Comedy Festival (Vancouver)
Hubcap Comedy Festival
The hit game Scarface The World is Yours where he created, wrote and
voiced the character Dick Hackney, obnoxious 80’s stand-up comedian .
It was a  dream gig.. Seriously. You can totally blow his brains out
and everything.

in 2001 he and a rag-tag bunch of comedians created the laugh gallery
in Vancouver as a means to get stage time and wrangle free burritos
out of a kind Salvadoran lady on commercial drive in Vancouver. it
quickly became the hub of the west coast alt-comedy scene. since its
inception it has featured Zach Galifianakis, Brent Butt, Flight of the
Conchords, Sean Majumder and many, many amazing Vancouver comedians
who don;t make nearly as much money as those famous guys i just
mentioned. It is now the longest-running comedy show in Vancouver.

He is co-creator and performer in Vancouver’s seminal political news
parody group Blackout Broadcast and satirical fake-news blog Dylan
Rhymer’s state of the week. www.stateoftheweek.ca

Dylan Rhymer, along with comedian Baljeet Rai are the creators of
online series nature: red in tooth and claw.  Fans across the globe
tune in to watch the hopelessly inept, alcoholic, ignorant, racist,
homophobic nature show presenter Weston Biggerstaff.

Dylan Rhymer is a stand-up comedian and lives in East Vancouver. By
choice, dammit.

Download Dylan’s new comedy special for only $5 – DRM-free.

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:

Vancouver stand up comedians ready for download – a la Louis CK

http://www.straight.com/article-686681/vancouver/comics-ready-download

People were asking about how the idea for the stand up comedians website came about. I posted a piece about it earlier, but I thought Guy MacPherson‘s article in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight did a really good job laying it out – so, I thought I’d put a link to the article here.

Stand-up comedians Paul Breau and Dylan Rhymer

Vancouver stand-up comedians Paul Breau and Dylan Rhymer

Here’s a short except:

“I think it’s an idea whose time has come,” says Rhymer, who, along with Sigurdson, performs on Saturday. “How long has the Internet been around? Music figured this out a long time ago. They stopped being beholden to the record labels ages ago.”

Rhymer, like several of the other comics on the bill, has had his own Comedy Now! special on CTV. The problem with those vehicles is the made-for-TV aspect of them, where the performer looks like he is directing his act to the camera rather than the live audience. Add the fact they’re heavily edited and saddled with laugh tracks, and the result is often stilted-looking.

“The great thing with what Paul Breau is doing here,” he says, “is, because it’s online, I can do as much time as I want, I can say whatever the hell I want, and it’s not going to be censored.”

Rhymer is an issues-oriented comic who takes on religion, politics, and corporations both on-stage and online, at his site Stateoftheweek.ca.

“I would love to be sued by Monsanto,” he jokes about the genetically-modified-seed giant. “If I couldn’t make hay out of that, then I should just quit. I fantasize about being sued by Stephen Harper. It would be the best thing ever for my career. Because I would lose and I would just declare bankruptcy.”

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: