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. 

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: