Ben McGinnis started performing stand-up comedy in his native Vancouver in 2007 and won the Vancouver’s funniest comic with a day job competition the following year. The highlight of his career was performing at the Best of the Fest Gala at the Vancouver ComedyFest. The best piece of advice he’s received from a fellow comic is: ‘it just doesn’t work if you stare at the floor’. Armed with a caustic wit, Ben has been making furtive eye contact with audiences across Western Canada ever since.
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 Clarkwill 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.”
Stop Podcasting Yourself’s Graham Clark is performing in London, England
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 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
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.”
If you like lighthearted sexual humour, Patrick Maliha’s Live at the Waldorf special is the one for you. If you’re easily offended or hate The Simpsons for some reason, steer clear.
Maliha’s special perfectly captures what it’s like to see him live. Everything is intact, from his pseudo-improvised delivery of tried and true material to his penchant for Cosby impressions and even his most disgustingly NSFW bit.
I’ve seen better sets from Maliha. But I’ve also seen many audiences that appreciated his style more. It almost seems, in spots, like the Live at the Waldorf audience didn’t quite know what to do with him. As a home viewer, it makes for a bit of a weird dynamic.
All that notwithstanding, though, this was fun. Maliha is a pleasure to watch – he’s relaxed, in complete control and obviously enjoying himself. There’s not a lot of earth-shattering insight here, but there are several dick jokes and some really great impressions. And really, what more does anyone want?
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:
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:
Here’s a short bio on stand-up comedians Charlie Demers:
Charles Demers was born and raised in Vancouver. He is an activist and
comedian, a regular performer on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, and
co-host of Citytv’s comedic panel show The Citynews List in Vancouver.
In 2005, he was the judges’ choice for Vancouver’s funniest new comic;
since then he has been featured on national radio, in print, as well
as in festivals and live venues across Canada and the Pacific
Northwest and with Paul Bae as the sketch duo “Bucket”–the act Robin
Williams called “the future of comedy.”
Charlie Demers has published two books: a novel entitled The
Prescription Errors and a collection of essays called Vancouver
Special. The latter was nominated for a Hubert Evans Non-Fiction
Charlie Demers is a stand-up comic who lives in Vancouver.
Download Charlie Demer’s new comedy special for $5 DRM-free.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.