With the clock ticking down on SketchFest (tickets still available here) and the excitement building I just wanted to let everyone know about the exciting week we have planned next week. It will be our celebration of Canadian comedy! As well as our episode with four astounding Canadian talents recording this Saturday about an American show that is steeped in Canadian comedy history we will also be releasing 5 days of interviews where we sat with the Canadian Juno nominees.
So, tune into the podcast Monday for our hot from the stage Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival episode. This will practically be fresh from the stage and straight to your ears! Then Tuesday through Saturday we'll be releasing interviews with Chanty Marostica, Dave Merheje, Debra DiGiovanni, Mayce Galoni and Pat Thornton each nominees for the 2019 Best Comedy Album Juno!
Tune in Sunday to the Junos and see who wins but listen to them talk about their craft and their album ahead of time on the podcast and celebrate Canadian comedy with us.
In this terrific episode Jason and Matt sit down with performer and teacher Jess Grant and writer and performer Tracy Hamilton to discuss the amazing and awesome album Ask Me About My New God! by Maria Bamford. During this conversation we have the joy of discussing the bright darkness that is Maria Bamford's comedy along with its healing power and inspirational qualities.
Just a reminder tickets for our live show on March 9th at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival are now available. Get your tickets here!
It's with great excitement we announce we are returning to the stage for a live podcast recording! Jason will be sitting down at 5:00 PM on March the 9th with an all star panel including Robin Duke of SCTV and Saturday Night Live fame, Kerri Donaldson and Allie Entwistle of the sketch duo Brunch and Brandon Hackett from Second City and the Sketchersons. Along with Matt Ardill they discuss the 1976 Saturday Night Live cast recording taken from the first season of the storied sketch comedy television programme.
Listen to the album and send us your questions for a chance to include them in this show.
Tickets are on sale now from the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival! We hope to see you there!
We catch up with one of our very first guests Olivia Stadler (@ostadz). We have a great conversation about her last year and a half in the comedy world and how she's experienced her journey as well as the terrific new comedy show case she produces at The Comedy Bar called Literally Dead! It's a terrific conversation that touches on her inspirations, how dance has informed her performance style and some funny (and not so funny) experiences. Thanks to Olivia for coming back and we look forward to checking in down the road.
Additionally I'm happy to share that we are joining the lineup of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival! We will be returning to stage for a live show, guests and album to be announced soon but you can get your tickets to hear us live at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival website. We look forward to seeing you there.
We (Jason, Helena and Matt) had the joy of sitting down with Martha O'Neill and Andrew Fleming to discuss Robin Williams' debut album Reality... What A Concept. If you don't do drugs you'll surely feel like you've done them after going down the rabbit hole of Willams' album Reality... What a Concept. His rapid fire delivery, his off the cuff improvisational jokes and his pure joy is infectious and even when some of the panel may not have got the jokes they felt better for having listened to it.
For the full experience also listen to our earlier episode A Night At The Met with Robin Williams featuring Peter Hill and Sharilyn Johnson which is truly an interesting juxtaposition. Over the course of a few short years Robin dramatically changes his style and structure and when compared it really illustrates the scope of his talent.
Thanks for listening and remember before enjoying the podcast listen to the album for the full experience.
Jason, Helena Marie and Matt sit down to talk about their favourite holiday movies that are part of their holiday traditions. Jason and Helena selected holiday classics National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. Matt selected the cultish comedy mock-musical AD/BC: A Rock Opera... of course. Here them talk about their holiday favourites and share yours with us in the comments or on our face book page. We'll be back in the new year and have a happy holidays!
My first day of improv was exciting, I had not been to a class like this since my days in high school which were terrifyingly far in my past. Seriously, those last 25 years just snuck up on me! Stepping into The Second City Training Centre was energizing. The space (above Gretzky’s restaurant since since 2005) is three stories up. The stairs are dark but with quotes from famous alumni getting you excited for your class. It opens into a large white space, there’s a welcome desk on your left and comfy chairs and tables where people can gather and chat as well as computers where students could connect to the internet. Despite being shortly after 11 am on a Sunday the room was electric. There were people waiting for classes gathered and chatting with their friends. Parents were waiting for kids who were taking improv classes for children and teens and staff pointed people to the right spots for their first day of classes.
I have until recently approached comedy from the perspective of the enthusiastic enthusiast, I never considered myself a professional and at most I felt I was a comedy nerd with respect for the craft and an obsession with the structure. Yes, in the past I had helped around the writing table of a comedy burlesque troupe, but it was in a supportive role to a bunch of people who were infinitely funnier than I. (I think my biggest contribution in several years of involvement was to come up with the idea of Ed Wood performing Rocket Man in the style of William Shatner... trust me, it worked on stage.) Aside from that, my experience in comedy was confined to watching it lovingly from the audience.
In this week's episode Courtney Gilmour comes back to talk about her experiences as a stand up comedian. It's a great chat with a hilarious person and where we get to hear about everything from why she selected Kid Gorgeous as her album for the panel show to doing jokes in the nude. To find out more about her shows check out her Twitter, Instagram or Facebook group.
In our second panel episode from our shiny new studio space we sat down with comedians Courtney Gilmour (@CourtGilmour) and Ryan Dillon (@TheRyanDillon) to discuss the amazing album John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City. We chat about assembly, sex ed and this incredible album by this gifted writer and teller of jokes.
Matthew Ardill & Jason Deline
Partners in crime we collaborate to create the Comedy Album Book Club, a deep dive into comedy history.