Saturday, 11 April 2015

Stand-up mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel

I gots some opinions OK so listen up.

Everyone (Jezebel included) seemed to be really critical about Madonna's comedy debut. I mean like, I'm not concerned for Madonna's feelings here; she is a legend, an icon, MADONNA.

I'm not actually a huge fan btw, I grew up during her "Music... makes the people, come together..." ft. Ali G phase, which wasn't great (although I realized this after I purchased the album and listened to it like 100 times, so Madonna still came out on top).

Anyway, my opinion on Madonna is therefore relatively unbiased.

And I think that her stand-up debut was cool!

a. It was great to see a World Famous Icon Of Fame looking so natural and exposed. I think it really goes to show how intimate stand-up is; there's no filter to it. Even during interviews, thoughts/feelings/emotions are pretty premeditated or coerced. But stand-up is literally just stuff that naturally occurred to you walking around in your own head, that you decided to regurgitate in public. It's a weird form of entertainment when you think about it, and I think seeing someone so completely familiar to us, but in this setting, proves how strange a medium it really is. And I thought she was  funny!

b. I watch a lot of amateur comedy, but before I got into comedy I had only seen a couple of amateur shows. Unless you're a comedy nut, you probably base all of your comedic references on super established, super funny, famous comedians. Famous comedians have put 10 years worth of teeny iterations into their material to get it that reliably funny. That's not to say that amateur comedy isn't funny, it's hilarious and watching comedy live is always great as laughing is contagious and seeing people try stuff out can be exciting and there can be some really unique, spontaneous laughs. This went a bit off topic - point being that you can't expect someones first year or so in comedy to be like a Netflix special, but it can still be hilarious to go see live.

c. Most importantly; I think the reaction to this and her recent fall at the Brit awards plays nicely into the rhetoric that women over the age of 'conventionally sexy' can no longer be taken seriously/respected/celebrated unless they are Merryl Streep and just super demure.

So GO YOU MADONNA. You're paving the way for me to be a young living, kick ass-ing, comedian-ing woman for (fingers crossed) many years to come! And booooo to you Jezebel for not having her back here!

Friday, 10 April 2015

It's a low, low, low, low, happening

Hello youuuuuuu...

Just to remind you that come see this show on Saturday plllzzzzzz:

Really looking forward to it! 

I have been super busy recently and I am away next week but I am trying to keep going with the comedy stuff as it is lots of fun and I miss not doing it. 

This week I decided to swing by a workshop open mic night: 

WORKSHOP / Open mic @ The Central on Tuesday's @ 6.30pm

It was super helpful to get some feedback from a totally new group of comedians, and it's on my way home from work so it's pretty handy! 

It's probably been the longest I have gone without doing a show in a little while so I forget how nerve wracking it is going up in front of a bunch of skeptical strangers and just saying words you thought sounded funny in your head a little while ago. But the more times you do it the more you realize that even if not a single person laughs (hey, I have done this in front of an audience of 5 people), you go home in one piece and no one really remembers / gives a shit except you.

On that note, little tangent, I think that possibly, everyone just goes around in their  heads all day worrying about how they come across, what they said/shouldn't have said to their boss this morning... blah blah blah... but everyones so wrapped up in their own internal business that they're probably not thinking about you right now, ok.

I think that doing stand up and also going to a lot of comedy shows has helped my perspective a huge amount in 'real life'. 

The point being; what you take away from seeing a show is just an overall feeling of like, oh that was fun, kind of thing. No one really nit picks every little thing you do, except you. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sistering Success


I meant to do a blog post on what a success Kris Jenner's Komedy Kids was - thanks SO MUCH to everyone who came :) I had a lot of fun and we raised money for an awesome organization!

Yes - that's right - people actually came to an event that I put on. Crazy I know I was so surprised and happy!!

Thanks so much to all my comedy pals for performing also, they were hilarious as always :)

She's a brain with bouncy hair; I can't compete.

Lots of fun comedy goings on have been going on in the last few weeks as many of my Comedy Girl pals are taking part in a comedy festival called Empire Comedy Brawl, which runs over the spring/summer with the top prize being $1,000 (plus yay you won). 

Anyway,  there are +350 comedians competing this year so it's a long competition, but my Comedy Girl class mates have been doing awesome so far!

If you would like (please please please please please please x 1,094,239,843,984) to come vote for me in this competition, please (please... etc) come to this one:

Lucky for me, it's right next to my house so I get to go see (most) of my friend's awesome shows :D

In other news, the Comedy Girl classes taught by Dawn Whitwell at the Comedy Bar were featured in an awesome article in the Globe and Mail, you can read that here... It's such a great article. 

Plus my friend at work pointed out that I can now use this quote in 'promotional materials' hehe...

"Deadpanning Brit Theresa Ramirez... It ends up being a pretty funny bit." - Globe and Mail

The classes were a great way to get into the incredible comedy community surrounding the Comedy Bar.  Love that place (it's essentially my second home). And as I have said like a million times, Dawn is awesome. You know this, I know this, I say it all the time, duh.

FINALLY I am doing this show next week:

I have a bio for West End Girls which I am ridiculously excited about and keep showing people, sorry. Not that big of a deal but w/e.