While I’m not going to be discussing too many of my shows in this space, I just want to talk a bit about last night.
I had two shows last night. The first was a lot of fun, it was at one of my favorite rooms, layout-wise, in the city, Rowan’s Roof. The showrunner Chip Ellis is a great guy, takes care of comics, is well-organized, and the shows are always fun. Sometimes the show struggles to find an audience, but last night had a crowd of an attentive 60, and it was great.
However, I’m writing this post because mostly I wanted to talk more on the other show. I headed across town to perform at Pop-Up Pizza. Well, at a room previously used for storage that has no fixed title and sits next door to the (now defunct) Pop-Up. I walked in to the incredibly small space, and was amazed to find that 20-25 people had somehow found their way in to this little den for the show.
As it was when I played music, I’ve always had the most fun doing comedy in a small room with a small, yet appreciative, audience. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of performing with Brett Martin and Simon King at a bar out by my old place in White Rock. There were maybe 30 people there, but the three of us still talk about the magic that was in the air that night. There’s something about the intimacy of a small crowd that just seems to make everything hit harder, everything feel more real, and small shows can be just a ton of fun.
I love performing for lots of people too, but last night was a refreshing change and I really hope that room continues to get some love so that its showrunner, Brendan Bourque, can continue to make things happen there. It also helped that last night’s line-up featured a few of my favorite comics in the city in James Masters and Phil Hanley, and the crowd loved my new joke.
But still. It was great. I encourage you to check it out if you can soon.