It’s Showtime.

Now that curling season is essentially over, it’s time for me to head into what I call my “comedy season”. It’s a bit backwards, since most comedians view the summer as a disaster for laughter(people create their own good times in the sun or something, it’s bullshit basically), but it’s my reality.

So I’m kicking it off with a really interesting month of shows. One of the things I love about comedy is that there are many different forms it can take, and I love the idea of doing different kinds of shows, especially those that require me to write just for that show specifically. For some reason, I have a bunch of those shows in the next month. Let’s take a look:

What:Rain City Chronicles x Sad Mag’s Love Hangover
When: Saturday, February 15th @ 7:30 PM
Where: Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings

Rain City Chronicles is a Vancouver collective who organize storytelling nights across our fair city. Pairing with Sad Magazine, they’re using the day after Valentine’s Day to have storytellers spin tales of love, lost love, missed connections, daydreams, and everything in between.

I’ll be telling the story of a pretty ridiculous first date I had just about this time last year. You will laugh. And feel bad for me.

What: Rapp Battlez Wezt Coazt Round 11
When: Saturday, February 22 @ 9 PM
Where: Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E 26th Avenue
How: Tickets at the door for $10

As some of you may know, I am a pretty big hip-hop fan, so when I first heard about this show, I wanted to get involved in a big way. The basic concept is that comedians/improvisers/general cool people battle rap each other in the funniest style possible.

But it’s not just the usual collection of “you suck” digs at another person. Each battle is costumed and themed, with some recent highlights featuring Oprah vs. a Raptor, John vs. Yoko, Powder vs. Teen Wolf, and the main actor in a play vs. a stagehand.

I’m not sure what my battle is yet, but I can’t WAIT for this one.

What: Teen Angst Night
When: Sunday, February 23 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St.
How: Tickets at the door for 10 sheckles

This night is curated by Sara Bynoe, a woman-about-town who runs several interesting nights, and this being the highlight.

At this show, I will be sharing some of the poems I wrote as a teenager. Yep. I still have them. Everyone on this show’s job is to dig up some old poems, journals, love letters, etc. and read them on stage, so everyone can share in your embarrassment.

I am frightened.

What: Wes Barker Plays the Vogue(and I open)
When: Saturday, March 8 @ 8 PM
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

This show will be unique in that it’s the first time I’ll have ever played a theatre. The Vogue is one of Vancouver’s oldest venues, and I am so stoked that my good buddy and unbelievable magician Wes Barker asked me to open for him.

I’m going to be taping my set for an upcoming YouTube special, and it’s going to be one hell of a night. I can’t wait. Hope you can join me.