I was really pleased to have the 2013 World Champion join me on the show, and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy.
I didn’t know Niklas coming into this season, but we were put in touch by some mutual friends, and he was absolutely incredible and accommodating, considering his tough schedule.
And I think we knocked out a really fun interview. Check it out.
When I started Cullen and a Curler, I did it because curling is full of really great personalities. Because of the lack of mainstream media coverage in curling, when curlers are featured on TV/in interviews, they are often pigeonholed into very brief interviews where they can’t express themselves and are forced into the usual series of post-game quotes about missed opportunities, how well they/their opponent played, etc.
Dean Gemmell started his great podcast, The Curling Show, quite a few years back, and curlers’ personalities began to shine in a longer format. It’s only recently that YouTube has begun to play a role, and it’s about damn time.
I’ve only been able to do 3 Cullen and a Curlers so far, but they’ve amassed almost 6,000 views between the 3, and feedback has been tremendous. There’s no reason why more of this stuff shouldn’t be done by the CCA, CurlingZone(which has just started their own YouTube series, “Far From Home”), and any other curling media outlet. There’s quite clearly a market for this(this Gushue video amassed over 2,000 views overnight), and it only paints our sport in a positive light.
So kudos to Brad, Brett, Adam, and Geoff for putting this together(with what looks like an assist from Al Cameron, CCA Media Director), and let’s see more of this please.
I just had to post this. I’m a huge Aziz fan, and this is a phenomenal interview with him.
He talks a lot about how modern communication is ruining people’s abilities to have relationships with one another. It may be a bit of an obvious/stale topic, but I see it every day in schools and it is a legitimate fear of mine. He addresses it brilliantly. Well worth the read and if you ever doubted Aziz’s intelligence, this should put it to rest.
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.
I’m trying to flex my comedy muscles back into shape after taking about 3 weeks off while I curled and moved.
I have two shows tonight, and I should be performing about 10 minutes at each one. New jokes will be featured.
The first is at Rowan’s Roof, a very cool little spot on 4th Avenue across from Safeway. The line-up is very strong, and the best part is that the show is FREE! So come join us at 8 PM.
The second is a new show, so your support would be very much appreciated. It’s at Pop-Up Pizza on Kingsway, just south of 12th. It starts at 9:30 pm and is a VERY strong line-up featuring some of my local favorites and headlined by Phil Hanley, fresh off an appearance on the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cover is $5 for a very reasonable night of entertainment.
So come join us. Would be nice to see you.