Comedian J.D. Renaud takes you into the depths of the comedy mindset in this fascinating series on what it's really like to try to make a living telling jokes in front of a crowd.

Amplified Idiots: The Inexplicable Rise of the Winnipeg Comedy Scene

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  June 24, 2013 @ 10:53pm

Winnipeg has one of the most diverse and pound-for-pound funniest comedy scenes in Canada. The problem is, it's in Winnipeg.

Over the past decade, and even more-so in the past five years, the comics in my desolate stomping ground have been growing into impressive and formidable comedy beasts. Winnipeg is no stranger to fostering rich and healthy arts communities.

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Amplified Idiots: "Hecklers" - Tortured Artists Torturing Artists

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  January 22, 2013 @ 12:45pm

Heckling is an art form.

It's not a very appreciated art form, but it is still a creative vocation deserving of our attention and respect. Unfortunately, it's also one of those amorphous, pretentious art forms. You know, like jazz fusion or interpretive dance.

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Amplified Idiots: The Angry Place

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  November 29, 2012 @ 2:19am

I have written a lot of material about things I've hated. The reaction has been hit or miss.

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JFL42: The 3 Things Wrong With the Best Thing Ever

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  October 5, 2012 @ 7:58pm

"Welcome to JFL42, the world's most confusing comedy festival.

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Amplified Idiots: The Hilarious Art of Ruining Your Life

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  July 26, 2011 @ 11:01am

Recently, I've considered getting myself back into the dating game. I'm a young guy, decent odor, relatively disease-free. It's not unrealistic to think I'd enjoy myself if I gave dating some serious effort.

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Amplified Idiots: J.D's 24 Hour Pogues St. Patrick's Day (Live Blog)

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  March 17, 2011 @ 2:02am

All day today, I will be listening to 'Streams of Whiskey' by The Pogues for 24 solid hours.

Yes, really.

Let me start this off by just saying that I do not hate myself. I doubt you believe that, but It's true.

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Amplified Idiots: The Interrogative Comic

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  January 6, 2011 @ 3:35pm

Have you ever read the book 'The Interrogative Mood' by Padgett Powell? Would you be interested to read it if I told you that the book's main claim to fame is that every single sentence in it is a question? Would you believe me if I told you that it is really quite g

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Amplified Idiots: How To Stop Enjoying Open Mic Comedy Before It's Too Late

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  December 16, 2010 @ 2:19pm

I mark every show I play on my calendar. The year is not yet over, but I counted this year's total the other day out of curiosity. Fear not though, loyal reader. I will not pester you with the details of my public displays of mediocrity. Saying the number here would only be masturbatory on my part. Not only that, but the worst kind of masturbatory.

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Amplified Idiots

Posted by: J.D. Renaud  //  November 23, 2010 @ 11:03pm

Hello, internet. My name is J.D. Renaud. I am a stand up comedian living in Winnipeg. There are a lot of other things wrong with me, too, but we will get to that later.

My first time doing stand up was at a contest held by a (re: the only) comedy club in Winnipeg. If you're curious as to how that went, I'll tell you. I bombed. Fantastically so.

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