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.
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.
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. It's not very fun to watch, I'm always surprised when people say they like it, and those who practice it usually smell like hot, wet onions.
I have written a lot of material about things I've hated. The reaction has been hit or miss. Well, if I was being honest, I'd say the reaction is generally more 'miss' than 'hit'.
"Welcome to JFL42, the world's most confusing comedy festival. Hey, you know how you usually buy tickets to see shows? Yeah, we're not gonna do that." - Todd Barry
JFL42, for those not in the know, is Toronto's brand spankin' new comedy festival, serving as an offshoot of the regular Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
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. I quickly shot the idea down though, when I stepped back to analyze what I saw as The Big Picture; "Well, if I did have a girlfriend, it's not likely that would last for long.
All day today, I will be listening to 'Streams of Whiskey' by The Pogues for 24 solid hours.
Let me start this off by just saying that I do not hate myself. I doubt you believe that, but It's true. I've done this once before by listening to 'Christmas in Hollis' by Run DMC all day on Christmas, and the experience was one that I'll likely never forget.
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.
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. It was magnificent, I tell you.