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Posted From My iPhone

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by brendanmckeigan

I’m currently sitting at the back of the room at Absolute Comedy, waiting to close out the Open Mic Monday show. Then I realized I didn’t write something for today. I’ve spent the last ten minutes trying to figure out how to access my admin page from my phone.

Apparently I’m not as technologically savvy as I thought. But now I know! So I can type until my thumbs are sore! Which is now.

Kidding. But on a totally unrelated topic, there is a girl at this show who won’t shut up. She’s not in the best of shape, and she’s wearing an Andre the Giant, black, one shoulder shirt, and her boob is pouring out. I’d say popping, but that would be a lie. She walked by and it was pouring into her armpit. Seriously ladies, tuck that shit in.

And please don’t give me flack for that, there’s appropriate attire to wear, and dressing like an 80′s wrestler isn’t it for anybody.

Anywho, I have to go. Getting close to show time. I hope they start behaving.

P.S. I’m gonna start wearing short, mesh 80′s football jerseys that aren’t for any particular team, just to play fair.

Canada Laughs! Interview on XM Radio

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Today I was fortunate enough to be a part of “Canada Laughs” on XM Radio. Hosted by the very funny, and all around great dude, Ben Miner; who is also in the Top 50 for Master Chef Canada! Is there anything he can’t do?

It was great because most times as a comic, you feel pressured to be funny or act like you’re on stage while you’re doing radio. Thankfully, Ben is more about just conversing with comics. Very natural, just like we were hanging out somewhere. And that somewhere just happens to be a soundproof booth with professional recording equipment.

We covered a variety of topics from art, to Sudbury, to mutual friends and a bunch of other stuff that I don’t really remember because that’s just how flow-etic the conversation was.

I was pressed for time, but I saw Ward & Al recording their show and wanted to jump in and do a “walk on,” which is where you interrupt somebody on the air for your own selfish reasons. But it’s also kind of a dick move.

Tonight is the start of the full weekend of shows at Absolute Comedy Toronto for my DVD launch of “Make It A Double.” I need to get ready and get my DVDs together, so this is a short entry, but that doesn’t make it any less special!

How to Make Hosting Fun!

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


As artists evolve, sometimes they need something more in order to enjoy performing certain tasks. Hosting a comedy show is no exception.

There’s a hierarchy to Canadian comedy. The times vary depending on the club, bu you’ll get the idea. Besides the initial grind, you’re first weekend spot will be just that. A short, six to eight minute spot. If that goes well, you might split-middle, or middle and do anywhere from 10-12 minutes. You climb that success ladder up to a FULL middle! Then you’re doing 20 minutes of your best dick jokes. After that you’re promoted to MC, or host. This is incredibly important and a lot of people forget that.

When you host a show, you’re basically the head coach. You’re the Phil Jackson to the Michael Jordan (headliner.) You’re in charge of the show, you dictate how it runs, what should be done, and you make sure the stage is set properly for the headliner. It’s kind of a selfless job, but that’s what I like about it.

About five years ago, I became very bored of hosting. The usual, “Is anybody celebrating anything” was becoming boring. That all changed at a gig in a town nobody has heard of, populated only by those over 90. Not exactly my key demo. I frantically was looking over my notes, my jokes, my thoughts on anything that would appeal to the audience I was faced with. Then it just “clicked.”

Nothing. I went up with nothing. I put my book away and stopped thinking about it entirely. Sure, there’s a bit of a formula to being a good host, (i.e. Introducing the show and the headliner right off the top, get the crowd clapping, do a quick joke, go into crowd work, etc.) but that doesn’t mean you need to plan every single thing you’re going to say. I went up with nothing. I just talked with them. I was honest, and had fun. And in turn, they had fun. Jokes were coming off naturally, and without me forcing jokes about drinking in a nightclub on them.

Now, hosting a show has become fun again. I will usually have an idea of what I’m going to say to start a show, but that’s it. Tonight at Absolute Comedy in Toronto, I did just that, and it was a lot of fun. I got to watch some great comics. Some new, some have been around a while, even a pro, plus the headliner. And if you’re in the moment, paying attention to the acts, the audience will recognize that. I just played. I would throw a one liner, or a thought or idea that came to me from what another comic had said previous, and the spontaneity makes it more enjoyable for not only the audience, but also myself.

There are a TON of fantastic hosts in Canadian comedy; too many to list. I suggest you look them up. And usually the best headliners also make great hosts. This isn’t to toot my own horn. Hell, I’m a decade into stand up comedy and that’s still considered new! I’m just saying, sometimes you need to find a way to enjoy your work, even if you’re hating it. Find the aspect you DO like, and focus your energy on that. Great things happen!


Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by brendanmckeigan
Tickets available at http://Brendan.BrownPaperTickets.com

Tickets available at http://Brendan.BrownPaperTickets.com

I’m so pleased to announce that on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2013, I’ll be recording my comedy special, “Brendan McKeigan: Make it a Double!”

If you’re in Sudbury, come be part of a great night for a great cause! Get your laugh on, and help raise some money for the Canadian Cancer Society!

Tickets are $20, with 25% of ticket sales going directly to the Canadian Cancer Society! Get your tickets in advance before it sells out!

Tickets are available at http://Brendan.BrownPaperTickets.Com