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Busy Week! TV, Festival, Moving, Oh My!

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


I have no excuse. Yesterday, Thursday, I just forgot to write an entry. Do I quit? Do I make this one twice as long? No, I will keep going. Because Michael Caine said to a young Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fall down, Mister Wayne? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

I love that voice. ANYWAY, welcome to Friday! Here’s the thing guys: I’ve been incredibly busy, but in a good way. I’ve got a lot going on, and hopefully much more to follow.  Next week is going to be incredibly busy. Actually, starting tomorrow I’ll be on CBC Television. Well, if you live in Ottawa anyway. On a show called, “Our Ottawa.” It’s airing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Following that on Monday, I’m closing out the show at Absolute Comedy in Ottawa. Tuesday, I move in with m’lady. She doesn’t know yet, but who doesn’t like surprises?! Wednesday, I’ll be in two places at once because of technology. I’ll be on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (check local listings), and then I’ll be on CBC’s LOL Show at the Cracking Up The Capital Festival. Thursday, I’ll be watching Carleton and University of Ottawa students Improv Battle each other, followed by an industry party. Friday will be hanging out with family and hanging out with festival friends. And finally on Saturday, I’ll be performing to a sold out crowd at the National Arts Centre. Close to three thousand people.

Exciting things! I’m pretty excited. Sorry if this seems like gloating, because it’s not. That being said, I’m going to promote the fact that I’ll be selling my comedy special at both shows for the festival. And since Cracking Up The Capital is in support of Mental Health causes, I’ll be donating 25% of ALL of my sales to the cause as well. So if you can make it out, please do! Come support a great fest for a great cause!

Plus, the closing gala also features Mary Walsh, Patrick McKenna and Rick Mercer. No pressure though!

Drinking with Family

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Last night, after taping for Strombo, I went out for a couple of drinks with my sister and my Dad. Followed by dinner at The Keg, including a couple bottles of wine, and then of course a few whiskies at a pub.

Drinking with family can go one of two ways. It can be a horrible night where everyone ends up yelling and screaming at each other. OR it can be a hilarious night where everyone just laughs the entire time. Last night was no exception.

I had a couple of beers first, downtown at a bar with the fam. The beer was warm, and let me tell you: Don’t ever put ice in beer. That was my sister’s genius decision. Shock Top beer does not taste good when it’s watered down. If I wanted watered down beer, I’d go to America. HA! OH MAN I CAN’T BELIEVE I SAID THAT! Anyway, since most bars only serve bangers and mash, or some generic burger, we went to The Keg.

It was a really nice one too. Sometimes, a restaurant just feels like a restaurant. But The Keg was great. The service was great, the food was great, the atmosphere was great. We went so my Dad could get a Prime Rib roast. As soon as our server came to our table, one of the first things she said was, “I should mention, we’re out of Prime Rib roast.”


My Dad had been craving it all night. Luckily, they were preparing another, but it wouldn’t be ready for another 45 minutes. We were in no hurry and got apps and wine, then more wine. And then our food came. No pun intended, because it was orgasmic. Fresh, prime rib roast, so succulent it would make a vegetarian’s mouth water. We finished our meals, and then finished our wine.

Our care-free saunter down the road to a pub for one last stop was freezing. This “polar vortex” as they’re calling it, is not very fun. Finally, we arrived after our grueling five minute walk that seems longer than having to watch any episode of The Kardashians. I ordered a whiskey sour, it sounded good. Until I received my drink and it was just a “sour.” It was a horrible drink, but much to my delight the bartender was more than happy to give me a whiskey on the rocks instead.

And do you know why? Because I was very polite about it. Too often, people yell or scream at a server and expect something for free. If you yell your way to free food at restaurants, please come over so I can kick you in the face wearing golf cleats. It’s amazing how much further along you get by being nice. The bartender may have somehow forgotten to put liquour in the drink. It happens! Or, perhaps she just followed a recipe they’re given, and the drink is just garbage. Either way, I just politely mentioned that the drink wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and this divey bar, which could easily just say, “Well you ordered it,” just exchanged my drink. So much better than yelling at somebody over something trivial, don’t you agree?

I’d like to tell you everything we spoke about last night, but then this blog would be 48 pages long. Give or take.  So when you go out, be nice to people. It’ll make everyone’s night better.

Strombo Panel & Mental Health

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Today was a fun day. I was fortunate enough to be part of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on “The Panel,” alongside the incredibly funny Anna Gustafson and the immensely talented Patrick McKenna.

We spoke about mental health issues. Which was fitting since we’ll all be appearing at the Cracking Up The Capital Festival, February 5th to 8th in Ottawa. Why is that relevant? The festival serves a dual purpose besides just comedy shows. It also aims to raise money for various mental health charities. Something everybody should get behind.

I don’t want to talk about what we spoke of on the show, otherwise you may not watch it, and that’s not fair. But I will say this: it felt great to be able to talk about mental health in a supportive way. I’m know some people feel ashamed that you may be going through mental health issues. What you need to know is that there’s always somebody you can talk to. I think there are more people you can confide in than you think. Family, friends, counselors, hell even somebody from a message board.

Should somebody every have the courage to tell you about his or her mental health issues, please, listen. It is an incredibly difficult thing to bring up to somebody. Please don’t compare how bad you, or someone else you know has it either. Just listen. Be supportive, and keep being awesome.

You must have done something to earn that trust to begin with. Keep up the good work.

Strombo Tonight! Well, Technically Tomorrow

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Tomorrow night I’m going to be appearing on “The Panel” segment of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC, along with Patrick McKenna and Anna Gustafson.

We’re going to be talking about mental health issues, which is consistently an interesting topic for people. It’s also fitting since we’re all going to be part of the “Cracking Up The Capital” Comedy Festival in Ottawa from February 5th to 8th. I don’t want to give too much away about exactly what we’ll be discussing just yet. You should just watch the show for that!

I’ve got to say, I’m pretty excited to be on the show. Strombo is one of the best interviewers on television. It’s always refreshing to see honest interviews with celebrities, who don’t have to feel the need to be “on” like they are on some of the other talk shows. His interview with Will Ferrell was a perfect example of that. Of course Will was funny, but he didn’t have to be in performance mode, which was a great change of pace.

So if you’re not doing anything tomorrow night, tune into the show! I would watch if YOU were on!