Who’s Laughing Now? (Hopefully Everyone.)

Nanaimoites, by necessity, have a good sense of humour. We are known for a sugar-coma inducing dessert, racing appliances and a pirate mayor. In recent months Brent Butt, Debra DiGiovanni, and The Snowed in Comedy Tour have put on big comedy shows that filled The Port Theatre with laughter.

There are also smaller shows and many vagabond comedians doing under-the-radar tours around the country. Wanderers like Toronto native, David Heti, who is stopping by as part of a month-long excursion up the West Coast. David’s in that grey area of comedy; he’s accomplished, but he has not broken into the mainstream yet.

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His accolades include critics describing him as ‘scarily drily funny’ and ‘devastatingly original’. He also recently recorded his first full-length album, “It was ok, an album of comedy by David Heti.” He has appeared at numerous festivals including JFL’s Zoofest, Montreal Sketch and Fringe Fests, Toronto’s Dark Comedy Festival, NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion. Despite all of that, his name probably does not ring a bell.

The reality with comedy is that there are amazing performers that we just have not heard about yet. That’s a problem that can be remedied rather easily. Heti is headlining ‘A Night of Comedy’ Thursday March 20th at The Cambie in Nanaimo at 8pm. Ten dollars gets you a night of live entertainment, cheaper than a movie. You will catch some locals in the act of telling jokes too. Scott Goglin is a mainstay in the local comedy and podcasting scene and I am back after taking eight years in Halifax to learn that the people are great and the weather sucks out east.


The thing with comedy is that the best performances often come in cozy venues from talented veterans of the craft who are still unknown enough to take risks and talk to you straight. There is something honest in not having anything to lose. Nanaimo is well positioned to host amazing comedians given our proximity to Vancouver and Victoria. Indeed, we enjoyed Simon King, Brett Martin, Matt Billon and the legendary Mike MacDonald in the past month alone.

Buying a ten-dollar ticket to a show means that you can call yourself a patron of the arts while swilling a beer. And you are, because good audiences make for better shows and good shows means that more performers will stop by and share their ideas, quirks and perspective on the world with us.

So see you at The Cambie on Thursday, you Nanaimo-bar-eating, Lucky-beer-drinking, cultural mover-and-shaker, you.

The Dangers of Sleeping Naked

Sometimes it doesn't pay to sleep naked.

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to sleep naked.

Artist Mike Holmes used to do a weekly comic in The Coast, Halifax’s weekly arts and entertainment paper. I submitted this True Story from my first year in residence at Dalhousie University. Mike has since gone on to work on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. I like to think that it has nothing to do with me. Oh, it doesn’t? Well, good.

In residence I shared a room with Megan, who has remained an amazing friend to me. We bonded over being strong, independent women who both brought our somewhat mangled teddy bears across Canada to university.

It used to be that you could walk into our dorm room and find the middle of the room immediately because my side of the floor was completely covered in bright, thrift store finds and paper, while Megan’s remained pretty tidy. We found out later that we had both lied on our application forms for roommates. I said I was ‘medium clean’ because I didn’t want to room with a slob. She said she was only ‘medium clean’ too because she didn’t want to get stuck with someone uptight. Just goes to show that you should lie a little, you might get an amazing best friend out of the deal.

Joking around at Hecklers


I prevented a sausage-fest. The REAL reason we should encourage women in comedy folks.

I prevented a sausage-fest. The REAL reason we should encourage women in comedy folks.

Hecklers Sports Bar in Victoria, I love you. On January 17th you were full of 150 awesome people who wanted to see comedy. I opened with a blow-job joke that everyone, including my parents, enjoyed. Weird. Chris Griffin (pictured above-bottom left) hilariously hit on some folks and made them uncomfortable (my personal favourite moment of the evening) and headliner Paul Myrehaug (bottom right) killed it.

Credit to Steve McGowan for keeping the energy going all night as the host and thanks for posting pictures and for the shots!

Telling crude jokes with my parents in the audience. Keepin' it classy.

Telling crude jokes with my parents in the audience. Classy.