Blog Monday July 24
Over the years, bring your own venues (BYOV) have varied in quality from excellent to poor sight lines or hot and stuffy and, in one unforgettable instance, smokey air. It was a pleasant surprise to see a BYOV that has comfortable seating and local beers like the studio space at CCFM – Antoine Gaborieau Hall (Venue 19).
Baby in Arms
Last night, a couple brought their young baby to A is for Anxiety Apples. I was a little worried that the noise or lights would make the baby cry but the baby was not scared. Even though he briefly cried a couple of times, he was not a distraction to the audience. I was sitting next to the family and I was able to concentrate on the show.
By the way, if you are at either of the Franco-Manitobain venues, the washrooms are located at the end of the hallway past the art gallery. I could not find a sign so I had to ask.
Wrong About the Weather
What’s that old saying about the weather — if you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes. I’m glad I was wrong about yesterday’s weather. Yesterday morning, it looked like Sunday would be full of rain. But, things blew over and we had a beautiful afternoon and evening fringing.
One of the best sights last night was seeing a group of young kids (probably around age 6) jumping up and down while they were watching a juggling duo after 9 pm on the outdoor stage in Old Market Square. If this was during the school year, the kids would likely be in bed by that time, but being the summer, why not have some fun and enjoy the beautiful summer evening.
Last night, I was worried when I went to get a ticket for A Wpg Stand-up Show about 25 minutes before showtime and I was told this was the first ticket for the show. I was worried there weren’t going to be any people in the audience (which is terrible for comedy) and while the crowd was small (10 people), the crowd did laugh and seemed to enjoy themselves. Anyway, I enjoyed the show.
Quote of the Day
“When you get fired as a clown, there is nowhere to go, except stand-up comedy.”
From Robert Will Show You the Door (tales of being fired) (Venue 9).