I’m going to the festival tomorrow. Gonna be a busy few days. 1st day I am doing a radio interview for CBC with my brother. We’ll be interviewed by a local host, Margaux Watts. My brother’s reputation as a humorous writer got him a gig reading at the fest. Although not a stand-up per se, he is a funny as anyone I know. The interviewer from a magazine asked me which of us is funnier and I answered that I’m the funniest guy in the world but my brother is the funniest in our family. We have never worked together before since our metiers rarely meet and our galas are on different nights but we are doing a special “Meet the Rakoffs” evening where I’ll open with some stand-up, he’ll read something and we’ll answer questions. I believe that last sentence is gramatically correct in spite of its length but I won’t bet on it.
Friday afternoon, I have a rehearsal for a new CBC radio pilot called “Master Debators” in which comedians comically debate assigned topics. We’ll do the show in front of an audience the next day at 2PM.
Friday night I perform my gala set at the Pantages for CBC television. In the meantime, I’ve been unable to effectively rehearse my gala set in front of an audience because it’s not written for a stand-up situation. When I talk it out, I can see it working but it’s too much like an essay on a topic than just a routine. I already feel like I’m colouring outside the lines of the assignment with the bits I’m doing now let alone integrating even more speciously connected material. The theatre soft seat setting add an element of patience you don’t get in the club. There’s an expectation in stand-up of economy of language to speed to the laugh. In a theatre setting, the audience is more likely to give some attention to what you have to say as long as the jokes are good when you get there. At least, that’s my hope. I promise to be straight with any readers of this as to how it went when it’s all over. At this point, however, I think it’s strong enough and on theme enough that it will be a successfully completed assignment and more importantly, get some laughs.
Saturday afternoon I do the radio pilot and then at 10:00 PM, I MC a best of the fest. That’s a nother name for a show that’s likely to be a blast with some of the best comics all having fun on stage.

My show schedule for the festival is as follows:

Meet the Rakoffs
Thursday, April 6th at 8:00 PM
Gas Station Theatre

Relative Insanity
Friday, April 7th at 7:30 PM
Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Master Debaters
Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 PM
Gas Station Theatre

Best of the Fest
Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 PM
Gas Station Theatre

Wish me luck! I’ll update when I return.