In honour of my first anniversary of making standing up comedy, I have ended my summer hiatus and actually booked some shows again! Four shows in three nights all during the week leading up to me leaving the country for two weeks! Maybe not the most ideal timing, but I would be remiss not to do Matt Surina's First Timer's Club on the one year anniversary of my doing comedy for the first time at that very show!

So time to blow off the dust and see if I'm still funny. Come out if you want. Or don't. You can make your own choices. 

August Rush

Had a productive August, even though it didn't really feel like it. There's still a weird uncomfortableness in the back of my mind thinking I could have accomplished more, but I did a fair amount regardless. It was more consuming than creating, but everything helps in the long run.

Books: 4/2 - The Cocktail Lab by Tony Conigliaro; Three Sheets to the WInd by Pete Brown; The man With the Golden Typewriter edited by Fergus Fleming; Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman.

Films: 15/7 - Secret Life of Walter Mitty; Snowden; Kubo & The 2 Strings; The Nice Guys; Fantastic Beasts; Snatched; Colossal; Step Brothers; Logan Lucky; The Incredible Jessica James; Allied; Equilibrium; The Dark Tower; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Other: Didn't do much travelling (prepping for an exciting announcement next month); started writing more jokes again and have finally started to book some shows; faded from my obsession over finishing the five year long EP, though, I will still complete it. Someday. ...Overall, I did more than I remember doing. Need to continue the momentum into September!

Let me know what you read or saw, where you've been or what you did. I find petty jealousy to be the best fuel for the competitive person.


JuJu Nely

If I ever need a name for a hippie character, that's probably the one I would use: Juju Nely. That's what happens when you splice June and July into separate words. Not sure why I thought of that, but one day many moons ago, I did. And now it's the name of my monthly review that I skipped in June. Huzzah.

  1. Books - 5/4 - Tasting Beer; Bourbon & American Whiskey; The Youth in Asia; Art of Dramatic Writing; Get Your Shit Together.
  2. Films - 18/13 - Mad Max: Fury Road; Dr. Strange; My Cousin Vinny; Get Hard; Oh Hello!; Never Speak; Keeping Up With The Jonses; What We Do In The Shadows; Moana; Footloose; Goon; Wonder Woman; Dunkirk; Baby Driver; Into The Inferno; Chasing Coral; The Big Sick.
  3. Other - started playing more music which makes me happy, but have been distracted from stand-up, which is less good. Goal structure took a hit, but I appreciate what I was going for and with a little mental reset, will hopefully be able to stick to it. 

July has seen some great movies hit cinemas and August should be no different. I can't stress enough how good The Big Sick was. If you're reading this, I implore you to go see it. Doing some fun reading right now before getting into something REAL heavy, which I will be writing about in the coming weeks. Otherwise, just keep on keepin' on. Comment anywhere if you've been hitting or maintaining your own goals. Or if you haven't so I can give you crap about it.

Man, it's August already. What a year.


ps// Baby Driver and Wonder Woman were also super fun movie going experiences, so go see them too.