Oh, Canada – I was actually surprised that everyone speaks French here in Montreal. And that there are very few Americans up here, except for the ones that are attending the Montreal Comedy Festival.
It even looks like Europe here.
Lots of older buildings, clean. Last time I was in Canada I got stuck in Calgary in 1995 and was shooting a low budget movie, co starring Sonny Landham (48hrs / Pedator), Brian James (Blade Runner/ The Player) and Frank Stallone.
I played a lawyer.
Clint Eastwood had just shot the “Unforgiven” in Calgary and I was trapped there for about a month with bad food and nothing to do. Hey, it was nothing like this beautiful city, Montreal.
Hearne wrote about my movie experience in Calgary. I’d hired a couple Chiefs players to be in it, missed my flight, and given my girlfriend at the time Laurie King a small role as a dancer who gets shot and killed by bad guy Frank Stallone. Shocker.
But it’s a who’s who of the comedy standup/TV/film industry up here now.
There are comedy shows in every downtown hotel.
Lewis Black, Howie Mandel, Chelsea, Bob Saget, Jim Jefferies, Jim Norton and “Nasty Show” host and star Bobby Slayton are all here. Seems like Stanford’s entire fall lineup is here performing, KU ‘s Nikki Glaser (she got her own TV show on MTV), Lynn Koplitz (our New Year’s Eve star/Joan Rivers Show), Eliza Schlesinger (star of Excused and winner of Last Comic Standing), Moshe Kasher (top ten Variety new stars), as are Rory Scovel, Joe Mande and Dan Cummins who all will be at Stanford’s this fall/winter.)
Last night I was joined by Steve Kramer, my partner on this animated reality show.
Kramer co starred in the WB series HYPE in the early 2000’s with Frank Caliendo. Steve is from KC and animated the pilot about Stanford and Sons that we will present at the show here today.
I was invited to be the date of some female Canadian Soap star to a Fetish Party at midnight tonight. Hmmm. Figures. No, it’s not part of the Comedy Fest. I’ll fill you in if I go. By the way, I knocked off a foursome with three girls right before I left Kansas City. Very cool.
Most of the stars here already have strong careers and the new faces are hoping to move up. The focus is still on the stand up comedy and the reality/web series portion we’re part of is kinda new. We’re in the final five.
However, every time I’m away from home, it reminds me of how much I feel best in Kansas City. There’s just no place like home.
P.S. the “Just For Laughs” festival draws more than 100,000 Canadians, lasts several days and nights. It’s a party.