And The Award Goes To...
5/22/2013 11:05:00 AM
This Saturday night I host The Ampia Awards. (Alberta Media Production Industries Association). These awards are quite well known in the comedy community for being very tough to perform at. There's a number of reasons for that not the least of which is the fact no one there is there to see comedy. They're mostly there to visit and network with others from film and television that they don't get to see except at this function. Most of the crowd is talking and turned away from the stage for most of the evening. I've performed at it once... it went... poorly. I've seen many a host bomb and been told the stories of other train wrecks I wasn't there to witness personally.
I debated not taking the work when it was offered to me. In fact I initially said no and then changed my mind after a few days and ...
So long Mr. Mayor
5/21/2013 8:00:00 AM
So the Mayor has decided a dozen years is enough! Today at 11am he announced he would step down as Edmonton’s mayor. I thought he might be tempted to go another term, I thought he might like to be a four term mayor; alas it was not to be.
Before he took the chair and donned the beaver pelt, many an Edmontonian bitched and whined about Calgary always getting the lion’s share of everything. He said the biggest problem with Edmonton was Edmonton’s citizens. We don’t believe we are entitled to more. We don’t fight for more. And then he stepped up to bat and the game was on.
Was he an easy guy? No. Some thought him a bully, a tyrant, maybe even a warlord. But I guarantee at this juncture of our city’s political future we are unlikely to take a mamby pamby clown as a mayor anymore. ...
5/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
In the end it was a pretty good weekend for my daughter. Despite being the only name they screwed up as she crossed the stage to get her diploma, and the make-up that landed on her dress minutes before she left to get her picture taken, and the boyfriend that didn't want to stay past the supper at the banquet. I'll fix the audio when I edit the video and her name will be right. Carole got the stain out of the dress or at least managed to find a way to hide it from the camera. I delivered her and her cousin to a house party on the Friday night so her memory of that evening wouldn't be staying at home texting her boyfriend.
As the banquet was wrapping up a mother walked by our table and commented loudly "Well that was a big waste of money!" I felt ...