Thursday, April 30, 2009

Want an audition? Book a trip!

Last year I was supposed to be in Cuba for two weeks, but had to come back early because the Maria callbacks fell in the second week. This year I booked a trip to New York City from May 3rd-10th, but have just found out I have a callback I don't want to miss on the 4th.

Changing travel plans can be tricky, but it's nice to know that if I'm having a slow year I have only to book a trip and suddenly I will be popular.

I'm down to the last three days of my Smile tour of Extraordinary. What a rewarding and unique experience. Yesterday we performed in a real theatre and were so giddy about it you'd think we'd never performed on a stage before. Usually, because we travel to seniors' residences, we perform in small rooms that aren't designed to house theatre . But that is part of the charm of the Smile experience: every venue is different and you never know what to expect. That said, it was nice to perform on the beautiful stage at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville yesterday. I also enjoyed my post-show Bacio gelato. Anything that involves chocolate, nuts and ice cream is okay by me.

Monday, April 27, 2009

CBC Radio 3 Interview

Alexis Stoymenoff at CBC Radio 3 just did a piece on comedic music, and I was one of the people she interviewed. Check it out here.

She also spoke with Chelsea Manders (formerly of the Black Roses, now of Charity and Chastity), BillyReid, The Wet Spots and Picnicface. I come in during the last few minutes of the 10-minute interview, and then she finishes off by playing my song, Social Utility.

Oh, also? I was high on Robaxacet with Codeine because of a neck injury, so I'm speaking sllloower than usual. It makes me sound cooler, I think. More musician-y.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Let's hear it for Dave Devall!

I remember Dave Devall from way back a million years ago in the 80's when my mom was on the Canadian gameshow Definition. I was starstruck when I saw the announcer, whom I recognized as the weather guy from CTV. When I came to see a taping of the show, I couldn't believe that we got to eat in the same cafeteria as he and Jim Perry (the host) did.

That's why it was a full-circle experience for me to act in a few CTV spots that led up to his retirement this past winter. He's been doing the weather on CTV since 1961! That is a lot of weather.

So, here are a couple of the "weather support group" spots I was in. There are others, but these are the ones I'm featured in and, well, this is my blog. So.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Timing is everything.

I wrenched my neck the other day so I'm currently taking Robaxacet with codeine. While drugged up, Phil showed me this:

I cried, I was laughing so hard. Watching it again now, I still find it very funny. It's all in the timing...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Susan it okay that I don't get what the big deal is?

Have you seen this? It's a video of Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old woman who sang I Dreamed a Dream the other night on Britain's Got Talent. She has a nice voice. That's it. But everyone freaked out when she started singing for some reason. 

I don't get it. Why were they surprised that she could sing?

Was it because she's not movie-star attractive? Was it because she's 47 and never been married? Or was it because Britain's Got Talent was just trying to recreate a Paul Potts moment?

It seemed contrived to me. And insulting. Susan Boyle seems like a lovely woman, and I wish all the best for her. She said in her intro that she was unemployed, and hopefully her exposure on the show will have changed that.

But I'm still scratching my head about this one. I'd love to hear your comments.