NXNE Comedy June 12th – 16th
(poster design by Eric Andrews)
Enter the mind of comedian Mark Forward as each episode delves into a different topic, ranging from space to superstitions to ghosts. Along with his little guy, Eric Andrews, they discuss their take on each topic in ways you might not have thought of. If you like stupid fun, then this is the podcast for you.
EPISODE ONE: “The Dinner Party”
In this episode we take the time for you to get to know Mark and his little guy Eric Andrews. As they have a “dinner Party” and attempt to make conversation.
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There’s a choose your own adventure commercial out for the holidays featuring me as one of the characters! As usual Skittles brings in strange and weird self to this commercial for the holidays. It was a ton of fun to be apart of and a day filled with eating as many skittles as possible; most of them were CGI skittles. Here’s a sneak preview of some scenes, OR go make your own scene here: http://www.createtherainbow.com
I’ve been chosen as one of the performers in this years Sudbury Comedy Festival! I’m pretty excited about being apart of the festival. It’s my first real festival where they’re going to pay me to go there and perform and pay me to stay the night and hang out. Very cool. The headliners for the festival are Legends.The first headliner is Rick Mercer a staple in Canadian showbiz. I remember watching Rick Mercer in my grade 11 history class where he went around talking to Americans about Canada. The fact that I watched it in my History class has no bearing on the story or any symbolic meaning either; I’m not trying to say that when I was in grade 11 Rick Mercer was history, I’m not saying that.
Anyways. The second headliners are Cheech and Chong who are definitely part of History. Needless to say, I think this is going to be pretty fun festival. Come check it out. More info at: www.lolsudbury.com
I recently went to the CLEVELAND COMEDY FESTIVAL to perform some of my brand of stand up comedy. I had a great time there checking out the city; going from the nice theatre district to the abandoned residential homes in the area just 10 blocks down the way. It really was a nice city. Little known fact Cleveland is America’s 45th largest city. I don’t know why you’d want to know that but now you do.
I also had a great time in the Festival meeting all the Cleveland comedians and others just from the Americas; a lot of great Chicago people. I entered the competition not knowing if I’d even get picked for the spot, but thankfully I did. I was chosen as one of the 36 comedians to fight for the tittle of champion of the fest. And I’m really happy to announce that the tittle is crossing the boarder. I’ve alway thought it would be hilarious to have one of those “big cheques” I mean it’s not something I ever actively seek’d out to get but when they handed me the humungous cheque I naturally asked if I could get it and they said “Yes of coarse”. Large cheque. Mission Accomplised. Here’s a picture with me and the cheque:
I’m going to be heading out to Cleveland this week to be apart of the Cleveland Comedy Festival. I’ve never seen what the inside of Cleveland looks like so that’s going to be one thing that I do. The other thing I do is hopefully leave my name somewhere in the town so that I’ll always be remembered. I currently have two shows while I’m there:
Thursday November 15th at Kennedy’s Theatre (7:30PM)
Thursday November 15th at Kennedy’s Theatre (10:00PM)
I’ll see you next week Toronto. I’m going to treat Cleveland like Hollywood and look up all these famous Cleveland born celebrities during my stay: Wes Craven, Drew Carrey, Steve Harvey, Arsenio Hall, Phil Donahue, and Billy Bass. Phew all those celebs who’s going to have time for the festival. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.clevelandcomedyfestival.com
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I’m going to go back to my hometown of Brampton for the first time ever to do stand up. To top it all off I’m performing in the place I saw my first stand up comedy show before I even started. This is exciting! I also know I didn’t really tell any of my friends about it so it’s not really going to be a big homecoming.
Here’s the event on the Rose Theatres Website. Hunter Collins or myself don’t get a mention:
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The World Series of Comedy that is. I’ve been chosen as one of 101 comics. I like to think that they added the one because of me, but I really don’t think so.
On September 19th I’ll be headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the first time ever, by myself to battle it out against all these other comedians from all over the United States. We’ve got people from Chicago, we’ve got people from Boston, we’ve got people from Atlanta, We’ve got people from all over the states for real. There are also some fellow Canadians going to be going there as well. My old roommate Mark DeBonis will be going down to compete. A guy I’ve been in competition with before and he kicked my butt. As well as the very talented and mother of two Martha O’neill will be in the city that never sleeps to take down some Yankees. All in all I think it’s going to be a blast. I’m going to get to see the city and perform comedy. Soooooo excited, so excited.
I have an opportunity to be apart of this years Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto. I’m apart of a group of roughly 10 other comedians who are trying to get votes on this website:
I think how it works is the top 5 people will get picked to do a show and then from there 1 person will get to share the stage with the likes of Louis CK and couple others around the same calibre as him. Pretty cool, no?
I’d like to be apart of this for two reason. Reason 1: Louis CK. Reason 2: I’m pretty certain the shows going to be in a huge theatre and I think it’s at the Sony Centre in Toronto. I used to work at the Sony Centre and they shorted me money. So I left and as I was leaving I told myself “They’ll see one day I’ll be performing here, that’ll show them.”
So help me complete my revenge. Vote. Thanks so much.
Yuk Yuk’s Ajax is having Dave Coulier to perform at their club this weekend and I get to perform just before he goes on. It’s going to be a pretty fun show. Some night are already sold out, so it’s going to be a “Full House.” Come on down and watch this great show.
August 17th: 7:30PM and 10:00PM
August 18th: 7:30PM and 10:00PM
August 19th: 7:30PM and 10:00PM
Whatever you’re doing “Cut It Out” and come down and watch the show.
I’ve entered into another contest. I know I’ve said that I wouldn’t enter another one for a couple of years but I’ve broke that promise to myself because who doesn’t love the chance at some money and I get to go to Vancouver. So if you could simply go to
and click the laugh button under the video I’ll have a chance to win $2,000.00. Pretty sweet huh?
If you’re REALLY eager and have the time you can vote everyday but I don’t expect that of anyone, I’ll probably forget to do it somedays. Thanks a billion or thanks $2000 dollars worth.
I’m leaving to go Chicago this week for the preliminary round of “The World Series Of Comedy.” I don;t really know what to expect there. I haven’t done many shows outside of Canada. I’m excited too though, don’t get me wrong. I get to perform at a comedy club in Chicago.
The downside is it’s a competition. I’m not really a fan of competition comedy because you can’t judge fairly on who’s the funniest, it’s impossible to. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do and hope for the best. If I win the night I get to go to Las Vegas and perform for what I think will be an even bigger audience.
Wish me luck, or don’t. I’m just going to have fun.
This years NXNE Festival is approaching. It’s an extremely large music festival set in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There are over 600+ bands playing in just under a week. Some of the biggest bands to play this years fest include: “The Flaming Lips”, “Raekwon and Ghostface Killah”, “Of Montreal”, “Matthew Good”, and hundreds more.
What a lot of people may not know is that there is a comedy festival amongst all the music. Every year the comedy portion is getting bigger. This year marks the largest amount of some of Canada’s finest comedians. Check out the whole festival and more specifically check out the comedy. I’ll be hitting the stages of NXNE for my second straight year.
(*Poster designed by Eric Andrews*)
I used to not really mind when people would heckle I would just kind of role with the punches and go with it. That being said, yesterday made me realize why people and now me don’t like hecklers. It’s all about when they heckle. If they had the whereabouts to heckle when appropriate I’d personally would be fine with it. I think if majority of the audience generally isn’t laughing at what you’re saying (you’re bombing) then they have the right to heckle. The strongest minded individual should take it upon himself to say something for the whole audiences sake. But there are still some rules I think you should follow even still.
- Don’t heckle during the set up or punch line.
(The joke might be funnier then you so let’s ride it out and see if it is)
- Heckle Response
(Think of what the comedian might say back to your heckle so you can have a rebuttal)
(If the comedian asks you a question answer truthfully. Your real life is funnier then you think)
- Accept Defeat
(If the comedian deals with you and gets a huge laugh at your misfortune gracefully bow out and admire the rest of the show)
That’s all I can think of to make you a better heckler right now. If anyone thinks there are more ways to help the art of heckling progress please put your input.