Press Relase: End of April Beginning of May

Paul Ash Comedy

For General Release:
These next few weeks many great opportunities are available to see Paul Ash in a variety of differently styled shows.

Monday April 22nd

There’s Something Funny Going on at Blue Dog

There's Something Funny Going On At Blue Dog

There’s Something Funny Going On At Blue Dog

This weeks show is taken over by red heads! Save for a few non -reds you can expect an almost all red head show!
Hosted by Mike Costello with Amber Harper-Young, Paul Ash, Kate Conner, Tobin Thompson, Emma Wilkie, Leonard Yelle and Headliner Jess Salomon!
9pm, Blue Dog, 3958 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec.  PWYC.  Beer special: 2 Sleemans for 8$
Stick around afterwards for great tunes from the 70’s-90’s! (but mostly 80’s)

Tuesday April 23rd

Funny Side Funny Side of Parenting

8(ish)pm

Liquid Lounge, 5028 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC.  PWYC.

A standup comedy show for parents, or anyone who would like to be a parent someday, or anyone who has ever had a parent.  Featuring Kate Conner, Mike Costello, Paul Ash & Leah Zylbering.

Thursday, April 25th

Punchlines

8:30pm at CFC
6388 rue St. Hubert, Montreal, Quebec.  $5So for those of you who don’t know the drill, we’ve got some hip hop acts, we’ve got some comedy acts, and a shit load of fun!

Punchlines

Punchlines

Hosted by Paul Baluyot
Featuring live painter Sharon Ep1c

COMEDY LINE UP:
Emma Wilkie
Paul Ash
Matt Shury
HEADLINER
Mo Arora

HIP HOP LINE UP:
Defective Collective
The Art Cons
Clarity
SHOW CLOSER
Cannonhead

Friday, April 26th

The Show of Champions

Chez GeekChez Geek: The Show of Champions (First Annual COMEDY SHOW)

PRIVATE SHOW (which means you can bring your own BEER or DRINKS!)

host:  MATT SHURY (Toronto)

  • SCOTT CARTER (Vancouver)
  • JASON HATRICK (Young Guns of Comedy, Montreal)
  • PAUL ASH (Halifax, Creator of BattleCOM / GladiaCOM)
  • TIM RIEL (Ottawa)
  • KRISTIAN RHYMER (Toronto)

Chez Geeks: 1663 St-Denis, Montreal, Quebec.  Only 10$ for a night of laughs you’ll never forget.

RSVP NOW- Limited Seating for this Private Event!
If you are doing FNM and PRE-RELEASE of Dragon’s maze, you get 5$ off! (it’s a perfect filler until the Midnight Release)

Friday, May 3rd

BattleCOM

BattleCOM

BattleCOM

10:30pm, Comedy Nest, Pepsi Forum ( corner of St-Catherine / Atwater, at Atwater Metro)

The latest installment of this epic geek showdown of comedy.

6 performers face off against each other to see who can gain the audience’s love and support.  It’s not needy at all.

Two of the battlefields are:
1) What’s the creepiest thing about MMO games?
2) What is the meaning of life?

Saturday, May 4

Special May the Fourth birthday extravaganza for the amazing artist Sharon Ep1c.  Private Party, dirty BattleCOM, super entertainment.

Ep1c

(Sorry, by invite only)

Tuesday May 7th

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Back by popular demand, in a much better location, it’s the seminal Montreal comedy open mic.

Launching this now bi-weekly comedy show is
host: DAN DERKSON

  • Mo ARORA
  • Scott CARTER
  • John ST-GODARD
  • Molly BRISEBOIS
  • Emma WILKIE
  • Darren HENWOOD

and closing PAUL ASH

Still free, now at Liquid Lounge, 5028 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC

 Wednesday- Friday May 8th & 10th

GAVIN Stephens & Friends NERDY & DIRTY COMEDY TOUR

N&D3 smallFeaturing Gavin Stephens
with: Dan Derkson
Paul Ash
Adam McFawn
Tim Riel
David Acer
mini-BattleCOM

Wednesday, 8pm
Comedy Nest Montreal, Pepsi Forum
$12 / $8 for students (or those in costume)

Friday, 9pm
Mavericks, 221 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario
$15

May 9th to 12th

OTTAWA COMICCON

For the weekend encompassing Thursday May 9th to Sunday May 12th Paul Ash and Dan Derkson will be moderating panels at the Ottawa ComicCon!  In addition to that, we’ll be demonstrating BattleCOM with two minibattles (with special guests Ian “Futurama” Boothby and Sean “Wordburglar” Jordan and maybe more!)

Ottawa ComicCon

Watch @egoslut and @paulashcomedy on Twitter for updates.

How To BattleCOM

May June 2013

May June 2013

Now that BattleCOM is a monthly English occurrence at The Comedy Nest, GladiaCOM is soon to launch for French and the Ottawa ComicCon will feature some BattleCOM, I guess it’s time to let people know what to expect when / if they participate in one.

Battle/Gladia-COM is a new form of comedy show.  Basically you have two performers onstage trying to out do each other for the audiences approval (and the ability to move up).  This article will serve as a primer for those who are participating their first time, or acts looking to critically examine the material they’re creating for a BattleCOM.  We’ll cover common misconceptions, writing strategy, tactics and presentation.

The Geek Battle of Comedy Shows

The Geek Battle of Comedy Shows

MISCONCEPTIONS

FACTS ARE JOKES
First misconception is that BattleCOM is a debate show – it’s not.  The primary purpose is not to defeat your opponents’ choices but to be more entertaining while arguing yours.  To that end, facts are irrelevant.

Where facts are important is knowing your audience.  The majority of people who come out to a BattleCOM (be it a Nerd Show, a Sports Show or a Dirty Show version) are there because they’re familiar with the subject matter.  Being blatantly wrong or misinformed on some major fact could potentially alienate you to the audience, or cause a significant enough disconnect for them to not catch the funny.  Given the brevity of your time to impress the audience, a misstep could be your final step.

ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
“Sure the show is fast paced, but I can pop out a couple of SSP (setup setup punchline) jokes when I have the mic.”  Wrong.  The goal is to get the audience laugh as quickly and as often as you can – in under 90 seconds (approximately).

“I have to explain my point of view.”  No.  Have faith in your audience.  Your choice is presented when you’re introduced, assume knowledge from the crowd.  In other words, don’t bore them / waste time explaining what is obvious.

Enter the arena with confidence, and speed.  Don’t wait for your full name, and your full choice to be declared before heading to the stage.  Grab the stage, and the audience’s attention by being dynamic in your entrance.

BattleCOM

BattleCOM

“I need to establish myself / my character each time I have the mic.”  Don’t underestimate your audience – establish yourself during the reverse curtain call and thumbnail everything if you feel the need to establish yourself.

So the primary misconceptions deal with the Battlers approach and how much time can be wasted onstage.  (That answer is “none”.)

WRITING STRATEGY

CHOICE OF VIEW 
Before you can even start writing, you need to choose your point of view for the various Battle Fields.  Once the topic is revealed, there is a race to get your choices to the Battle Marshal (moderator) – you don’t want to write too much then find out someone else has taken the point of view (pov) you planned on.  These should factor into your choice:

  1. Unexpected.  It’s good to keep the other Battlers on their toes with your choice, but you don’t want to go too obscure so the audience wouldn’t know what you’re talking about.
  2. Passion.  Find something that you can be passionate about, because if they don’t identify with your pov, they can at least identify with your emotive context.
  3. Be specific.  If you’re muddled in your choice, then the audience will be confused by it too.
La Guerre De Geeks

La Guerre De Geeks

BREVITY

Layering jokes with tags and double meanings help get you more and faster hits with the audience.  To that end, here are some other tactics to keep in mind:

  1. Thumbnail.  Analogies, similes and metaphors help paint mental pictures (and can be a punchline) if used correctly.
  2. Edit.  If you need to explain, edit your writing to make it as brief as possible.  The faster to the funny, the faster to a win.

TACTICS

The old military adage “No battle plan ever survived first contact with the enemy” holds true even in the battles of BattleCOM.

CHOICE
Again choice is important.  Do you:

  1. Choose quickly, to lock in a populist idea upon which you can build jokes to make people laugh?
  2. Choose something obscure that you are confident that you can quickly explain and exploit or make jokes about it’s obscurity?
  3. Wait to choose, the attempt to guess the most popular choices, hoping to be denied and possibly get insight on what the other Battlers have selected?

All of those methods of locking in your POV are valid, though waiting is most dangerous, as you may be left with a obvious choice and that no one had selected but that you have difficulty writing for.

RESEARCH
Know your Battle Field.  Research the subject matter (cult films, graphic novels, horror, sports video games), so you have some idea about what choices your fellow combatants may have made – and how to argue against them.

Know who you face, and research them, know their style.  Sometimes you may be at a loss to have a negative comment about someone’s choice – but you could just say something funny about them…

CURVEBALL
How can you keep your opponent of balance, but still keep the audience entertained?

Assume a character.  Take the Battlefield as the choice you represent.  This has the added benefit of thumbnailing some (or all) of your joke set-ups.  Plus your opponent isn’t facing “you”, they’re facing a character.
In the negative rounds, agree with them.  Use sarcasm and backhanded compliments to undermine the positive round of your enemy combatant.

PRESENTATION

With any form of comedy, I always say dress for the performance.  In stand-up, I say dress like yourself – but just yourself on a first date.  With BattleCOM dress in the way you wish to express yourself to the audience.

END ON A HIGH NOTE
Sometimes you get a big laugh, but still have more written material that logically follows.  Doesn’t matter – end your turn.  Brevity is the key.  Maybe, just maybe that next line could get an even bigger laugh, but just as possibly, it could fall flat.  Count on the audience to surprise you.

COSTUMES AND PROPS
A picture is worth a thousand words and dressing in costume, or hauling out an appropriate prop can seriously shortcut your set up time for a joke.  Plus the immediate impact of a costume (or prop) can be a source of entertainment on it’s own.

DIRECTION
Are you performing to the audience, or to your opponent?  It’s best to have that decided before you speak.  This will help you seem direct and cohesive in thought.

Can you use the limited stage available?  Know the limitations, and know that the Battle Marshal and your opponent will be giving you focus.  Wander if it will help, but remember strength comes from stillness.

Lead.  All the performers should be out there to entertain, that is rule one.  So feel free to (subtly) direct the action of your opponent and the Battle Marshal – this can possibly give you a big boost (or potentially give the big laugh to your opponent).

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SUMMARY
So we learned preparation, not just for the your topic, but for the stage is key.  Writing helps, but editing makes it better.  Using thumbnail explanations, with or without the use of props and costumes, give you an edge in explaining your points to the audience.  Researching the Battlefield can give you knowledge that will allow you to topple your opponent’s arguments.  Most importantly we learned that this show format is meant to be fun, for the audience and the performers.

Yours,
Ash

Battle-COM (v2.02)

The Geek Battle of Comedy Shows

The Geek Battle of Comedy Shows

Take a large dose of “The Big Bang Theory”, a wallop of an “8 Mile” rap battle and stir in a dash of “Let’s Make a Deal” and you have an idea of what “Battle-COM” is.

Battle-Com sees two performers skewer pop culture and each other in the name of entertainment.  Paul Ash stands between these forces playing the role of Battle Marshal, introducing the topics (Battle Fields) and players (Battlers).  The crew of Battlers fight for the right to be called a Battle Master and Battle Champion.  That’s right – they use the word Battle a lot.

This is a mental blood-sport, an ego bruiser that is judged by the audience.  When you enter the Battle Dome you know it’s not a typical comedy show.  Both sides of the stage are draped with a Battle Banner, each in a colour which matches either side of the Battle Flag you were handed as you entered.  A podium with a silver bar sits in the middle of the stage.

February 8th at the Comedy Nest in Montreal

February 8th at the Comedy Nest in Montreal

The show starts with a reverse curtain call, introducing you to the Battlers – for the audience judges their fate.  All leave the Battle Arena (stage) except the Battle Marshal and two Battlers.  A Battle is a quick affair; it’s a best 2 out of 3 (with ties gaining no points).  First round the Battlers are to be positive about their position on the Battle Field (topic).  Each Battler has approximately 90 seconds.  The Battle Marshal calls for a vote and the spectators raise their flags – colour coded to the Battler whose position they liked best.  Second round, they are to be negative about their opponent’s position – a position that was only revealed as the opponent went on stage.  If it gets to a third round, the Battlers can choose to be negative or positive – it’s a free-for-all round.  When a winner is declared, the loser exits the stage and a new Battler is called to challenge.  If a Battler manages to defeat two opponents in a row they are retired as a Battle Master and two new Battlers take the stage.  After all Battlers have had a turn a Battle Champion is determined.  In the case of no Battle Masters, the Last Battler Standing (the final Battler with only one win) is declared the Battle Champion.  If two Battle Masters have been declared, they face off against one another for the title of Battle Champion.  If there is only one Battle Master they’ll face off against the Last Battler Standing, but they’ll begin the match with a win already awarded.  The Battle Champion claims his prize, leaves the stage as the Battle Marshal declares the next Battle Field and it begins anew.

The Next Battle-COM is 10:30pm Friday February 8th at The Comedy Nest in the Pepsi Forum (Atwater / St-Catherine).

Battle-COM

  • The Battle Fields:
  • – Most romantic comic book couple
    – Most inspiring Black role-model from sci-fi or fantasy
    – Sexiest action hero from film or video games

 

 

Your Battlers:
Ryan Stick – Season Xero
Jason Yearow – Village Idiot Comedy
Dan Derkson – On The Spot, Rocky Horror Live
Emma Wilkie – There’s Something Funny
Tessa Brown – (writer)
Chris Sandiford – Try a Variety Show, Nurse Jackie
Michael Lifshitz – Conquer Your Mountains

Looking forward to seeing you there!