When I was growing up in Iowa my family had a satellite dish, so when I was in middle school I would watch Canada's MuchMusic constantly. Well, after slipping into a youtube rabbit hole, I have decided that these are my 11 favorite Canadian rock songs from that era.
11. “All That You Are” by Econoline Crush
10. “One More Astronaut” by I Mother Earth
9. “Hang Ten” by Edwin
8. “American Psycho” by Treble Charger
7. “Breathe” by Moist
6. “Strange Disease” by Prozzak
5. “Losing California” by Sloane
4. “The Oaf” by Big Wreck
3. “Mistake” by Serial Joe
2. “Poets” by The Tragically Hip
1. “Load Me Up” by Matthew Good Band
*These are bands/music videos that I only knew about because of MuchMusic. Therefore, bands like Our Lady Peace and Barenaked Ladies, who had success in the states, did not qualify for my prestigious list.
**Also, this list only has music released from about 1996 to 1999, because soon after, our satellite provider dropped MuchMusic and added Fuse.
***Just to be clear, this isn’t a thing where I’m telling other comedians what they should be doing. I don’t claim to be any kind of authority on comedy; just bringing up (ranting about) things that annoy me and, IMO, convey a misunderstanding of what comedy is***
Stand up comedy really is the best. I love it. It took me a good number of years of being an idiot before I found something that I clicked with. I’m not a special case. I know a ton of comedians who are in the same boat. Stand up has that effect on different people from all walks of life…so why do so many comedians become fixated more on projecting an image and drift away from actually doing comedy? Below are a few things that stick out to me as ways to divert yourself from the reality that comedy is tough, and progress doesn’t come easy.
Right before I moved from B̶u̶m̶f̶u̶c̶k̶,̶ ̶I̶o̶w̶a̶ Des Moines, Iowa to NYC back in May, I read Andy Sandford’s article “For Comics Planning On Moving to NYC" about a hundred times. After I got here, I found that it was all very true and it really helped me out.
This article is no different. It is thought provoking, it made me shine a light on myself, I agree with a lot of it and I wish I wasn’t guilty of a lot of it.
I’ve never met Andy, but I have seen him do stand up and he his extremely funny. If you aren’t doing so already, follow him on twitter and on tumblr and anytime he writes an article about stand up, read it a few times. I honestly believe it will make you better.
Jealousy and bitterness exist in just about every pursuit, and especially artistic ones. I can only speak from a comedian’s perspective, but I’ve watched it ruin people. I believe that if you are going to pursue stand up comedy as a career, you have to understand that there is no clear cut path to “making it.” You can’t let yourself think that paying dues leads to anything except the lessons and experiences that you take away. You can’t start believing that another person’s success is your failure. You can’t become so jaded that you write off the entire industry because of a few perceived injustices. There’s always someone who has more of a right to complain than you do and chooses not to. Falling into cynicism about things outside of your control can poison everything you do and derail you from honing your craft, which is always THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.