Well, all the humbug buzz going around the festival about credits not getting back to pass holder accounts and not being able to buy a physical ticket for shows has really put a cloud over the festival for many. However this is the format they went with. Buy a pass and get access to shows. It’s not the type of festival they we’re going for. Yes it may suck, but you we’re warned! The first time of anything will have it’s bugs so just try and be understanding people. You weren’t a porn star when you first fucked. I’ll let you know where I stand at the end of the week.
Next stop was the Drake Hotel to see Kelly Carlin…. Or so we thought. When we got there, down the stairs we went to a small intimate venue, which is what I prefer when it comes to stand-up comedy. What we thought was an opening act turned out to be the show. Pomme is French for Apple is what we were watching. Wow! Liza Paul and Bahia Watson created and performed one of the most original, hilarious and outstanding show I’ve ever seen. The only props needed were two chairs, a table, 2 glasses, a bottle of “vodka” and 2 pink scarves wrapped around their heads. This was the pum. You see Pomme is actually French for pumpum. Pum is yard for pussy. If you know anything about the Caribbean or the West Indies, you would of been like me, laughing uncontrollably because I related so much to this piece. There was apart that was like watching my mom on stage. Accent and everything. Definitely had tears coming down my face. When I was going through shows to catch while I was in town, I remember browsing over this one.
And all I thought was:
I don’t need to see another frenglish show, especially OUTSIDE of Montreal.
This is where I was wrong and the universe wanted to put it in my face. And it did. And I commend you for it. Me and Gabe laughed so much. And it was so well put together with lighting and sounds. You girls did a great job and I’m definitely gonna bring you gals to Montreal. Then we finished off the night at the Comedy Bar. Rob Mailloux opened the show and we got lucky because Big Jay Oakerson did a special guest appearance. He is just fucking funny! Porn. I love porn. Jokes about porn? I’m in heaven. You can catch him all week at the Comedy Bar. Ari Shaffir closed up my night with a bit that all druggies can relate to. Whether you smoke pot, do schrooms, pop pills or drink booze, you have been there. It’s all about the right amount of drugs to take. But how do you know? Well you can find out if you check out Ari this week at the Comedy Bar. But here’s an extra for you! Certain nights this week at Clandestiny, you can catch Ari Shaffir and many others perform in the comfort of a chill smokey lounge. Ahhh, now we’re talking. I’ll have more details on that tomorrow. So far its been awesome JFL42 and looking forward to night two.
Take it easy Montreal, Jo
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