Along with some of Canadian comedy’s biggest names, Vancouver stand-up comedian Graham Clark will be perform this Saturday, September 29 at the YYComedy Festival’s gala event at the Jubilee Auditorium. That night’s lineup includes Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney. On Thursday, September 27, Clark and co-host Dave Shumka will hold a live recording of their Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast, “Stop Podcasting Yourself.” Where spoke with Clark about the podcast and who he’s looking forward to catching at the festival.
Where: For those who haven’t heard your podcast, tell us about “Stop Podcasting Yourself.”
Clark: “Stop Podcasting Yourself” is a weekly comedy chat show featuring the amazing Dave Shumka and myself. We have a guest every week who is usually (but not necessarily) someone from the comedy world. It has often been described by listeners as sounding like you are hanging out with some funny friends. Our longest running and most popular segment is called “Overheards” which features listeners (or as they are sometimes called “bumpers”) sending in funny things they have overheard or seen.
Where: How does the content of the show relate to your stand-up?
Clark: Both are very much influenced by everyday life and are a record of things I find absurd. I also find that I enjoy the type of laughs that only come out of a dialogue, so I talk to the crowd a lot more than I used to.
Where: What do you have planned for your show at the YYComedy Festival?
Clark: Well, Dave and I don’t like to tell too much leading up to the show, but our scheduled guest is Ryan Belleville. We are also hoping to have a secret guest that will resurrect a fan favorite segment.
Where: Who are you looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Clark: So many people! Check out “This Is That.” Those guys are fantastic. I am also very, very excited to see Bruce McCulloch who is a long time comedy hero of mine.
Where: You’ve done stand-up in Calgary before (Sled Island Music and Arts Festival) how would you describe Calgary’s comedy scene?
Clark: Calgary’s comedy scene is filled with funny and welcoming people. Comedy Monday Night (held at Broken City) is one of the best stand-up nights in the country and happens every week in your fine city. The crowds here are filled with enthusiastic people who love comedy. Also, Calgary has great organziers who put on amazing festivals like Sled Island and the Folk Fest and now YYComedy. So all around I’d say it’s pretty good.
Where: You recently won a Canadian Comedy award for your podcast, tell us about the win.
Clark: Well, the podcast won the award. It was an honor to win the very first award being handed out for podcasting by the Canadian Comedy Awards. It was all thanks to the bumpers who wrote in and voted for us, and thanks to Dave who makes the podcast possible.
I should have written a speech but had psyched myself out of thinking we could win…so my speech could have been better.
The live recording takes place at the Voodoo Lounge (720 16 Avenue NW) on Thursday, September 27 at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and available online.
The YYComedy Festival gala takes place Saturday, September 28 at 8 pm at the Jubilee Auditorium, tickets are $44 and available at Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.
Follow Clark on Twitter at @grahamclark. - Adele Brunnhofer