The Comedy Basement
While I had always considered myself to be a creative person, I wasn't always a writer, and most certainly was not a comedy-humour writer. In middle years and high school, I wrote stories about the misadventures of a guy named Tino and his chimpanzee friend named Larry. Despite the vast underground popularity of those pieces, they did not immediately launch me into a life as a writer. For a while, I even wanted to develop my own high school dramedy program, so I dabbled in rough drafts of that "show" for years, which of course, were loosely based on my life as a young person.
In 2006, I took an introduction to creative writing course at university. It was in this class where I discovered my knack for writing humour and making other people laugh. Of course, it didn't start off that way as I had full intentions of becoming a really serious/dramatic writer, but my dramatic writing ended up being rather funny and that resulted in my writing of humour.
I first achieved success when my professor in that class told me that a piece I wrote "sounded just like Steve Martin" and that I should try to get it published in Juice, the university student creative writing journal. Well eventually, I did just that was published in the 2007 edition. The piece was called Falling Down and it was about how funny it is when people fall. The following year, I took another creative writing course and was again published in Juice for my piece Chester and Dexter's Perfect Night which was about two friends who discuss different topics while watching TV on a Friday night.
I was published in Juice a third time in 2009 for my piece The Fuckin' Easter Bunny which is available at the University of Winnipeg right now!!!
In addition to being published in Juice, I have also read my work at the University of Winnipeg English department Cabaret (at the King's Head Pub) and have read and been interviewed on the University of Winnipeg radio station, CKUW 95.9 FM. I self-published my first book, a collection of humour pieces called The Uplifting Power of Comedy in 2008. In December of 2009, I read several Christmas themed stories at the Chapters Polo Park location.
I have been heavily influenced by the works of humour writers Simon Rich (Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens), Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts series, What I'd Say To The Martians) and actor/comedian Steve Martin (Cruel Shoes, Pure Drivel, The Pleasure of Your Company) as well as Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) Tina Fey (Mean Girls, SNL, 30 Rock) and the Judd Apatow-Seth Rogen team (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Knocked Up). I think Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is the funniest movie ever made and I also watch Conan O'Brien every night and have been doing so for almost 10 years.
I started the website The Comedy Basement in 2009 and one day hope to work in television and film as a writer.