WHAT DRIVES YOUR PASSION AS AN ARTIST? My brain is very full at any given moment. It’s crammed with trivia, obsessions, memories of terrible jobs, arguments I did not have or did not win. And in general, I’m too polite to say what I’m thinking a lot of the time. So basically, I do comedy and tell stories to keep my head from exploding.
BIGGEST INFLUENCER(S): Josh Kornbluth, Lauren Weedman and Brian Finkelstein. All great solo performers in different ways. Also, Claudia Shear for writing “Blown Sideways Through Life,” which is just the best solo show title.
SHARE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF WE DON’T KNOW (AND WOULD SURPRISE US TO HEAR): I am the author of a fake oral history of Windows 95 titled “Restart Me Up: The Unauthorized, Un-Accurate Oral History of Windows 95.” I watched the Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston 30-minute infomercial for Windows 95 all the way through, twice, in order to write it. If you have not heard of that, you are…fortunate? Anyway, it’s frighteningly well-researched for a funny book and also quite short, so you should read it.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BREAKFAST ROUTINE? I feed the cats first (always) and then make instant coffee and toast with some combination of butter/jam/peanut butter/almond butter/honey/mascarpone on it. I eat breakfast in the living room in front of my laptop and get meowed at until I let the cat smell the toast and lick butter off my fingers. Once the cat gets his butter snack, the day can begin.
Lord of the Files got a great review in Plank Magazine today:
“There is something about the story of Lord of the Files that rings so true, so close to the spinal cord of so many artists and art enthusiasts…it is easy to see why people are flocking to this understated wonder.”
I’m mentioned as a performer in The Globe and Mail’s article on the Vancouver Fringe:
Hot Ticket: Vancouver Fringe
“…with the proliferation of storytelling-based podcasts such as The Moth, and more stripped-down, Web-based TV series, there is more crossover than ever between the Fringe and other media. In fact, Martin Dockery from The Moth, Canadian actress Beverley Elliott, Lesley Tsina of Community and comedy favourites Peter n’ Chris and Sam Mullins all have shows this year.”
SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week “The Vancouver Fringe Festival is on, bringing hundreds of ‘alternative theatre’ performances to stages across the city. We’re particularly looking forward to Lord of the Files.”