Archive for the ‘General’ Category

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Great Canadian Laugh Off with Snow

February 13, 2007

Great Canadian Laugh OffTonight is the second night of judging for the Calgary selection for the Great Canadian Laugh Off.  I have a radio spot on  X-96.9 with Josh Holliday before we head over to Yuk Yuks to fufill our Judge duties.  I’m nursing a cold and can only hope I can bring the level of energy required for such tasks.

feb 13th snowAnd COULD THERE BE MORE SNOW?!?

…And it’s my birthday tomorrow…

Everyone have a happy Lupercalia!  I would encourage everyone to check out the link.  Valentines day was originally Lupercalia, “The Lupercalia observed a very ancient and sexy, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, held on February 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility…”  “…The object of the festival was, by expiation and purification, to secure the fruitfulness of the land, the increase of the flocks and the prosperity of the whole people. It survived until 494, when it was changed by Pope Gelasius into the feast of the Purification of the Virgin (then on February 14, now on February 2)…” “…Gelasius finally abolished the Lupercalia after a long contest. The feast of St. Valentine among a host of unknown martyrs was first declared February 14 by Pope Gelasius I in 496.”

And it has now evolved into a commercialized day of “love”, you know, for people who “love” to buy flowers, chocolate, and jewelry, or for others that “love” to feel alienated and lonely for not being in a relationship.  ‘Cause that is what Saint Valentine was all about.

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Comedy Idol, Comedy Now, and Grammar Also

February 8, 2007

CFEX FMThe first night of judging passed February 06th.  I had a fine time reviewing the talent with Josh Holliday from X92.9 FM, and Holly Watt representing Yuk Yuks.  Good times.  The show went well and we got to see a full range of comedy style and talent.  Tony Binns came away as the nights winner.  I am proud of Tony as he has also had a pivotal role in the development of my career as an esteemed peer.  He’s been a mainstay as a good friend since the inception of my pursuit of comedy.  I’ve always admired his ability to perform intelligent, clean comedy, that, and he’s one of the only guys who gets jokes about grammar.Elements of Style

Me: “You know what’s fun?  Grammar is.”

Audience: (Sound FX – Cricket chirp)

Tony (back of room): “Hee-hee-hee.” 

Josh HollidayAs it turns out Josh has an extensive perfoming history himself, having performed in theatre and comedy stages in Toronto.  He has also played rugby, so I think his knowlege of the hilarious and cleats to the neck should prove very helpful.  I’m looking forward to exchanging stories of the Rivoli and Spirits, and getting a prop to the face trying to set up a maul with a scrum half.

 He’ll get it like Tony Binns gets grammar.

Comedy NowTonight I get to showcase for Comedy Now

“How would you like your comedy?”

“NOW!”

I’ll have to wait to see what happens.   Yep, I find out later about Comedy Now

This stuff writes itself.

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Hello again

February 7, 2007

This year is gonna be a good one…or not, but I have hope.  Fresh start with a fresh web site.  I have a new CD and DVD, with video of the DVD in the “Video” section of the site – check it out.  Updates will be regular, looking forward to imposing my opinions on you.

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Vancouver, Montreal, and Saskatchewan

February 10, 2006

It’s been a bit since I last wrote here.  I apologise to the three or four of you that actually read this.  I now have a myspace where you too can be my friend.  

Irwin Barker and Kelly Dixon.  Last night the show rocked.  I finally have the finger on the pulse of Vancouver, maybe previously I shouldn’t have tried to take the pulse with my thumb.

presley_camden_0001Man, it’s been a trippy year.  The highlight has to be the birth of my daughter, Presley, who is growing into a little lady.   She lights up the room with her dimply smile. camden has really stepped up as a big bro and loves the sh*t out of her, I think it’s him, the sh*t is coming from somewhere, and there is a lot of it.

I was at montreal for the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival which was a hugely wondrous, and enlightening experience.  The feedback was great and I met a lot of influential people, while they were hammered, and promised me nothing, and wouldn’t remember me if I gave them remember me pills.

richard_lettRecently, I was on tour with the infamous Richard Lett, the Canadian George Carlin, with a voice like golden honey, golden honey that has been smelted with glass shards and itchy.   I do have to publicly thank the blatty crooner for taking me out of a potentially dangerous situation(s), disarming me, and loading me full of pizza.  The details are unecessary, but Saskatoon can now rest peacefully and safely soley to the diligence of Richard Lett.  I still think that the dude was Cree Indian.   That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Whatever.

PastaI have the luxury of staying at my buddy’s home here in Vancouver, Lachlan Patterson, a fellow comedian, has provided me with the guest room at his estate.

He had his cook whip up a salmon pasta, with fresh rosmary from the garden absolutely fine cuisine.

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Lachlan is working this week with Paul Provenza, the director of “The Aristocrats”, currently one of the most talked about movies of ’05.  The discussion to go boating came up, but the opportunity did not. some friends have a cigarette boat, a term new to me.  I think the potential was enough for me, it sounds like a lot of work.

Well, that’s about it.  Aren’t you glad I started writing here again?

Me neither.  ‘Til next time.

xoxo

Freddy

rockies

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Presley Grace

March 22, 2005

presleygrace_mommyPresley Grace Fredrickson was born March 20th at approximately 1:40pm at the Rockyview General hospital.  She weighs 6.5lbs, which is pretty darn good for someone who wanted out of the pod a month early.  Mommy is doing great.  Camden is still trying to figure what just happened.

Daddy is in Toronto and has the London leg of his tour left.

presley_first_phone_callFamily is taking care of everything, and I would like to extend thanks to everyone and their support. Trinda, Camden, and Presley are in very capable hands and they all know how much I love them all.  I’ve been pretty much told to finish what I need to do here.

It’s kind of cool though, to have such a life experience embedded in a life experience.  I talked to my daughter for the fist time in Peter’s kitchen.  When I heard her crying in the background, boom, waterworks for Mr. Daddy. I got to talk to her when she was crying, the stringbean stopped as soon as she heard my voice and let out a couple of screeches in response.  What a sweetheart.

Life is awesome.

Watch “I ♥ Huckabees”, a great flick on existentialism.  Existentialism 101 by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin.

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Thursday In Mississauga

March 18, 2005

I haven’t really left the room today.  It seems that Mississauga is right outside this hotel, all around it.  I’m not sure how it happened, but it’s out there.  Personally I don’t have anything really against Missisauga, but I really don’t have anything about Mississauga that inspires me either.  Let’s call it a draw.  I’ll Forrest Gump this leg of the tour.  When I’m hungry, I’ll eat.  When I’m tired I’ll sleep.  When I have to do stand up, I’ll go do stand up.  And I’ll run everywhere I go wearing my shirt buttoned all the way up.

Blech.  Not much to add.  Thursdays.  Thursdays make me want to gnash my teeth. GNASH!  GNASH!  THURSDAY!  GNASH!

I have pictures of stuff, I have to get home to upload them, I left the cable there.  Home. It has such a nice ring to it.  Home. Such juxtiposition against “Thursday” and it’s cold embrace.

I think Mississauga is a nice place.  I can see it from here.  There’s a window in the room.  I don’t have anything at all to write, and yet I continue.  It’s one of the many hazards of connecting to the internet.  You’re there, may as well spew off rambling senseless crap.  Maybe go off and read someone else’s rambling senseless crap.  Maybe I can buy some senseless crap.  Just get online, send off a couple emails about some senseless crap that someone forwarded to me.

Ramble ramble ramble…GNASH!

Man, and it’s FRIDAY, not Thursday.  This is what Thursday’s do to you.  Damn that Thor.  Damn his day.

GNASH!

Oh yeah.  I met mark Mckinney yesterday.  Nice kid.

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Without Relent

March 17, 2005

Yesterday went well, more Toronto covered.  After the sushi, coffee, and a nap I did a spot at the downtown Yuk Yuks.  It’s refreshing to see that Wednesday crowds are as amazing as back in Calgary.  Yessir, a raucous bunch who didn’t let up laughter until the night was over.  They continued their applause for what seemed an eternity.  Wolf whistles, panties thrown at the stage, people passing out…

Yep, it was something else.

So after we got down from being carried around on people’s shoulders we headed over to Spirits.  I got five minutes stage time later in the evening where the people, my god the people.  There must have been five hundred people crammed into there.  How could I NOT go on with them chanting my name.  I thought for sure it was a fire hazard, but apparently some people had camped out for several days just to see me.  Well, I’m not one to disappoint.  Dan Gordon warmed them up sufficiently, I didn’t know if I could follow – they just wouldn’t let him leave the stage.  My dear God, the love that was shared!

…and then we ate polish sausages from some meat selling guy.

Second day in Toronto – filled with sarcasm.

The shows went well.  It’s an underrated feeling, “well”.  It’s like having a nice tall glass filled with lukewarm water.  Not bad, but it’s kinda feels like drinking piss without the salty

The weekend approaches.