Stand-up profiles

Quick questions for a few of the regulars at the Victory Open Mic Stand-up night.

Andrew Ivimey

Age: 22

Where are you from?
St john’s. I’m a townie.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Honestly, a stand up comedian, or a cop. Or both. Like the karaoke kop. A komedy kop.

What’s your performance background?
About 4 years acting.

Why stand-up?
Because I grew up idolizing comedians.

Favorite stand-up comic?
Jerry Seinfeld.

How would you describe your stage persona?
A pretentious frat boy nerd clown pilot superhero.

Favorite one-liner.
A musicial is the same as a burlap sac. I would not want to be caught in either.

Lamest heckle received.
I never get heckled. I am flawless.

Tim Ronan

Age: 25

Where are you from?
St. John’s, Newfoundland.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist. And a masked crime fighter.

What’s your performance background?
Improv, sketch writing, lying…

Why stand-up?
I wanna make the world a better place.

Favorite stand-up comic?
Bill Hicks

How would you describe your stage persona?
Critical.

Favorite one-liner.
Vegan is Communist for Liar.

Lamest heckle received.
Someone once ran into the Victory with his face covered by a scarf, threw some beer coasters at me, and ran out. I had no response.

Paul Warford

Age: 26

Where are you from?
Bay Roberts

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Writer/comic

What’s your performance background?
I did plays and bullshit since I was quite young. Drama club from grade 8ish on. A lot of starring roles and shit. Improv team grade 11 and 12. Hosted everything there was to host for my residence all four of the years I was at Acadia. Lots of shit on the side during all of this time. Standup in 2002… 2001? 2002, probably.

Why stand-up?
Didn’t we do this one already? Just always wanted to try it. Loved it once I did it.

Favorite stand-up comic?
I really like Jeremy Hotz these days. Mitch Hedberg. Gerry Dee. Larry David is the epitome, though. But not for standup, for his writing.

How would you describe your stage persona?
Nauseous.

Favorite one-liner.
“I’ll tell you something about attractive people: we’re not well-liked.” – Larry David

Lamest heckle received.
I don’t have an answer for this. I can think of lamest hecklers, but I forget the shit they say…
We’re buddies!

Sherri Levesque

Age: Old enough to know better.

Where are you from?
The Gut.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Sister of Mercy.

What’s your performance background?
Stealin’ stages since ’89.

Why stand-up?
Allows me to live in the land of ridiculous under the guise of doing it for the material.

Favorite stand-up comic?
Your mom is pretty funny. And Sarah Silverman.

How would you describe your stage persona?
Obnoxiously confident.

Favorite one-liner.
How many animals can you fit into a pair of pantyhose? 10 little pigs, 2 calves, an ass, a beaver, an unknown number of hare and a fish that no one can find.

Lamest heckle received.
“Missus – show me yer tits!” I didn’t say nothin’, just showed ’em. It’s about time someone asked me.

Matthew Esteves

Age: 22

Where are you from?
St. John’s

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Batman

What’s your performance background?
Improv, theatrical drama, lying all the time.

Why stand-up?
Standup is the only medium where you are encouraged not to be physically attractive.

Favorite stand-up comic?
Demetri Martin

How would you describe your stage persona?
Someone who is either playing devil’s advocate to everything he sees, or an obstinate fool unable to understand everyday concepts.

Favorite one-liner.
“Madame, I may be drunk, but in the morning I will be sober, and you will still be ugly.” – Winston Churchill

Lamest heckle received.
Sorry, I have nothing but good things to say about the quality of heckles I have thus far received, they are all upstart geniuses who outshine me with their brilliance and wordcraft.