Comedian Ryan McMahon comes to terms with cleaning up his act for the biggest show of his career. (Nadya Kwandibens)
"When the CBC calls you and asks you to clean up the bad language in your act so that you can tape your own one hour comedy special - you do it."
There's an old saying that goes, "careful what you wish for." There's also an old saying that goes, "when the CBC calls you and asks you to clean up the bad language in your act so that you can tape your own one hour comedy special - you do it."
I've done it (some would say via a minor miracle - I'm a bit angrier than most) and I'm getting ready to tape my first standup comedy special, Ryan McMahon - UnReserved. It tapes in front of a live audience on Saturday June 2, 2012 in Calgary, AB.
I've been throwing warmup shows all over the country to get ready for the big night - tonight in Winnipeg - we come together at Aqua Books to give my producers a chance to see how far the material has come.
Here's a sample conversation from meetings leading up to a recent warmup show:
Producers: Is there another way you can get to your "Screw The Whiteman" joke that
isn't as jarring or angry?
Me: Not really. Well, I do have a "Screw The Whiteman & His Wife" joke, but that
definitely won't make it past the sensors and it's a little too political.
Producers (to each other): Why did we hire this guy again?
Me: It wasn't guilt was it, if that's the case, I'm not interested.
Producers (to me): We're going to break for coffee. Be back in 20 minutes.
Me: Awesome. I'll have a skim milk latte with triple shots of espresso and one raw sugar.
Thanks to CBC TV/Radio for their continued support of indigenous storytelling in Canada - our country is a better place because of your commitment to our stories,Corkscrew Media for creating kick ass television, Steve Glassman and Al Rae from the CBC for believing in me & a huge thanks to all of the Indigenous Artists that are out there telling the truth - peace and love.
See ya tonight.
Tickets are limited for Wednesday's night show at Aqua Books. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show at 7 p.m.
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