Chantel Marostica performing at the 2010 Winnipeg Comedy Festival (Leif Norman)
I got paid in pizza once. At that point, don't call it a payment. My car doesn't run on pizza, pizza can't buy me clothes or groceries. It can just get me pizza. Just call it pizza.
—Chantel Marostica, Winnipeg Comic
For the past seven years, Chantel Marostica has wandered from Thunder Bay, to Europe, and the
United Kingdom, and Montreal with, as she says, the "sole intention of making others laugh hysterically." She
should have known all along that her destiny was Winnipeg.
Marostica is now a home town girl at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
And it didn't take her long to come up with five reasons she thinks the 'Peg is a great city for comedy.
1. Winnipeggers aren't afraid to approach a) comics b) ummm... anybody.
In other cities I've visited, if an audience member likes your act, they'll nod their head at you, maybe shake your hand, and on occasion shoot you a polite compliment.
Winnipeg audiences are far friendlier, to an extreme. I love getting off stage and hugging practically the entire room. Usually I expect like, "Great set, do you have a web site or card?" but in Winnipeg, it's more along the lines of "Great set, here's your friendship bracelet, ttyl!"
2. You can literally do a show ANYWHERE in Winnipeg.
It's true. Someone finds out you do stand-up, you instantly become their go to person, charities, socials, launch parties, house parties, basements, favours, you name it.
I got paid in pizza once. At that point, don't call it a payment. My car doesn't run on pizza, pizza can't buy me clothes or groceries. It can just get me pizza. Just call it pizza...
3. The local comics are all best friends.
Being best friends with every one of your rivals is hard, and probably sounds like a very dumb idea. We make it work though...business is business.
And we're all pretty much in it for the same reason. To make people laugh,... and to be stupid ass rich. Ha... every Canadian comic's dream... right.
4. "Touring" is absolutely hilarious.
When one is a Winnippegger, a comic, and a poor sob, one chooses to look for good paying gigs, which are usually corporate, or in the smallest middle of nowhere "not even towns" towns, in Manitoba.
I did a corporate gig for the Manitoba Soccer League Association... or something... they told me to come down to the convention center for a 30 minute set for 500 teenagers.
I get to the gig, and there are over 500 6-11 year old children just screaming. The woman who booked me tells me that "The magician didn't do very well. Even if you're up there for a minute we'll still pay you!"
5. Winnipeg hecklers are THE best.
Hecklers are opinionated self centered people who have dragged out their friends to a public place, so they can make them all look like assholes. Usually they're just people who probably want to do what they're heckling at themselves, but don't have the balls to.
Winnipeggers aren't like that. Winnipeg "hecklers" are otherwise known as "pissed drunk people." The only people who really have much to say in a silent room where concentration is focused on one person talking... are those really drunk people who wander into the bar, just wasted, order a drink, take in their surroundings, and than just start screaming.
They usually get kicked out, refused service, booed, or destroyed by the comic, so they're never any worry, and can be the greatest addition to your set.
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