Nfld. & Labrador

Liam Small crowned N.L's next top comedian at comedy boot camp

A Gander comedian is celebrating this week, after surviving a comedy boot camp and even getting top honours.
After being named Newfoundland and Labrador's top comedian, Gander's Liam Small is planning to keep working at his stand-up routine. (Liam Small )

A Gander comedian is celebrating this week, after surviving a comedy boot camp and even winning top honours.

Liam Small participated in James Mullinger's Comedy Boot Camp last week, and battled against three other comedians in the province to take home the number one prize in the competition.

Small said it was a great opportunity to learn and compete against some of the province's best comedians.

"The whole thing was designed around giving comedians in Newfoundland and the other Atlantic provinces a chance to shine a little bit," said Small.

"It was free to enter, and it was just a matter of submitting a video."

There's a certain vulnerability to it, in the sense that it's your words, your voice, your creativity.- Laim Small

After submitting a video, judges narrowed the top comedians down to eight participants.

Small then received enough fan votes to qualify for the top four comedians.

The boot camp featured an intensive workshop with Mullinger, a comedian from the UK but now living in Canada and star of the Bell Aliant program Blimey! An Englishman in Atlantic Canada.

After the day-long workshop, each of the four finalists participated in a live show March 2 at Yuk Yuk's in St. John's,

It was there that Mullinger and a panel of judges, including How To Be Deadly's Donnie Dumphy, crowned Small as the top comedian in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Standup not for everyone

Rothesay comedian James Mullinger hosted a bootcamp in all four Atlantic provinces. (Facebook)

According to Small, getting up on stage to tell jokes isn't for everyone.

"Some of the funniest people in the world, your funniest friends, my funniest friends, probably wouldn't be so inclined to get up and do that in front of people," he said.

However, Small said it's something he's grown to enjoy since he first started braving comedy clubs and open mic nights over the last year.

"There's a certain vulnerability to it, in the sense that it's your words, your voice, your creativity and stuff like that."

As for what's next in his comedy career? Small plans to get back up on stage and keep honing his craft.

"I think the main name of the game is to keep trying to do as many shows as possible, and try to get out to as many open mics and amateur nights and nights up at Yuk Yuk's as you can," he said.

"I've been doing this for just a year now, so I think in the name of continuing to gain experience and stage wisdom, I think that's the plan."


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