Friday, March 25, 2011

The Tour That Started My Career...

Tomorrow is a big day in Timmy’s little world.

I can’t call it my television debut. That was January 12, 2007, when I was highlighted in an Entertainment Tonight Canada segment.


In fact, if you tune in to CTS TOMORROW (Sat. Mar. 26) at 10:30pm (Ont.) you’ll be able to hear a little bit about that experience.

You see, four years ago, not long after I attempted to become the lone male in a female dominated television role, I was asked to road manage a cross-Canada tour called, “Leland Klassen’s Comedy Tournament”.


Little did I know that experience would end up becoming the launching pad for my stand-up comedy career.

So, where does TV come into all this?

Well Leland’s three-fold vision was this (in my words):

One: To create a travelling coliseum in which to pit aspiring comics against each other, for the amusement of others.

Two: To mentor, encourage and raise up a new generation of clean comedians.

Three: To document the entire experience – onstage, backstage & offstage – and present it to the world as a reality show.

This, of course, meant having two camera men looking over our shoulders almost 24-7, gathering footage that would eventually be compiled into the 13 episodes that are now…finally…going to air!

27 Rookies – 20 Cities – 6 Finalists – 2 Cameras – 1 Manager – 1 Veteran and eventually…1 Grand Champion.

Did you see, “1 Manager”? That’s me.

Did you see, “Grand Champion”? That’s…I can’t tell you.

What I can tell you is…heading into the tour I wasn’t exactly sure what it would entail and I definitely wasn’t aware of the crucial role it would end up playing in my future.

I had met Leland a few times at other events I had managed, but we didn’t know each other well. I’m not even sure I knew there would be cameras. But, I DID know I wanted to have a quality story to tell when I got off the long flight from Ontario to B.C.

And, in Episode One you’ll hear The Airplane Story the very first time it was ever told.

“First time”, because not only was it my introduction to Leland and my introduction to those who watch this series, but it went on to become the centerpiece of my first official 7-minute comedy set…and, it’s more polished version, gets to the stage almost every time I perform.





Early in the tour, I was asked to fill a last minute need. Would I be willing to introduce Leland, that night?

I said, yes.

And…well. For me, the rest is history…in the making.

I’m incredibly honoured to be on this series! It’s a brilliantly unique concept that is funny and inspiring. There’s a lot of stand-up, but the series isn’t primarily about the performances…it’s about the stories behind the performances (of which mine is just one).

So, starting tomorrow, tune into CTS every Saturday and watch “a comedy reality show that will touch your funny bone and your heart”.

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

*Find your CTS channel # HERE

Have a good one,
Timmy

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Hair is Fit For Royalty!

The latest “look” to hit the fashion world has been established by the incredibly stunning, and soon to be “Princess”, Kate Middleton.


Her hair is to die for!

Now, even with world-wide disasters of epic proportions surfacing almost monthly, there are only two things I truly fear:

1. Being a tall thin man with a large gut and,
2. Being “fashionably” late

As a result, all my energy is devoted to keeping those two ugly beasts at bay. Sure it may be an obsession, but have you ever seen a six-foot, 160-pound man whose gut is three times his height, wearing pants three decades too late.

I am NOT going to be that guy.

So, while doing 100,000 crunches a day, I do everything humanly possible to live life on the cutting edge of fashion. In fact, most of the time, I’m ahead of the game. For example, at present, I’m the only one on my street wearing parachute pants. Can’t touch this!

But staying hip in the clothing department is easy compared to being down with the latest hair styles.

I mean what if you misread a cultural fashion shift and accidentally pick up something that’s “so yesterday”? No problem. Your wardrobe malfunction, although embarrassing, can be quickly fixed by dropping by the nearest Walmart or other notable clothing shops and simply picking up something that’s “so tomorrow”.

However, if you chop off the timeless mullet because your gut is telling you “The Bieber” will stick around for a while…and you’re wrong.

Well, there is no quick fix.

It’s either endure endless ridicule while waiting for your "girly bob" to grow back out or...you go all Bruce Willis and be called, “Mr. Wanna Be Bruce Willis” for the rest of your life. It becomes a no win situation.

Do you know what we call people who don’t win…

Losers!

And anyone who has seen me workout can tell by the sweat on my brow and the hot pink leg warmers on my calves that I don’t play to lose. I’m a winner. In life…and especially in fashion.

People, when I do my do...I’m not only looking for what’s hot now, I want staying power.  Because quite frankly, I’m not about to do this again:


That’s where research comes in. Which is why, on any given day, in between crunch sets, you’ll probably find me looking through Allure, watching America’s Next Top Model, studying hairstyle flowcharts from the past or sometimes…just hanging out in some nondescript salon trying to get a finger on the pulse of the little people.

It may seem a little intense, but it’s a necessary evil. After all, if I can find time to exercise, I can certainly find time to make sure my head is as attractive as my abs.

What about the princess? Is Kate Middleton’s hair style the next big thing? Oh ya. I’m all over “The Kate”.


And if I’m right, it’ll be the best hair decision I’ve made since sporting...“The Rachel”.


Have a good one,
Timmy

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Moment for Eternity

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Great Twit Experiment: The Aftermath


*Check out the experiment HERE

Okay. To call it an “experiment” is a little extreme, because that implies I actually had a theory & hypothesis in place. So, why did I contact the 77 Twits I follow?

To satisfy some deep need to understand the complex dynamics of an organic community living in a technological shell? Nope. Just thought it would be cool.

And it was.

The responses, the stats I compiled and especially the questions raised in my own mind, “Why do I follow you?” and “Why should you follow me?” were all…cool.


“Why do I follow you?”

The fact is, despite my “social” experiment, I don’t follow you on Twitter because you’re social. I follow you because you post things I find funny or interesting…or you’re wearing Hotpants in your avatar – I’m sure @IttyBittyBikini479 has some deep insights.

Now, if you want to chat…I’m all for it. I love people and have met some awesome Twits over the last year. However, dropping the occasional, “Hello” isn’t really a requirement for me to follow you.

This may expose me as a brutal self-promoter but, quite frankly, I don’t care if you have Klout or take part in reciprocal following. In other words, I don’t follow you because you can boost my numbers.

And, unless your name is Ben Stiller or Alyssa Milano, I don’t care if you’re a celebrity. Stiller is second to Newhart on my comedic idol list, but it’s his work in Haiti I’m presently admiring. As for Alyssa, sure she tops my All-time Celebrity Crush list, but the Queen of Twitter always has some interesting or amusing nugget to share. My point is your follower to follow ratio isn’t important to me. Having a million followers is impressive…but it doesn’t mean I want to follow you.

If you can make me laugh or think…I’ll probably follow you. That’s it.


“Why should you follow me?”

For the same reason.

Now, I’m not about to turn away any follower or start DM’ing people questioning their decision to follow me.

But, I don’t want you to follow me because I followed you (It’s very nice…but unnecessary), or you were worried my numbers are low (I’m genuinely thankful for your concern) or because you want a new friend (Which may…or may not happen).

I don’t care for auto-follows, for companies who follow based on keywords (I type “credit card” and three credit companies follow me. I type Alyssa Milano and…still nothing) or for people who send mass blind follows hoping to grow a mass blind following.

I want you to follow me because I post things you find funny or interesting…or you think I look great in Hotpants. That’s it.

Look, I’m a pretty simple dude. I’d much rather have a small number of followers who actually enjoy me and the things I produce then a million followers who wouldn’t know if I stopped creating.

So…

I’m looking for people I might enjoy…and people who might enjoy me.

If you know any…tell them @timmybits sent you.




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Have a good one,
Timmy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Great Twit Experiment: Putting the "soc" in "soc-med"

Inspired by @missstrickie, my partner in crime, I embarked on a little adventure in Twitterland. My goal was to contact every Twit I follow. “Twit” is the official word, right?

I have no idea. In fact, despite being in the blue bird’s nest for almost 21 months, with over 1900 tweets to my name, I know very little about the workings of this vast social network…and still can’t define it in 140 characters or less.

Anyways, starting at 7:00 Friday morning, I began to “put the soc in soc-med” by sending personalized messages to the 77 people I have chosen to follow. Although extremely curious as to how many would respond (the over-under was 28), I was reaching out with no real expectations.


My first response came at 10:03 from a very prompt @mrbigwood, who got back to me in 3 minutes…which was fast, but not as fast as @fringegirl (2 min).

By 3:40pm, eight hours into the process, I had reached out to half my list and only heard back from eight. But, the day was still young…after all, not everyone has a job which allows them to live on Twitter. Sure enough, the floodgates opened after 4pm with 18 responses over the next six hours…including @pyledriver1969 who actually responded almost an hour before I asked him a question. I signed off at 10:00pm…and then waited.

Five stragglers would arrive to the party in the subsequent 12 hours and I officially closed the doors at 8:56pm on Saturday, after @dldiener popped in (31 hours after her invite, but welcomed nonetheless)…only to reopen them briefly at 7:30pm Sunday for @rowdykittens. If two days isn’t being fashionably late, I don’t know what is.

So…I tweeted 77 people and received 31 responses.

That’s a 40% response rate - 55% if you disregard the 21 (4 celebrities, 7 “brands”, 10 non-regular tweeters) who I shouldn’t expect to hear from anyways. Although, getting a “Hey” from @redhourben or the lovely @alyssa_milano certainly would’ve kept me from crying myself to sleep.

Am I angry with the 45% who didn’t respond? Nope. Oh, a purge is necessary but it’s definitely not based on who did and who didn’t respond. This isn’t a bitter lashing out at the 30 regular-tweeting, non-celebrity, real people who won’t talk to me, because that would be petty…in a High School Cheerleader kinda way. You see, there are many legitimate reasons why these individuals didn’t acknowledge my outstretched hand:

1. My message got lost in their busy news feed.
2. They’re extremely busy.
3. They can’t read.

Believe me, I don’t take any of this personally. If I did…I couldn’t expect my off-line friends to constantly forgive me for taking three weeks to respond to their emails…or return their call.

However, this experiment did raise two questions…that I do take seriously.

“Who should I follow?”…and more importantly, “Why should someone follow me?”

I’ll tell you my thoughts…tomorrow.

P.S. @dandelionfleur has now responded…a mere 71 hrs after initial contact was made.

That’s 32.

**READ what happened next HERE

Have a good one,
Timmy


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Days of our Lives



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Oscar goes to...Flannelgraph Clooney!



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