Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mothers, don't let your comics open for rappers

Fresh IE meets student Mike Trakalo

An emcee should never open for an MC. 

While it was a delight to see husband and wife Fresh IE (Rob Wilson) and Sheila North Wilson at Red River College a couple of weeks ago, it brought back the time I opened for Fresh IE at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Shudder.

If you think that the audience for a Grammy-nominated rapper would be happy to see a white, aged comedian with ironic glasses and an non-ironic receding hairline tell Scooby-Doo jokes, then you're thinking exactly like me when I accepted the gig.

I've blurred out most of what happened at the big event, but I recall looking out into the audience and thinking, "Boy, Fresh IE sure has lots of young, female fans." So I started mentally cutting jokes until all I had was the handful that I'd written especially for the occasion.

I'd forgotten what the jokes were, until I found this scrap of paper in a drawer the other day:

The dessert list, madam.

The jokes:
  • I once opened for a Jewish rapper: Fresh Oy Vey.
  • I once opened for a farmer rapper: Fresh EIEIO.
  • I once opened for a baker rapper: Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh IE.
  • I once opened for a homeless rapper: Not So Fresh IE.
Thank you. Good night!

1 comment:

  1. If it's any consolation, MTYP is the toughest house in Winnipeg. I've heard of seasoned, professional actors broken by that place.

    Broken.

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