COMEDY GREEN ROOM NEWSLETTER JULY 2019

July 3, 2019

www.thecomedygreenroom.com

July 2019

 

 

Comedy Spotlight: Ms. Renée Percy

 

Showbiz In My Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the early 2000’s many young comics started their careers in Toronto. Some of the reasons for the influx of comedy talent in Toronto were the growth of Open Mic rooms, the Humber School of Comedy and the Toronto Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Head Office. If you had the desire a young comic could do one or more shows a night.

 

Some of the new comics were trying to learn the craft, some were great writers, some were great performers, but one young lady stood out from the rest. Ms. Renée Percy had the stage presence of a veteran performer, was a superb writer, and could adapt to touring with Yuk Yuk’s or hitting the tough open mic scene.  Little did the author, David Reuben, know that Renée Percy was already a seasoned professional entertainer when she hit the “Toronto Comedy Scene”.

 

Ms. Renée Percy was born and raised in downtown Toronto. Renée remembers; “I lived in the Annex as a kid and went to Huron Street Public School, later we moved to Bloor West Village. I’m a TO girl through and through.”

 

Ms. Percy grew up in Canadian Show Business, her mother was a professional dancer and teacher and her father was a professional musician. Renée’s mother states; “Renée was extremely good in school and was a leader among her friends.”

 

By the age of 9, young Renée Percy already had her sights set on a career in show business. She auditioned for “Degrassi” three years in a row and every year got the same letter, “…should a younger part arise, we will be in contact”. Renée says; “Finally, even though I was only 12, I could pass for 14 and I booked it. I was the youngest person on the show and felt very cool that when I was in grade 7, I was playing a grade 9, and when I was in grade 8, I was in grade 10.”

 

Ironically “Degrassi” led to her first stand-up comedy performance. “My very first standup set was when I was 13. In between seasons, the show would do workshops with the actors that culminated in a talent show where everyone would perform an act of their choice in front of the rest of the cast and crew to give the writers ideas of things to write for us (when I say “us” I mean the rest of the cast because I basically just walked the halls for two years on that show).”

 

 “For some crazy reason I got it into my head that I would do a standup comedy. I had never done standup before, but I loved listening to standup albums (Steven Wright, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby before he was gross). It was the night before the talent show and I had absolutely nothing. I remember my dad stayed up with me all night writing jokes. I was cursing myself for having no other discernable talent.”

 

“The other girls were doing lip syncs, or gymnastic routines and for some reason I thought I could write an entire standup set the night before to perform from the producers of the most popular Canadian television show. I was so nervous; I remember being backstage wondering if I could break my arm by slamming it in the door so that I didn’t

 

 

have to go on. I went on and killed. And it’s been all downhill since then. The only joke I remember from that set was “Can you imagine if Patrick Swayze and Swoosie Kurtz got married? Every time she’d introduce herself, she’d be like, “Hi, I’m Swoosie Swayze” people would be like, “Whoa lady, I think you’ve had enough.”

 

After the “Degrassi” high school experience Renée auditioned and was accepted into the Etobicoke School of The Arts majoring in Drama. Mom Lorraine remembers; Renée always liked to be busy and is extremely focused and disciplined. She also studied modern dance and spent a year at the National Ballet School. She studied karate and has a second-degree black belt.

 

After high school Renée studied at The University of Toronto with an Honours Specialist Degree in Theater. Renée thought she was going to be a serious actress, but you never know where life takes you. In Ms. Percy’s case it took her to Europe. “Touring Europe doing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was, and still is, one of the highlights of my career (all the good stuff happened early). I thought I was going to be a dramatic actor and work at Stratford, but I played Sir Andrew in that production, and while the other girls got to look pretty and received flowers from admirers, all I cared about was getting laughs.”

 

Back in Toronto after touring Europe Renée immersed herself in comedy. Ms. Percy completed the Second City conservatory program, toured with Yuk Yuk’s, and received a scholarship to the Humber School of Comedy for their post grad program.

 

After graduation Renée Percy continued to excel at her chosen profession. Her viral video ‘Sure Lock: A True Poo Story’, has been viewed over 13 million times, was the most watched comedy video on YouTube, and won her a Canadian Comedy Award. Renée is also a past winner of the Phil Hartman Award.

 

Some writing credits include writing for Canada’s #1 comedy show AIR FARCE LIVE! (CBC), COMEDY INC. (CTV/The Comedy Network), MEN WITH BROOMS (CBC), she was co-creator of Teletoon’s animated pilot DUNCE BUCKET, and most recently she wrote for Teletoon’s animated series FUGGET ABOUT IT.

 

Stand-Up wise, Renée was featured CTV TV’s Comedy Now episode “Women Of The Night” and this special episode in 2004 also featured Aurora Browne, Jen Goodhue, and Sabrina Jalees, As an actress Ms. Percy was featured as a series regular for four seasons on the hit sketch comedy show COMEDY INC. (Comedy Network/CTV).

 

In 2005, life changed for Ms. Renée Percy. At a sketch/improv show in downtown Toronto, Renée met her future husband David. He says; “Renée is laser focused and a perfectionist when it came to her career.”

 

 

From 2005 to 20010 Renée continued to work as a stand-up, writer, actress, and sketch/improv performer. David remembers; Things were starting to happen in Toronto for her, but she had a desire for a bigger career in the USA.” Renée also remembers; I was up for some big shows in Canada when we made the move to the USA, but the natural progression career wise was to move to Los Angeles.”

 

Renée and David adapted to Los Angeles and with her outgoing personality she was able to make friends in the city of Angels. Not surprisingly, most of Renée and David’s friends are Canadians who relocated to Los Angeles. Younger sister Justine says; “Renée adapted quickly to Los Angeles, but then she thrives wherever she is.”

 

In Los Angeles, Renée Percy concentrated on her acting career and was auditioning almost weekly for big American television shows. Renée states; “Being in LA is like playing the lottery, every day your life can totally change”. Stand-up became secondary and she was not out that much on the Los Angeles comedy scene. Renée says; “I tried to get the sitcom deal so I could avoid the fight of the Los Angeles comedy scene.” But she kept her hand in it by doing some shows with friends in Los Angeles particularly the “Canada Day Show” at The Comedy Store.

 

Life takes twists and turns and people never know what the future holds. During some martial issues and a low point in her career Renée took up marathon running. Renée says; “I think the running was a way to feel like there was something in my life I had control over. Whether I ran faster, or beat the time I wanted to beat, was up to me and not up to someone saying, “She’s good but we wanted a brunette” or “If only she was an inch shorter”.”

 

In 2017, Renée gave stand-up another shot. She wrote a brand new 5 min set. According to Renée; it was very humbling to start over in stand-up with all new material and hitting the open mic rooms trying to get 2 minutes of stage time.”

 

Fellow comedian, Ross Copeland, met Renée when she started stand-up again in 2017 and says: “Renée is totally focused on stand-up, has a incredible work ethic and she has put herself out there with her honesty about difficult topics such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, and trying to have kids. Renée is very honest on stage and gets a great response.”

 

Renée and husband David sorted out their marital issues and he sees that she has immersed herself in the Los Angeles comedy scene in the last two years. According to David; Renée is much more mature and venerable in her act, and she is constantly writing.”

 

Mom Lorraine and sister Justine recently saw Renée perform in Vancouver B.C and noticed how confident, mature and venerable Renée is on stage. Sister Justine says; Renée is honest and ballsy on stage and she is talking about current female issues.”

 

Justine also remembers that Renée always wanted to make everyone laugh and that the Percy dinner table was like a comedy hour. “My sister is a Ninja and a major influence in my life. You have major shoes to fill when Renée is your big sister. Though our look and fashion choices are totally different, when I am seeing Renée I up my fashion game because she always looks amazing.”

 

Comedy has been great for Renée Percy since her return in 2017, she is a regular host at Flappers Comedy club in Burbank. Teaches stand up classes at Flappers and will be a guest instructor at the Humber School of Comedy. Has headlined at Flappers and is back doing shows throughout Canada with Yuk Yuk’s.

 

Now Renée Percy is immersed in the Los Angeles comedy scene and is out 5 nights a week trying to be seen by clubs and management. It is Los Angeles and you never know who you might run into.

 

“Renée states; Oh man, I live in LA so you can’t swing a dead cat in this city and not hit a celebrity (no cats were harmed in the typing of that sentence). I’ve had the pleasure of working with lots of people, Kelsey Grammar, Tony Shaloub, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, Christian Slater, Alan Thicke, Jason Priestly, Fabio almost killed me on a motorcycle once…”

 

“I’ve shared a stage with Whitney Cummings, Tiffany Haddish, Preacher Lawson, Seinfeld (I did a spot, and then he showed up and did a spot, but they locked the doors as soon as he walked in and I was stuck in the lobby). I recently did a show at The Comedy Store with Orny Adams, Dane Cook, Ron White, and Michael Rapaport all on the same show! Everyone is here, so you’re bound to work with a celeb at some point.”

 

Renée is a regular sketch performer on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC), and can be seen on THE THUNDERMANS (Nickelodeon), THE GOLDBERGS (ABC), WORKAHOLICS (Comedy Central), I DIDN'T DO IT (Disney), AUSTIN & ALLY (Disney),  MAKING HISTORY (FOX), and is a series regular on HISTORY OF THE WORLD...FOR NOW by the creators of SILICON VALLEY and KING OF THE HILL..

 

In her spare time Ms. Percy is working on producing a podcast. “I’m starting a podcast (apparently if you’re a comedian now it’s law) called In Bed with Renée Percy where I invite fascinating people to lie down and have a conversation with me. Have you ever noticed that when you’re on your back you either get really sentimental or really silly? Well, I thought it would be a fun place to interview people from. I think people are just more vulnerable and open when they’re lying down.”

 

 

Catch Renée in the 3rd season of PRIVATE EYES with Jason Priestly on Global/ION July 2019 and in the feature film, EAT WHEATIES, with Elizabeth Banks hitting theatres in 2019!

 

For more information on Renée Percy visit www.reneepercy.com

on Instagram at @thereneepercy

 

Mention you found out about Ms. Renée Percy on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

International Songwriting Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.thecomedygreenroom.com  https://songwritingcompetition.com/

 

Mention you found out about ISC on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to partners with the International Songwriting Competition ISC https://songwritingcompetition.com/.

 

I would like to welcome Mr. Shane Whalen, Director of Marketing, and the staff of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) to The Comedy Green Room Family.

 

ISC is the world's largest and most prestigious songwriting competition, receiving between 16,000-20,000 entries each year from all over the world in 23 genres of music, including Comedy/Novelty. We accept all types of comedy and novelty entries, including song parodies and stand-up routines (no music). ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to participate in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, as well as be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The 2018 judge panel included: Tom Waits, Adam Lambert, Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, Kane Brown, Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records / Viacom), Carl Caprioglio (Founder & CEO, Oglio Entertainment), and many more. https://songwritingcompetition.com/.

 

The Comedy Green Room:

David Reuben started The Comedy Green Room in 2001 with the mandate to promote Canadian, US, and International Comedy. As a producer of The Hogtown Comedy Festival, Judge on The Great Canadian Laff Off, and adviser to many US Comedy Festivals, Mr. Reuben continues to promote International Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have graced the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by www.thecomedygreenroom.com and produced by David Reuben.

 

The prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2018 winners, To find out who won visit: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.

 

Mention you found out about the International Songwriters Competition on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or www.cjsr.com

 

David Reuben, president of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to be joining forces with Norm Shaw and Cassius Morris hosts of Comic Jenius on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or www.cjsr.com.

 

Starting on Wednesday July 25, 2018 and every 4th Wednesday of the month moving forward will be devoted to promoting Canadian, US and International comics. The full two- hour show which is live Wednesdays at Midnight Edmonton time [2am Toronto time] will be an interview to profile that month’s comic.

 

Norm, Cassius, and David are committed to spotlighting a mix of comedy legends and up-and-comers in the Canadian Comedy Scene, as well as US and International comedians.

 

Comic Jenius:

Comic Jenius, our show is 12 ½ years old. Comic Jenius has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award twice, and in 2015 (at the time) co-host Lars Callieou and Norm Shaw were voted best Independent Radio DJs in Edmonton by Vue Weekly’s Best Of Edmonton Awards.  Our home is CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton or www.cjsr.com around the world.  We have a large listener base in Edmonton and area, as well as Australia, USA, South Africa and the UK.

 

The Comedy Green Room:

David Reuben started The Comedy Green Room in 2001 with the mandate to promote Canadian, US, and International Comedy. As a producer of The Hogtown Comedy Festival, Judge on The Great Canadian Laff Off, and adviser to many US Comedy Festivals, Mr. Reuben continues to promote Canadian Comedy. Canadian, US, and International Comedy acts have grace the stage weekly at Ein-Stein’s Bier Halle for 22 years. Happy Hour Comedy is sponsored by www.thecomedygreenroom.com and produced by David Reuben.

 

To be considered for a profile on Comic Jenius please e-mail: jenius.bookings@gmail.com. Please include your contact information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.thecomedygreenroom.com                    www.comicjenius.ca

 

Mention you found out about Comedy Jenius on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein July 7th Host Ruby Featuring: Nicholas Fernandes, Kanin Kuntz, Marcus Gomes, TJ Rust, and Dan Yang Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

 

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein July 14th Host Lisa Feingold

Featuring: Steve Grey, Srey Bakshi, Madison Cassidy, George Burgess, and Shubbankar Singh Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

 

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein July 21st Host Janice Israeloff Featuring: Tom Baird, Rob Collinet, James McVicar, Dave Getachew, Samuel Dunsiger and Kelly Zemnickis Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

 

Happy Hour Comedy @ ein-stein July 28th Host Marc Hallworth Featuring: Stuart Servicé, Noor Kidwai, Jared Nathan, Jeremy Fisher and Jimmy England Sign In 7:30pm. Show at 8pm..229 College Street in Toronto.

 

 

Please send in any information about Shows, Events or Comedy Festivals to thecomedygreenroom@gmail.com. Please give two weeks’ lead time. Newsletters come out the first week of each month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Robinson and the Nubian Disciples of Pryor: July 28th at 8:30 pm... Yuk Yuk’s Downtown 224 Richmond W. in Toronto, ON 416.967.6425. Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comedy Monday Night in Calgary Alberta

 

Every Monday Night; at  8pm @ Broken City 613-11 Ave. SW. in Calgary, AB James Moore presents Western Canada’s longest running open mic where amateur, professional and first time comedians gather. For more information visit http://comedymondaynight.com/. Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Tuesday Night; at 8pm @ Blind Beggar 4608 McLeod Trail S.W. in Calgary, AB Cory Harding presents Western Canada’s Tuesday Night open mic where amateur, professional and first-time comedians gather. For more information contact Cory at https://www.facebook.com/comedytuesdaynight/. To book a spot info@coryharding.com.

Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CCA19 award recipients were announced at a ceremony at The Second City Toronto on June 4, 2019, hosted by Ali Hassan, with presenters Ron Sparks, Kate Davis, Andrew Chapman, and Martha Chavez. To see who took home an award visit https://www.canadiancomedyawards.org/archives.php.

 

Mention you found out about CCA19 on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Comedy Green Room Supports Canadian Comedy

 

The Canadian Comedy Community

 

 

 

 

 

This Page is for Comics, Comedy Clubs and Producers in Canada to post their shows, events and availability. Let’s bring Canada together in Comedy All Canadian Events Welcome. No Bullying

https://www.facebook.com/CanadianComedyCommunity/.

 

Shows from my funny friends                      Cleve Jones & Victoria Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comedy Bar 945 Bloor St.                                   The Dock on Queen St.

W in Toronto ON                                                932 Queen St. E in Toronto

 

Comedy Animation:

Ms. Jordyn Shapiro has just completed a comedy animation titled "Ruby The Darkest Mind in Comedy.  Check out this talent artist work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RilbQpEiMY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This & That:

Stage Time Magazine: David Reuben, president of www.thecomedygreenroom.com, would like to thank Tasha A. Harris of Stage Time Magazine for doing the excellent article on The Comedy Green RoomCheck it out by visiting http://stagetimemag.com/standup/?p=1566#more-1566. or www.stagetimemag.com.

 

New Book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help! My Feelings are sticking out of my gown!
An expressive therapeutic workbook created for chronic illness, medical or physically challenged children and young adolescents. Author Maurie Shapiro-Comenzo, PhD Co-Author/illustrator  Jordyn Shapiro. For more information visit http://www.nibdinkids.com.

 

 

Social Media:

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby “The Darkest Mind In Comedy” on YouTube. You will find 3 videos go to http://www.youtube.com/ruby0666.

 

 

 

 

Follow The Comedy Green Room on Twitter!

https://twitter.com/CGR_News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/comedygreenroom/

 

Comedy Festivals:

 

 

https://ch1chestercomedyfestival.com/

Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 3rd to July 8th in New Orleans Louisiana

https://blackgirlgiggles.com/

Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11th to July 13th

http://nantucketcomedyfestival.org/

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http://www.shrewsburyinternationalcomedyfestival.co.uk/

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July 18th to July 21st

https://portlandqueercomedyfestival.com/

Mention you found out about this event on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

https://hamptonbeachcomedy.weebly.com/

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https://vodafonecomedy.com/

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https://www.crieffcomedyfest.com/

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Please send in any information about Shows, Events or Comedy Festivals to thecomedygreenroom@gmail.com. Please give two weeks’ lead time. Newsletters come out the first week of each month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Reuben, President, of The Comedy Green Room is thrilled to welcome the “All Joking Aside” team to The Comedy Green Room Family. I would like to thank Producer, Jon Ornoy, Director, Shannon Kohli, Elizabeth McCarthy and the rest of the “All Joking Aside” team for welcoming The Comedy Green Room to this exciting stand-up project.

 

INDIE FILM ON WOMEN IN STAND-UP COMEDY ANNOUNCES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN AND CHARITY PARTNERSHIPS

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. –  Feature film All Joking Aside follows the struggles of a young woman searching for her voice as a comedian, is launching a crowdfunding effort October 10 to October 31 to raise $30,000 in production financing, and lend support to non-profits Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians (CASC) and Stand-Up! Girls.


Exploring novel ways to engage our audience Animal Mother Films (AMF) is welcoming the public to become active participants in the film-making process, and connect with a community of comedians and comedy lovers. AMF is offering a unique range of perks and ways to join our film-making team, regardless of where they live.  The campaign will also see partial proceeds directed to CASC and Stand Up Girls to support their comedic efforts in the real world.

 

Stand Up! Girls is a non-profit organization that offers free workshops in New York City to educate, inspire and equip girls from underserved communities with the communication skills necessary to succeed in and lead male-dominated workplaces.  CASC is a professional association that is currently engaged in a drive to have stand-up comedy declared an official art form in Canada. To find out more please visit our website at alljokingasidemovie.com.

 

All Joking Aside is a feature-length comedy film about the barriers women face in the entertainment industry, told through the story of one young woman committed to beating the odds and pursuing her dream of becoming a stand-up comic. It’s 2018, and despite making up more than half of the world’s population, women still only count for about 10% of the performers at comedy clubs. If we accept that women are just as funny as men, the question becomes why are there not more female comics, and what can we do about it?

 

For more information about the “All Joking Aside” crowdfunding project visit https://alljokingasidemovie.com/crowdfunding/.

 

Mention you found out about this stand-up comedy project on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Work:

 

The Comedy Green Room is proud to be aligned with these two wonderful charities.

Mention you found out about these charities on www.thecomedygreenroom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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