Interview with Comedian Rebecca Reeds
Today on What On What’s Good with Jovin Tardif, I am here with Rebecca Reeds. Rebecca has appeared on SiriusXM, Fox, and CBC Comedy. Reeds has also performed at several festivals across the country including Toronto’s JFL42, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, NXNE, SheDot, and the Cottage Country Comedy Festival. Today, I have the honour and privilege to speak to her. Please enjoy.
1. Your first gig was at age 21. How did you feel after the first show? What did you learn?
After my first show, I felt like I could explode. The rush of adrenaline was insane and as I now know, extremely addictive. Before the show, I was a complete mess. I couldn’t feel my arms and I had thrown up in the bathroom. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears. Somehow I managed to get a couple of laughs in a very tough room but later found out it might have been because I yelled my entire set. So the main lesson is nervous people yell and don’t try standup comedy unless you’re prepared to let it ruin the rest of your life.
2. How would you define comedy? How did you know you wanted to get into comedy?
I am honestly not sure how to define comedy. There are so many different variations and versions. My idea of comedy is simply anything that was designed and intended to make others laugh. I didn’t know I wanted to get into comedy until I had already started. In university, I was in an improv group and enjoyed the creative outlet. I should mention that I was terrible at improv. I’d get some laughs but from doing all the wrong things and not following any of the rules. Standup seemed like something that might be a good hobby, something fun to do. Unfortunately, after I tried it I became completely obsessed and dropped out of school. Sorry, mom.
3. Great storytelling often leads to better results. How long do you typically work on your craft to get the end result of laughter?
All jokes are different and require different lengths of attention. Sometimes it feels instant. Some jokes never feel done, you work on them for as long as you’re telling them. I have bits that took one week to write and have others that were two years. Sometimes if a joke just is not working for you it is best just to put it down and come back to it later.
4. Do you have anyone that you consider as a mentor? Were there any comedians that inspired your career?
Before I started doing standup I worked as a server at a comedy club. I applied for the job specifically so I could try and figure out how everything worked. I’ve never had a mentor but I will say there has been a collection of comedians that gave me invaluable advice over the years. There are lots of comedians that have inspired me. Not all turned out to be good people but what can you do? The one memory that stands out in my mind is watching George Carlin with my dad. I was probably a bit too young to be consuming that type of content. He blew this kid’s mind
5. Where can we see you next? Do you have any projects that we can check out?
If you’re interested in checking out my comedy I recently released my debut album, Buddy. You can check that out on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and wherever else you grab content from. I also have a podcast with the wonderful standup comedian Craig Fay, The Villain was Right. We review movies and tv from the perspective of the villain and it’s honestly a super fun and silly hour every week. We just got nominated for three Canadian Podcast Awards so definitely check that out.
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