Nick Flanagan is not a tattoo artist or a professional golfer and he no longer plays in rock bands. Nick Flanagan is, however, a comedian who is on the rise in Canada and one that is attempting to carve out a following independently. His humble attitude and self-deprecating style have made him into a staple of Toronto’s underground comedy scene and his affiliations with some big names hasn’t hurt his career in the slightest.
“Yeah it’s really helped… I got on a show that [LA comedian] DC Pierson puts on because he’s a fan of the Best Show [on WFMU]. I don’t think he would have put me on that show otherwise. And Ted Leo [of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists] put me on a show last year with a bunch of good people,” Flanagan says, referring to his affiliation with comedy radio show The Best Show on WFMUand how it’s been a boon to his career. For those in the loop, many comedy nerds see The Best Show as the grandfather of the comedy podcast.
Flanagan’s garage punk band, The Brutal Knights, caught the attention of the show’s host, Tom Scharpling, and the subsequent exposure for his comedy career has paid off. Working with DC Pierson (from the Internet-famous group, Derrick Comedy) and Ted Leo might not seem like the path towards being the next Brent Butt, but for a comedian who is not currently on the roster of a comedy club, every little bit counts.
The Internet has changed the game for many comedians and Nick Flanagan is living proof of this. While a standup from Canada normally has to do extensive touring before getting booked in Los Angeles, his connections through podcasts and his amazing Twitter account has allowed Flanagan to jump the line and spare his comedy some of the hardships that go along with touring Canada. This may have given Nick Flanagan a bit of an inferiority complex.
“Am I outgunned here comedically at Sled Island?” Flanagan ponders towards the end of our casual interview. His question sounds genuine, but I hear his voice rally and he comes back right with an answer.
“I don’t so think, I’m excited [for Sled Island]” and perhaps it was just his self-deprecating comedic style that took over his personality for a moment. Nick Flanagan is a very funny comedian with an impressive resume, even if he isn’t a household name in Canada, yet.
Catch Nick Flanagan at the Auburn Saloon on June 20 and 21.
by Jaron JamesAB, Alberta, Featured