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Irreverent comic Jon Dore throws out the rule book and manages expectations

Monday 13th, February 2017 / 12:44
By Johnny Papan

VANCOUVER — If there’s one thing a Canadian can understand it’s the dream of drinking at work. “I’d be about a beer and a half deep before my set, and once I’m on stage I keep them comin’. That’s the great thing about comedy, the only time I drink is when I’m at work.” If you’ve ever watched televised comedy, there’s a good chance you may have seen Canada’s comedic darling Jon Dore cracking jokes sprinkled with sarcasm all over your cable network. Once a correspondent on Canadian Idol, the Ottawa-native would soon create his own series, The Jon Dore Television Show, and become the host of uncensored stand up comedy program Funny as Hell. He’s also had guest roles on shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Inside Amy Schumer, and was the first featured comedian to ever perform on Conan.

Crazy ideas have been a staple in Dore’s career. The Jon Dore Television Show essentially volleyed the rulebook out of the igloo. It was a unique blend of unorthodox storytelling, cohesively executed in an over-the-top manner. Season Two’s opening episode “Jon Fights Discrimination” touches on subjects very relevant today, despite now being eight years old. It’s colourful and hilarious, but in today’s society, could come across as racy, and perhaps even borderline offensive to the faint of heart. Many episodes of The Jon Dore Television Show can be found on YouTube.

“There’s no bold point of view anyone can say that doesn’t offend someone else,” Dore states regarding our overly sensitive society. “Social media has caused very strange human behaviour. It’s all ‘You’re right! You’re wrong!’ There are many cases where people will turn to strangers online just for sympathy, or to fuel their ego. I think it’s weird, the fragmented media landscape isn’t for me.” Dore has yet to verify his Twitter account.

Now on his sixth season with Funny As Hell, Dore opted to open episodes with sketch-like performances, as opposed to a traditional standup set. “We once got a couple to rent out half of our stage from Airbnb,” Dore explains. “While we were performing, they were blending smoothies and making out. Eventually we had to give them the boot.”

On his upcoming standup performance, Dore suggests: “Keep your expectations low. That’s good advice for everything in life. You shouldn’t go to a Canucks game expecting them to win. Go in expecting an overtime loss. Think ‘Well, it could be better, but at least we’ll get a point out of it.’ That’s what I want people to keep in mind when they come see my show.”

Jon Dore performs at the Comedy Mix on February 24 and 25 as part of JFL NorthWest. Also catch him on the 23rd as a guest for a taping of Stop Podcasting Yourself at Biltmore Cabaret.

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