What a great couple weeks to end an exciting year! After hearing about Roxie for ages, I finally made it out to a club called ZIPPERZ on Monday night (twice in fact) to see this entertaining drag queen. Gigi and Alex Pangman joined me both times.
We brought other friends along and met Ori Dagan there – who is one of the main Roxie-fans that talked her up. Roxie is seriously funny one moment and then sings a ballad that causes you to drink the next. My bar tab was unusually high there on both visits, despite the fact that drinks are not particularly expensive. I guess a good drag queen drives me to drink.
I took a bus to North Bay for Christmas. Don’t get me started on the fact that there are no more Northlander Trains – I’m pretty sore on that one, but happy to report Dalton McGuinty’s terrible blunder looks like it’ll be reversed by Kathleen Wynn and if she gets us back on track, I’ll be singing her praises with wild joyous abandon. The bus sucks – but I got a lot of writing done…old skool pen to paper.
North Bay had snow but it rained Christmas Eve so our candles up and down the street (Santa’s Runway) was short-lived. We had many guests drop by the house as always but in smaller groups so we got really good visits in with everyone. I normally don’t care about presents but my cordless headphones, the warped wine glasses and professional foot massaging unit were brilliant gifts. Apparently, Santa really gets me.
New Years Eve was truly memorable. It was my tenth or eleventh year acting as MD for The Massey Hall New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza and the fifth year with Dave Howard and the Bonzai Suzuki crew. (Almost all the shows on NYE also featured Great Bob Scott on drums.) This year Barbra Lica, Genevieve and Sahra Featherstone joined us and performed a syncronic routine to a song called “Work That Butt” and I sang a ditty called “Let’s Potty”.
Tom Green was a nice guy, Kenny Robinson told the truth and every comic was rewarded with a big round of applesauce…er, applause. It was great to see Mark Breslin once again – an annual tradition. He picks the best comics year after year and just recently I found an old show we did together for CTV where he featured Jim Carrey, Harland Williams, Steve Pearl and others…I think somebody should hire Breslin to produce some new comedy specials. There’s nobody with more knowledge and friends in the comedy biz.
After singing Auld Lange Syne at 10:30 we beelined to an Indian restaurant on King called Kama. Roger Clown and Robert Scott performed earlier and I jumped up with Don Francks and Tony Quarrington upon arrival and sang.
Then Barbra Lica and Genevieve took over. The house band included TQ on guitar, Lou Pomanti on keys, Lee Hutchinson on bass, Alison Young on tenor sax, Great Bob Scott on drums and special guest Rich Underhill on alto sax. We ate, drank and sang into the wee hours. A classy way to enter into the New Year!