Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Does This Taste Funny?

After having a lot of fun touring around Canada's Maritime provinces with my solo show Funny, Daddy in 2013 with great media and audience reviews, I'm getting ready for a fall 2014 tour of my new 1-hour solo show Does This Taste Funny?


Prepping for my specialty: Entertained Squab.
Photo by Keith Hawkins


My new show will be an hour of food-related jokes and stories. It's the tale of why, despite graduating from a great culinary school and working in amazing kitchens in Canada and Europe, I'm not a chef today. Mixed in with the food jokes will be funny stories from behind-the-scenes of the restaurant biz!

I'm working out the details and dates and of course the script now, and I want to make sure this tour is as well-organized as possible. In order to ensure that, there are a ton of up-front expenses (booking venues, advertising etc). So, after talking to a few people who have used crowdfunding websites like IndieGogo to help pre-fund their tours and/or shows, I have decided to launch an IndieGogo campaign of my own.

I'm hoping to find a bunch of people who would like to help me get this tour off on the right foot by contributing to my IndieGogo campaign. You can find my campaign by clicking here.

 In exchange for your contribution, you will receive some cool perks. You can receive one of my favourite recipes monthly for the rest of the year, or if you play your cards right, I'll come to your house and cook you dinner for 4 before a show! Check these out:

*All contributions of $25 or more will be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club. You will receive 1 of my favourite recipes by email monthly throughout 2014, with details like where I got the idea & how I made it my own. With each recipe I will include 1 of the food-related jokes or stories I'm working on for Does This Taste Funny?

$2 (Contributor level: Cook) - Each $2 sponsor will receive a digital download of Does This Taste Funny?
All sponsor levels will be thanked in the show program.

$10 (Contributor level: Chef's Apprentice) - Each $10 sponsor will receive a ticket to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice. ($15 value). If you're not near a show, I'll donate your ticket to a deserving local charity.

$25 (Contributor level: Demi-Chef) - Each $25 sponsor will receive 2 tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, PLUS a free digital download of the show. ($35 value) 

*All contributions of $25 or more will be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club. You will receive 1 of my favourite recipes by email monthly throughout 2014, with details like where I got the idea & how I made it my own. With each recipe I will include 1 of the food-related jokes or stories I'm working on for Does This Taste Funny?

$50 (Contributor level: Chef de Partie) - Each $50 sponsor will receive TWO pairs of tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, plus a free digital download of the show ($65 value) PLUS you'll be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club throughout 2014.

$100 (Contributor level: Sous Chef) - Each $100 sponsor will receive FOUR pairs of tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, plus a free digital download of the show PLUS a Bay of Funny Comedy t-shirt ($145 value) PLUS you'll be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club throughout 2014.

$250 (Contributor level - Executive Chef) - Each $250 sponsor will get 5 pairs of tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, + a digital download of the show + a Bay of Funny Comedy t-shirt + a bottle of wine ($50-$75 retail) delivered to your home pre-show + cab fare to and from the show (on account of the wine) (approximately $280 value) + you'll be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club for 2014.
If you're not near a show you'll get a liquor store gift card & I'll donate your tickets to charity

$500 (Contributor level - Restaurateur) - Each $500 sponsor will receive TEN PAIRS of tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, plus a free digital download of the show plus a Bay of Funny Comedy t-shirt plus a bottle of wine and cab fare to and from the show PLUS a $150 donation in your name to the charity of your choice, post-tour.(approximately $580 value)
PLUS you'll be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club throughout 2014.

$1,000 (Contributor level - Minister of Food) - Each $1000 sponsor will receive 10 PAIRS of tickets to a Does This Taste Funny? show of their choice, + a free digital download of the show + a Bay of Funny Comedy t-shirt plus a bottle of wine and cab fare to and from the show plus a $150 donation in your name to the charity of your choice, post-tour PLUS Lloyd Ravn will come to your home and prepare a 3-course dinner for 4 people before the show.(priceless?)
PLUS you'll be added to the Lloyd's Llunch Counter Recipe of the Month Club for 2014.

I hope you'll jump on the Does This Taste Funny? bandwagon and make a contribution in exchange for one of the perks outlined above, as well as share my campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. Here's the link again:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/does-this-taste-funny-2014-comedy-tour

Thanks for your support!

Lloyd

New Tim Hortons Ad Suggestion

Dear Tim Hortons,


I think I've written an amazing tv and radio commercial. Feel free to use it

Man, in an office: "Did you know that Tim Hortons (insert whatever you are currently promoting here)?"

Woman standing near him: "Whaaaaat?"

Everyone in the office: "We're you raised by wolves or something? In polite society, we say 'pardon me?'"

Voice over: "Tim Hortons. You've always got time for manners."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Help Me Help Children's Hospitals in Canada



This is one of my all-time favourite pictures. 

Eric was on a weekend pass from a particularly long hospital stay, after his second and third strokes, back-to-back. He and I were so relieved to be home that we were asleep on the couch in minutes. 

Those were very difficult and terrifying days, watching Eric go through severe medical emergencies at such a young age. But thanks to extremely hard work of pediatric doctors and nurses and therapists (we stopped counting when Eric had been seen by more than 100 doctors from several different specialties by age 4), Eric's health has been pretty stable for the past few years.


That's why I decided to donate a portion of each sale from downloads of my 1-hour solo show Funny, Daddy to Children's Miracle Network, helping children's hospitals across Canada, as my way of saying "thank you for saving this kid's life". 


The show itself is the story of the ups and downs of my time as a parent, and Eric's hospital stays and the wonderful care that we received during those stays, play a big role in the story. I do find an opportunity to roast the medical community a little, too (in a loving way, of course).


I appreciate the support I've had on this so far, and I would love it if a great big pile of my friends and family jumped on board today with a $5 purchase. I know literally hundreds of you have sent me messages saying "I wish I could see that show" when it was touring around the Maritimes. Well, now's your chance.

It's easy. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal athttp://bayoffunny.com/index.php/funny-daddy-dvd


Or, you can send an interac e-mail transfer to NoLloydering@gmail.com.


You'll receive a download link in your email shortly after paying.


Thanks!

Llove,

Lloyd

Monday, January 27, 2014

Being a Maritimer in Toronto



A sample of my solo show Funny, Daddy, now available for download for only $5 at http://bayoffunny.com/index.php/funny-daddy-dvd

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The best part of being a stay-at-home Dad

The best part of being a stay-at-home dad is the wrestling.

The best part of being a stay-at-home dad is the wrestling. 
I mean, in what other job can you just wrestle at the drop of a hat? 
Even wrestlers have to wait for the bell. but a stay-at-home dad can just throw a kid on the 
floor anytime they want. And I can usually win, too. 
But when it isn’t looking good for me, I have my secret finishing move that works every time. 
interestingly enough, it was the same move that got me kicked off of my high school wrestling 
team. The raspberry kiss to the tummy. Always works. Apparently not allowed.
-Lloyd Ravn in Funny, Daddy (available at www.BayOfFunny.com)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 10 Bay of Funny Comedy moments of 2013

Top 10 Bay of Funny Comedy moments of 2013

10: Lloyd Ravn launching the 2013 lineup and launching his solo show Funny, Daddy to a full 500-seat theatre. 

9. Stephen Kinch making the crowd at the Caveau in Moncton nearly pee with his story of the most uncomfortable thing you can imagine happening with your parents!

8. Darren Elmore performing for the first time in his (very small) home town and killing them with his "growing up gay in this town" material. 

7. Francois Weber taming the wildest crowd of the year at the Belleisle Community Centre in Belleisle, NB with his always crowd-pleasing style.

6. James Uloth having the New Brunswick audience wrapped around his finger as he talked about about his hilarious everyday observations.

5. Gilson Lubin showing that islanders get islanders as he cracked up the Prince Edward Island audience with his tales of being a St Lucian in Canada.

4. Sandra Battaglini teaching the audience at the Saint John Theatre Company's BMO Rehearsal Hall the Italian word for... Ummmm, go see Sandra live and find out what word it was and you'll know why the Saint John crowd was laugh-crying so hard.

3. Casey Corbin starting his set in Sussex, NB with 15-20 minutes of hilarious Maritimes-themed jokes that any Maritime comedian would kill to have written.

2. Gavin Stephens, pointing out the uncomfortable truth to an audience at The Guild in Charlottetown: "so you guys built a house for Anne of Green Gables, eh? That must have pissed off your homeless people."

1. Tim Steeves absolutely killing by candlelight at the All Seasons Inn in Sussex during the December ice storm /  power outage.

To be part of the 2014 Top 10 Bay of Funny Comedy moments purchase a 2014 Bay of Funny Comedy pass (8 shows for $60, 3 shows for $24, 1 show for $9). Passes are good for Bay of Funny Comedy shows happening all over the Maritimes in 2014. Visit  http://bayoffunny.com/index.php/season-pass to order your pass now!

Have a hilarious New Year!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Attention hitmen looking for me: Where to find me in August

If I owe you money, here are some places you can find me in August, hopefully earning some of the money I owe you:

Watch www.bayOfFunny.com for more details

August 1: Tyne Valley Oyster Festival in PEI with Francois Weber and Matt Stewart. Click here for info.

August 7: The Guild in Charlottetown with my solo show Funny, Daddy in support of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation who are an important part of the story I tell in this show.https://www.facebook.com/events/432061286891697/

August 9: Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, PEI with Funny, Daddy in support of QEH Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/events/109516929242807/

August 10: Souris Show Hall in Souris, PEI with Funny, Daddy in support of QEH Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/events/561331240570200/

August 17: MCing Shane Ogden Presents... Manolis Zontanos! the Three Mile in Saint John, NB. Contact Shane Ogden for $10 tickets! This is going to be a killer show!!!

August 21: Happinez Wine Bar in Saint John as part of the first Fundy Fringe Festival with my solo show Funny, Daddy. 8:45 PM. Tickets at the door only.

Augsut 22: Happinez again for Fundy Fringe. 10:15 PM

Augsut 23: Saint John Arts Centre for Fundy Fringe. 9 PM

August 24: Saint John Arts Centre again for Fundy Fringe. 9 PM

August 25: A Matinee presentation of Funny, Daddy at the Saint John Arts Centre for Fundy Fringe. 3:45 PM.

August 31: Atlantic Fringe in Halifax. 7 PM Venue TBA.

2 More Atlantic Fringe shows in September too! (September 1 and 8)