Monday, September 20, 2010

Lost in the East Comedy Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Canada’s King of Edgy Comedy to Visit the Maritimes

September 19, 2010, Sussex, NB – Comedy fans in the Maritimes who like their laughs on the edge will be happy to hear that Darren Frost, a popular nationally-touring headliner known for his over-the-top material will be visiting the Maritimes in October. Frost’s “Lost in the East” tour will be hitting Moncton (October 17), Fredericton (October 18), Saint John (October 19) and Charlottetown (October 20).

The Toronto Star said that Frost’s material “has the quality of a satanic revival meeting”, and it is that kind of performance that has earned him a strong following of fans across the country including here on the East Coast. The eccentric entertainer, whose latest DVD, Dead Inside will be available in October, has been performing stand-up comedy since 1992 and has toured coast to coast, both delighting and offending audience members in every corner of the country, including numerous comedy festivals and appearances at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Nasty Show.

Frost’s resume includes roles in feature films such as the blockbuster Hairspray, Assault on Precinct 13 and Fever Pitch, as well as television appearances on Much Music’s Video on Trial and his own Comedy Now special on CTV and The Comedy Network. He is a regular on XM Satellite Radio’s Laugh Attack channel, where he hosts the weekly show Anything Goes with Darren Frost and has been heard on CBC Radio’s The Debaters. Frost is recognizable from his seemingly endless roles in television commercials, including a stint as the original Listerine bottle action hero.

Joining Frost on his Fall 2010 East Coast micro-tour will be his co-host on Anything Goes, and another favourite on the comedy circuit in Canada, Dave Martin. Toronto’s NOW Magazine promises that when it comes to Martin’s “alt sense of humour, you won’t be disappointed” and Eye Magazine called his material “too bold or dirty for mainstream television.” Nonetheless, Martin has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, having advanced to the final stage of the Toronto auditions, and has filmed his own Comedy Now special, in addition to appearances on the Comedy Network’s The Jon Dore Television Show.

The organizer of the “Lost in the East Comedy Tour”, New Brunswick-based comic Lloyd Ravn, who will also appear onstage with Frost and Martin, said “Maritime comedy fans don’t get enough opportunities to take in professional comedy, and fans of the kind of unorthodox material Darren and Dave bring to the stage have even fewer chances to get their comedy fix,” so he expects all three shows to sell out quickly. “If you love what Darren calls ‘Happy Clappy Fun Boy’ comedy, this might not be the show for you, but if you can leave your ability to be offended behind and just enjoy an adults-only comedy show, then you don’t want to miss this rare chance to see two of Canada’s best at work,” said Ravn.

Tickets are on-sale now, as noted below.

Show Details:

• October 17: Moncton, NB –8:00 PM - Manhattan Bar and Grill, 125 Westmoreland St –
TICKETS AT or by calling 888-311-9090 or at Read's on Main Street in Moncton. Special guest for this show: Moncton's Neal Mundle

• October 18: Fredericton, NB – 7:30 PM –Charlotte St Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte St –
TICKETS AT or by calling 888-311-9090 or at East Side Board Supply on Queen St in Fredericton. Special guest for this show: Saint John's Shane Ogden.

 • October 19: Saint John, NB – 7:30 PM –3Mile's Club Tonic –
TICKETS AT or by calling 888-311-9090 or at Read's on Charlotte St in Saint John. Special guest for this show: Saint John's Shane Ogden.

• October 20: Charlottetown, PE – 8:00 PM – The Guild, 111 Queen St –
TICKETS AT the Guild Box office, 111 Queen Street in Charlottetown, or by calling 902-620-3333. Special guests for this show: Charlottetown's Francois Weber and Taylor Carver.

For more information:

Lloyd Ravn, Tour Organizer: 506-512-0566 or
Darren Frost's website:
Dave Martin's website:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Swingers Club

Have you ever been to a swingers bar? Ever wondered what it's like? Here's a video I made about a couple who visited a swingers bar for the first time.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome to Holland, Bloorview

OK, today my blog is going to be uncharacteristically serious rather than the usual foolish (I originally typed "funny" and then realized that was a massive overstatement) blog post, because there was some news I thought was worth sharing. And that news reminded me of an essay I wanted to share for those of you who haven't seen it.  

Today was a big day at one of my favourite places in the world. If you know me at all, you probably know of my love for Bloorview Kids Rehab, Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation centre for kids with disabilities. For those of you who have escaped my professions of love for Bloorview, either on Facebook, in person or at one of the "Laughs for Possibility" live comedy fundraisers I have organized and performed on, I'll give you a brief-ish outline of why I feel so strongly about the place.

My oldest son, Eric (5) started going to Bloorview for Occupational therapy through their Community Development Program (CDP) and to see a developmental pediatrician when he was 2, due to global developmental delay. He later began seeing a physiotherapist at Bloorview, went to the dentist there and attended the Bloorview Nursery School in Scarborough.

When Eric was 3, while on vacation in Prince Edward Island with his mother and brand new brother, Alex, he experienced a major stroke. After a month in hospital in the Maritimes, he was sent home to Toronto and was admitted as an inpatient to Bloorview's Brain Injury Rehab Team (BIRT) unit. After one month as an inpatient, he was followed by the BIRT Day Program in which he attended therapy at the hospital daily, from September to December of 2008.

After his recovery had progressed well enough that he could be discharged from the Day Program, Eric returned to the Bloorview Nursery School and to physio and O.T. through the CDP at Bloorview. Then, in May 2009, Eric suddenly experienced a second major stroke, followed by a third two weeks later. After a month at Sick Kids in Toronto, he found himself as an inpatient at Bloorview again, this time from June to October and in the Day Program until December. He started Junior Kindergarten in the resource program at the Bloorview School Authority. Upon discharge from the Day Program, he began being followed by the BIRT Outpatient program for physio, O.T. and speech therapy, and continues to be seen by this team today.

It is impossible to properly explain how much the people at Bloorview, over our nearly 4-year journey with them,  have impacted our family. Every single person we encounter in that amazing building and at the nursery school, is deeply dedicated to helping kids with disabilities move, as the Bloorview slogan says, "From Disability to Possibility." The wonderful doctors, nurses, therapists, therapy assistants, therapeutic clowns, teachers, volunteers, support staff, researchers and more at Bloorview go above and beyond on a daily basis to improve the lives of the unique children they serve.

Eric's first Bloorview therapist, an Occupational Therapist named Yvonne, made such an immediate and deep connection with this kid who, at age 2 had already begun to distrust adults in hospital-type environments, and helped him make significant developmental gains thanks to that connection, that I remember Jodi and I saying that she would forever go down as Eric's (and our) life-long hero.

We still feel that way about Yvonne, but what we didn't know at the time, is that as we continued to meet Bloorview staffers and volunteers, we would add literally dozens of names to our hero list. I'm not even going to attempt to name them all, but they know who they are. Every person we've dealt with at Bloorview, from the doctor who, hearing that Eric was having seizures one day during his time in the Day Program dropped everything in her busy schedule to sit with him for over an hour, watching him, comforting him (and me), to the Therapeutic Clowns who seemed to be able to read Eric's needs better than anyone else (including me) to the Nursery School teachers who set aside personal time to visit Eric during his hospital stays, to the ladies at the Tim Hortons coffee shop in the lobby who come out from behind the counter to give Eric and Alex a hug when they see them, and so on and so on, are heroes. I think their hiring policy begins with "all applicants, in order to be considered, must be able to perform miracles."

This week I've been thinking a lot about how much Bloorview means to us, since this is our second-last week at Bloorview. I know we will meet more heroes after we move to New Brunswick in a week-and-a-half, and will be closer to other heroes (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc), which is extremely exciting, but right now, the prospect of leaving Bloorview behind is often leaving me with a lump in my throat. In case I haven't made it clear, I love that place and the people in it and hate to imagine where we would be without having had them in our lives over the past few years.

So, I was interested to hear that effective today, Bloorview Kids Rehab is no more. Don't worry, all those heroes are still there, but the place changed its name today. After an incredible $20 Million donation from the Holland family, Bloorview Kids Rehab is now the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

That $20 Million donation is on top of the $6.2 million that the Hollands have already donated to Bloorview. Bill and Suzanne Holland are dedicated to helping Bloorview... I mean Holland Bloorview, help kids with special needs meet their potential. They are parents themselves, but not parents of a Bloorview patient, as you might assume of someone who is so passionate about such a place. Bill Holland says “When my family and I toured Bloorview, I couldn’t decide which I found more compelling- the children who were dealing with disability in so many different ways or the professionals who were so dedicated in their work with them. I’ve seen many healthcare organizations up close and this is one I’m pleased to support because it works.” (quote taken from the Holland Bloorview website)

So this is a family who has more financial means than most of us will ever dream of, who could choose to support any cause, and indeed have chosen to support several not-for-profit organizations. There are a lot of great charities out there, some of which probably have a more direct connection to their family. But they decided to put their weight behind this place that I love so much. When I think about how much their support will mean for kids with special needs in Toronto, across Ontario, and (thanks to the ground-breaking research undertaken at Bloorview) around the world, I realize that we have two new heroes to add to our list. We've never met the Hollands, but we certainly appreciate them all the same. They have given kids like Eric an amazing gift: the gift of Possiblity. And we want to thank them for that.

Did I say "brief-ish"???

If you're still reading after my long love letter to Bloorview, you might as well stick around and read a bit more, because I have a link I want to share with you. I recently had an e-mail discussion with my sister about how one of the most important things that we can offer a kid with any kind of special need is understanding. So, I also wanted to suggest you read an essay written in 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley about the way in which many parents of kids with special needs come to an understanding about the fact that their child has a disability. I think it's pretty amazing (even if it's a little sappy, but isn't that what parenting is all about?) Don't worry, it's much shorter than this blog entry!

Here's a link to the essay, called Welcome to Holland:

I think it's pretty apropriate for today, considering the Bloorview name change.

Ok, that's my love letter to Holland Bloorview, and my link for you. I promise my next blog entry will be much sillier, and much shorter.



PS - if you want to read more about the Holland Bloorview name change, you can check out these links:

- here's a story from the Globe and Mail
- here a story from the National Post
- here's a piece from Holland Bloorview's just-released 2010 report to donors

Monday, June 14, 2010

Advertising so bold, I will gag

Is it just me, or is the current billboard campaign for Bullseye Barbecue Sauce the least appetizing advertising for a food product ever?


Now, I love me a pulled pork sandwich. mmmm. But the idea of pork "pulling itself" puts two, equally revolting images in my head.

First, I imagine a sad little piggy, cutting off its own shoulder, slow-roasting it, basted in a little Bullseye and then pulling it apart (one-handed of course) into tender pieces for my sandwich. I think it would be hard to eat while Porky is crying in the corner.

Secondly, and even more disturbingly, I imagine a pig tasting the sauce and finding it so amazing that he can't resist, ummm, "pulling" himself. By that, I mean pulling one specific part of himself. You know. Down in his bathing-suit area. If pigs wore bathing suits. And if pigs had opposable thumbs.

I love barbecue sauce, however I have never found the flavour to be erotic, but apparently it is like oysters to a pig.

I just hope that the next campaign isn't Bullseye's all-new Hollandaise sauce.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Misplaced Generosity

I took this picture in the bathroom of an Esso station (yes, I was that desperate that I visited a bathroom in an Esso)

If this washroom isn't up to your standards, please tell us. And accept a free air freshener as our thanks.

I decided to donate the air freshener back to the cause. I think they need it more than I do.

To me, this sign is like having a sign in a restaurant saying "if you don't like our food, please let us know. and accept an enrollment in a culinary class as our thanks." Or a hospital saying "if our doctors don't fix what ails you, let us know and we'll give you a medical kit to take home with you."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Book Learning

During a recent stay in Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) for my son Eric, we brought some favourite books with us, and also borrowed some books from the reading room. I noticed that when they were lined up on the bookshelf in his room, there was a secret message on the library's stickers on the side of the books.

Are these books homophobic, trying to get me all riled up by questioning my sexuality? It didn't work, books! I'm not in grade 8, so calling me "Gay Boy" doesn't hurt my feelings!

Monday, June 7, 2010

I didn't know he worked in a grocery store

I saw this sign on a display of apples at my local grocery store.

Apples McIntosh FCY

The FCY part threw me off. I know that it means "Fancy" which is a grade of apples. But when I read it, I thought it was saying "Fucky" which is what angry stand-up comedian Darren Frost often calls audience members. For a split second, I thought Darren had been hired to write these things. Which would be awesome. I also imagine he'd put up signs like:

"They're carrots, dumbfuck."
"These are condoms, please use them so we don't get little fuckies like you."
"It's chocolate cake. You might as well eat the whole thing, lard ass."
"This is non-alcoholic beer. Pussy."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Maybe Quilting is More Exciting Than I Thought

A relative, who is quite into quilting, and has made tons of amazing quilts, had the following quilting book out in her living room when I visited recently:

Strip Therapy 4

That sounds like some therapy I could get into. I wonder if my insurance plan would reimburse me for the receipts, since it would be for therapeutic purposes?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

On behalf of all mankind

In my apartment building, people who don't want stuff anymore bring the stuff to the laundry room in case someone else wants it. There's always all kinds of junk, maybe a couple of good things (I grabbed some cars for the boys one day). But we live in a building mostly populated by elderly people, so there are a lot of old books dropped off. I can just imagine the thought process: "you never know who might need a step-by-step guide to how to operate a Commodore 64!"

Here's a book I found there one day:

"Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications"

Published in 1990.

The next picture is too blurry to actually read, but important to the story:

The dedication says "For all mankind".

Wow, if we'd only known years ago that this guy had given us such a gift. Imagine what a different world we might live in today.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Dear McDonald's

Dear McDonald's,

I appreciate your efforts to save our planet, with your "One meal, one napkin" program:

"May we suggest that you use one napkin per meal?"

Thanks for the suggestion, McDonald's.

If you want us to stick to one napkin per meal, may we suggest that you ensure some kind of consistency in your ketchup application? If I knew that there would only be one squirt of ketchup on each quarter pounder, I could feel confident grabbing only one napkin. But one in three quarter pounders has at least three squirts of ketchup, two of which end up on my chin.

Also, since we're making environmentally friendly suggestions, may we suggest that when we say "no thanks" to the "do you want ketchup?" question, that you don't put 40 ketchup packets in the bag. Imagine how many tomatoes are thrown out around the world every day in the form of 40 ketchup packets per drive through visit, plus the extra ketchup squirts on the quarter pounders. Next time there is a tomato shortage, we know who to blame.

Thanks so much. Llove,


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Interesting spelling

This is a picture of a label on a shelf containing various kinds of medical equipment in the emergency room at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids).

All I could think when I read it was "I've seen it spelled Catherine, Katherine, Kathryn, but never quite like this." I guess it's one of those new, trendy ways of spelling names. If we ever have a third baby, this name might be in the running.

Then again...

My last blog post talked about how progressive I thought New Brunswick must be. I mean Moncton has a street named after a drag queen! But then again, I have also seen evidence that in some areas of NB, the French community (particularly the children) are treated unfairly. For example, have a look at these signs at  the McDonald's in Edmunston, NB:

So English kids are allowed to play in the play area until they are 12, but French kids can only play up to age 10? What's up, McDonald's? Something against French pre-teens? If I was a francophone parent in Edmundston, I would be protesting!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Very progressive

Here's a picture I took way back in December (2009), through a dirty car windshield, in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The street name on the bottom of the sign is Rue Paul St. Wow. A town in New Brunswick naming a street after a drag queen! People might assume that NB is pretty conservative, but I think that's a sign that NB is a very welcoming place. Between being the only "officially" bilingual province in Canada and this street name, NB is probably the most liberal place in the country.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I bank with President's Choice Financial, a retail bank operated by CIBC. Every time I use the bank machine, I get nervous because I'm afraid they are trying to get rid of me. Trying to suggest that I take my business elsewhere. If you bank with PC, do you feel the same way, whenever you see this at the end of your transaction?

"Your transaction is complete. Would you like to continue banking?"

I'm always worried that if I select "No" to indicate that I am finished banking for now, they will take it to mean "No, I am finished banking forever. Go ahead and close my account." Is that being overly paranoid?

Saturday, May 29, 2010


If you are in Canada, who do you use for cable TV? If you use Rogers, have you been able to access their on-demand channel? I have had a hard time with it beacuase when you go to channel 100, it just says:

"Press A Key for On Demand". Sounds like you can select any old key. But I have tried pressing almost every key on the remote:

and it's not working. Any advice?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thanks for helping me raise $1,000 at Lloyd's Laugh Marathon!

Hi to everyone who helped to make last night's Lloyd's Laugh Marathon comedy fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society a great success!

Thanks so much to all of you for everything you did to help, including buying tickets, buying raffle tickets and of course, laughing! I hope you all agree that it was a great show with some amazing comedians. I know the performers all told me that they had a great time, so I hope the audience all felt the same way.

For me, it was a fantastic night because not only did I get to perform on a show with some of my favourite comics, but I also added $1,000 to my fundraising total, including ticket sales, raffle/50-50 proceeds, and donations. I can't thank you all enough for helping to make that happen. I am now at approximately 80% of my goal of raising at least $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada's Team in Training and I'm excited about bringing in the next 20% between now and my half-marathon in Ottawa on May 30. You can follow my progress at
There are a few people and organizations I need to single out to thank for their support:

  • The comics: if you are looking for more info about any of the hilarious performers from last night, here are their websites:
  • The Gladstone Hotel for donating the space last night and for providing such great service. Coolest venue in Toronto or what? Yes!
  • Mary Jane Turcotte for designing a cool poster and postcard for the show. If you loved what Mary Jane did (of course you do) and want to hire her for your company or event, you can reach her at mjturcotte at rogers dot com. Mary Jane also donated a framed print of one of her beautiful photographs for our raffle. You can see more of her photography at
  • GFX Inc for donating printing of postcards to help promote the show. Postcards are a great way to promote your business or event and GFX has reasonable rates and awesome service. Check them out at
  • Extreme Fitness for donating two pairs of VIP Passes for our raffle and for sponsoring Team in Training. Every Saturday for our group runs they let us use their Dunfield Club at Yonge and Eglinton for pre-run clinics and post-run stretching/showering. It's a beautiful club! If you are like me and need some help dropping those last few pregnancy pounds or whatever, you can find the nearest Extreme fitness at
  • Absolute Comedy Club for donating a six-pack of tickets for our raffle. Check out what hilarious comics are performing at Absolute in Toronto or Ottawa at
  • Very funny Canadian comedians Fraser Young ( ) and Daryl Makk ( ) for donating CDs for the raffle, plus another thanks to Allyson Smith for donating a copy of her hilarious DVD, "All Sales Are Final" (once again, you can find Allyson online at )
  • Our friend Susan Boulanger for donating the Spring Rolls gift card for the raffle
  • The volunteers who came out to help with tickets at the door and selling raffle tickets:
    • my lovely wife Jodi (thanks to Jodi also for being a good sport about the fact that I talk about her in my act),
    • my TNT mentor Kate and her friend Rae (additional thanks to Kate for being so cool about the fact that when I messed up on the raffle and she graciously offered to share her raffle prize with someone else, my explanation to the audience opened her up for some ribbing from the MC - thanks for taking the jabs like a pro Kate and sorry!),
    • and very funny local comedian Elaine Dandy (you can follow Elaine online at ).
  • Team in Training for donating some cool TNT gear for the raffle. You can learn more about Team in Training at
Thanks again to all of you for supporting a great cause that is very important to me.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Press Release: Canadian Comedy Stars Line Up in Support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECanadian Comedy Stars Line Up in Support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada

April 5, 2010 , Toronto, ON– Some of the funniest people in Canada will be in the spotlight on May 4 at the Melody Bar in the Gladstone Hotel, as they raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s TEAM in Training (TNT). Funds raised from the show, titled Lloyd’s Laugh Marathon, will go towards TNT member and stand-up comedian Lloyd Ravn’s goal of raising funds for blood cancer research and patient support while training to run a half-marathon.

The show’s organizer joined TNT in honour of his late father as well as to take the opportunity to set a positive example for his two sons. When his father lost his battle with leukemia 5 years ago, Ravn’s oldest son Eric was only 6 weeks old, and losing his father so soon after becoming a father himself was a major life changing event. He considered joining TNT to raise funds as a way of marking the 5 year anniversary of his father’s death, but found it hard to commit to making the move from his unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle to the hard work of training for a half-marathon. That is, until he thought about how hard Eric works every day.

Over the past 5 years, young Eric has experienced his own series of health issues, including 3 major strokes, and Lloyd has watched and cheered as his son worked exceedingly hard at various rehabilitation therapies. “I always tell Eric ‘You can do it!’ when he is struggling to re-master a skill that his strokes have taken away from him,” said Ravn. “But as he gets older, I started to wonder if he’s thinking ‘That’s easy for you to say, as you sit on the couch.’ So I wanted to show him, and his brother Alex (2), that I am willing to push myself too.” Ravn signed up to be part of TNT for the Ottawa half-marathon, and committed to raising at least $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) in the process.

As an amateur comic in Toronto’s comedy scene, Lloyd decided to organize a stand-up show to help reach his fundraising goal, and put out the word to some of his favourite professional comedians. “I’m thrilled with the amazing line-up I’ve been able to assemble for this show and I can’t wait to perform along with these comedy stars,” said Ravn.
Tony Krolo, a Canadian comedy veteran, will host the show which will also include:

· Brian Lazanik - Just for Laughs, Last Comic Standing
· Boyd Banks - Little Mosque on the Prairie, Comics!
· Allyson Smith - Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Debaters
· Andrew Johnston - Video on Trial, Love Court· Riz (Ali Rizvi Badshah) – Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, The new host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud

Lloyd’s Laugh Marathon Details:

Date: Tuesday May 4, 2010
Location: Melody Bar in the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto
Time: Show at 8:00
Tickets: $15.00, available at or by e-mailing

About Team in Training

Team In Training is the world’s largest endurance sport training program. For 21 years, participants of Team In Training have been completing marathons, triathlons, and 100-mile cycling challenges while raising funds for blood cancer research. Team In Training athletes are encouraged and inspired through their endurance challenges by their honoured team-mates; individuals who are currently battling, or have battled a blood cancer and have thereby faced a far more challenging test of human endurance.

For More Information:
· Lloyd Ravn, Event organizer: 647-929-8916,
· Derek Virgo, Team In Training Program Co-ordinator,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Running to cure blood cancer

Hi everyone,
For those of you who sometimes check in here to see if I have updated anything, I wanted to let you know that on May 30, 2010, I will be running a half-marathon in Ottawa as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Team in Training (TNT). I am really excited about this chance to help an organization that is working hard to cure a disease that has touched so many of us.
You can find out more about my personal connection to this cause and learn how you can help cure blood cancer by sponsoring me in this run at personal Team in Training homepage at



PS: Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think would be interested in supporting this cause and if you are on Facebook, join the "Run Lloyd Run" group at