Nick’s time

Nick Ne­meroff rides in on a com­edy wave from Los An­ge­les, fake-cry­ing all the way.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY STEPHANIE JOHNS

Re­ally Big Deal: A Com­edy Show w/Nick Ne­meroff, Heather Mac­don­ald, Clare Belford, Jor­dan Roberts, Rachael Shep­pard and Lind­say Dauphi­nee Wed­nes­day, May 8, 7:30pm The Sea­horse Tav­ern, 2037 Got­tin­gen Street $15

Af­ter an up­roar­i­ous ap­pear­ance on Co­nan last fall, Nick Ne­meroff comes breez­ing into town on the rare air of the late night com­edy cir­cuit. Ne­meroff (and ex­cel­lent tour­mates Clare Belford and Heather Mac­don­ald) are com­ing to the east coast for a fairly ex­haus­tive run—the Nick Was On Co­nan Tour. Hit­ting stages in Dart­mouth, Hal­i­fax, Truro, Syd­ney and Char­lot­te­town be­fore head­ing to Pouzza Fest in Mon­treal and the Win­nipeg Com­edy Fes­ti­val, ex­pect well-honed jokes, some de­lib­er­ate awk­ward­ness and fake-cry­ing.

“That’s played a big part in my com­edy—al­most cry­ing on stage,” Ne­meroff says. “When I lived in Toronto I would go for au­di­tions and I re­al­ized that be­ing an ac­tor is so much harder than I thought. I can only re­ally do it when I feel like it’s funny to make the crowd think I’m going to cry.”

Crys­tal ball emoji time: Now is a great time to see Ne­meroff, be­fore ticket prices be­come a pain in the ass when he’s a big name. In­spired by the dead­pan hu­mour of Mitch Hed­berg, Ne­meroff worked for Just for Laughs in Mon­treal, and re­al­ized com­edy was it. “I thought, this is ex­actly what I wanted to do. I found an open mic and I’ve been do­ing it ev­ery night.” Af­ter mov­ing to Toronto, Ne­meroff per­formed reg­u­larly at Laugh Sab­bath at the Com­edy Bar. “It’s an on­go­ing show and it’s the best com­edy show I’ve ever seen,” he says. “That was where peo­ple like Chris Locke, Nathan Fielder, Sara Hen­nessey per­formed. Watch­ing that was a great mind ex­plo­sion—like you can do this kind of com­edy in Toronto.”

Ne­meroff is now a very re­cent trans­plant to LA, the land of com­edy and pod­cast ap­pear­ance op­por­tu­ni­ties. “It def­i­nitely is dif­fer­ent,” he says. “There are way more op­por­tu­ni­ties but there’s a sim­i­lar ra­tio of peo­ple who are good, who are find­ing their voice and have found their voice. I feel very for­tu­nate com­ing from Toronto, from that com­edy scene, be­cause co­me­di­ans don’t have the same ex­pec­ta­tion of be­com­ing a big star, you’re do­ing it be­cause you love it.”

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