Two comedians will give it their all as they record live shows at Art Space Saturday night during shows at 8 and 10 p.m.
Chris Gaskin and Brian Majore will bring their best to the stage, making sure it counts for each debut album.
Gaskin grew up in Prince George and said coming back to his home-town audience where it all started for him was a nobrainer.
"This is a great town for comedy and I love performing here," said Gaskin, who went to Kelly Road secondary. "I love performing here and I love Art Space. That venue is so awesome. Comedy is meant to be performed in an intimate environment. I have more fun playing at Art Space and the Yuk Yuks in Kitchener than anywhere else."
Gaskin is 26 but looks about 17. A lot of his comedy is self-deprecating and he said his comedy is about how the world sees him.
Comedy was always in my head," said Gaskin, who moved to Vancouver when he was 21.
"I remember hearing Jim Carrey tell the story about the teacher who would let him go to the front of the class for a few minutes at the end of the day to perform comedy. My Grade 2 teacher actually sent me to the Grade 7 class."
Gaskin used to watch a lot of George Carlin's comedy, Just For Laughs and Comedy Now on CTV and as he watched Sean Collins, laughing out loud, he realized a normal guy could do comedy.
"I always had the idea but that was the moment I thought I could do this," said Gaskin. "It's such an interesting business. People can be funny but there's so much more to being funny on stage."
Gaskin said that's not the case. It's harder than it looks.
"It's like this, I see a firefighter and I know I can't do what he does," said Gaskin, who has had 10 different television spots over the last two years. "The guy will walk into a burning building and haul out a 300-pound man. I know I can't do that, but people think they can do comedy on stage."
Gaskin said he bombed on occasion for the first few years of his comic career.
"I'm only five years in - I'm really just a baby comic - I knew I had a glimpse of something and I kept with it, but my act changed so drastically over the first three years and it was in the third year when I started to come into my own and since then I have been building this hour that I have now."
Gaskin will come up with an idea and talk it out into a voice recorder and then write it out. There's a lot of trial and error.
"That's one of the hardest parts of being a comedian, you don't know about a bit until you bring it out on stage," he said, having done 11 sets of comedy just last week.
During the Live Comedy CD Tapings show, the sets for each comedian will be between 35 to 45 minutes long. Each individual set will be recorded during both shows and the comedians will pick what's best. Gaskin will pick the best show whatever may come and Majore said he will pick the best parts and piece them together for the highest comedic impact for his CD.
Gaskin said his and Majore's contrasting performance styles adds to the show. Majore has been described as methodical, edgy, intelligent and racially charged, Gaskin said.
"When I'm on stage, I tell my story," said Majore, who lives in Prince George. "My Haida name is Kil Gan K'aas, which means Funny Storyteller, and you will hear a lot of 'I' statements during my time on stage - I am a comedian, I am a university graduate, I am a father, I was married, now divorced."
Majore believes that once his work is recorded live that it's burnt, as they say in the industry, then he will have to move on to new material.
"I'm so excited to do this show, not only for the chance to do the jokes but to record it and move on."
Tickets are $10 at Books & Co., 1685 Third Ave., or at the door. Group rates are available, purchase two tickets and the third is free. For more information visit Live Comedy CD Tapings on Facebook.