The worst night of his professional life was right here in Prince George.
It was his debut as a professional comedian -- a guy paid him $100 to do 20 minutes of stand up -- and Damonde Tschritter bombed at Tabor Arms Pub.
"They were yelling at me before I even started," Tschritter said.
He learned quickly from his mistake -- only preparing 5 minutes worth of material for a 20-minute gig was the worst, and the next night at the Cariboo Inn in Quesnel he killed it and even ended up making out with a girl after the show.
"It was a real 180 degree turnaround from one night to the next," said Tschritter, who lives in Vancouver.
Now, with a decade of stand up behind him and several appearances in Prince George throughout that time, he's coming back.
Tschritter will be performing at Nancy O's, 1261 Third Avenue, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. He was named the first Canadian winner in the 27-year history of the Seattle International Comedy competition and has appeared on Just For Laughs, Madly Off In All Directions, Chicago Film Festival, New York Comedy Festival, along with many film and television appearances.
Tschritter is the story-telling type of comedian.
"I've tried to write short jokes and they just don't work," he said. "It's just not the way I write and tell things. So for me I have to see it or live it and it's based on a real-life experience and I kind of report it."
When people come to his show he said they will see funny stuff.
"I don't even know what I'll be talking about when I get there," said Tschritter of his Prince George gig. Right now he's busy looking for Megan Brown from Newfoundland who sent him ex-Blue Jay Kelly Gruber's autograph because Tschritter told an audience at a show that he was a fan.
"Now I'm Facebooking Megan Brown and that's not easy because it's a pretty common name," he said. He's trying to find her photo by memory but the bar was dark and he doesn't recognize any of the faces of the Megan Browns on the social networking system.
"I can't really remember what she looks like," Tschritter said. "It was in a bar and it was dark. So asking random people named Megan Brown if they were the person that sent Tschritter the autograph is his daytime job today -- there's only 500 to go through. Maybe he can tell us what happened with Megan Brown at the show tonight.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at Nancy O's door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m.
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