Comic’s show to feature locally inspired gags, new material

Christopher Cameron
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NEW GLASGOW – Comedian Peter Anthony will be putting some material to bed next weekend at Glasgow Square, setting it aside on the top shelf where momma keeps the cookie jar.

Peter Anthony will be performing Sept. 21 at Glasgow Square to kick off the fall season at the square. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. SUBMITTED

It isn’t that the Pictou native is saying that his Pictou County material will never be heard again after his show on Sept. 21, but he’s looking to set it aside after next week and start showing fans the new material he’s been working on.

“I think wanting to do this is a combination of a few things,” he said. “I’m ready to put some material to bed and start fresh with new material. Next week I’m going to do the old material with some new material mixed in. I’ll springboard my new stuff with a little bit of a longer show.

“The timing for this show works out really well because I just wanted to do my Pictou County-themed material one more time and get it on tape before I put it to bed.”

The last time Anthony did a major show in Pictou County was in 2010 when he did the Bluenosers Comedy Tour with Nikki Payne. He’s been back for other small events like Play the Pros since then, but since moving to Toronto he’s realized he doesn’t get to perform around home like he did in the beginning.

“Next week’s show will be my way to say thanks to the community for supporting me over the years,” he said. “I get to come home and throw my stuff down one more time. I’m at the point in my career where I’m not sure how much more I’ll be coming home, so I want to do it while it’s still fresh.”

The comedian, who started as a performer on a Pictou County local access show before moving to stand-up, said that some of his current material doesn’t work at many of the places he performs now.

“For instance I can’t go to Montreal and make a joke about Provost Street, it just doesn’t work the same,” he said.

Anthony said a lot of the material for comedians has a shelf life, not in terms of it working, but continuing with the same material. He compared being a comedian to being a musician, saying that when fans go to see a band they want to hear their hits, but when they go see a comedian again they don’t want to hear the same jokes.

“There are definitely hit pieces of material, but when people see you on a regular basis some people want to see a little old stuff, but mostly new stuff,” he said.

In 2008 Anthony won best breakout artist at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Two weeks after his show in New Glasgow he will be in Ottawa for the 2013 comedy festival, where he’s nominated for best male stand-up.

When asked if he expected to be nominated at this point in his career as one of the top Canadian comedians he said he had no particular expectations or goals. Anthony said he simply continued to work hard on his act since winning as breakout artist.

“I have no idea what is going to happen over the next few years,” he said. “I never knew 10 years ago, five years ago or two years ago and that’s the way I like it. I’m planning to not plan. If you go on a vacation without a plan you have a lot more fun than if you plan it all out. I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself by saying I need to talk about a certain thing or do a certain amount of shows or something like that.”

Regardless of whether he wins this year, Anthony said the next month will be fun for him as he continues to build his name as a comedian.

“It’s a big honour to be nominated for the award. It will be fun to go home, decompress and then go to the festival and the awards with a good feeling about my material and having had my donair fix.”

Tickets for the show are $20 plus applicable fees at Glasgow Square’s box office or The show begins at 8 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m.



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