Jimmy Flynn first of three comedians to offer workshops to seniors
NEW GLASGOW – Although humour comes naturally to Maritime comedian Jimmy Flynn, he believes it can be taught.
When he comes to New Glasgow in May, he’ll be showing local seniors how to perfect their timing, help them with their material and how to incorporate body language and expression.
“All those elements coming together is like making a pie,” he said.
Flynn, who will also do a public show while in town, has been taking the stage for 40 years between his comedy and musical career, but he’s been making people laugh all his life.
He remembers his father was always pulling people’s legs.
“He used to say, ‘There’s no sense in frigging up a good story with the truth,’” Flynn recalled, adding that his exaggerated stories would go from passing a minor car accident to a destroyed bus.
Until Flynn left school before Grade 6, he was the class clown. He found himself bored, noting that’s the same reason Albert Einstein left school early.
He joined a band when he was 16 and developed as a stage character.
He continued with music, incorporating jokes into his performances, until it became a comedy routine with music.
Decades later, he has one fan who has come to his show 42 times and laughs just as much as the first time.
He’s not sure what it is about his shtick that keeps people chuckling, but suggests it may have to do with the simplicity of his work.
“It’s real. It’s just me and my guitar. I’m very blessed. I’ve never had a bad stage day,” he said, adding that it’s magical.
He remembers after one show in Hamilton, a man approached Flynn to tell him he had recently had a double heart and lung transplant, and came to his show to relearn how to laugh with his lungs.
“That just gives me goose bumps. I love what I do. I have the best job in the world,” he said.
Flynn noted that there aren’t many comedians with a routine that could be done for children in the morning and a stag party at night and that he keeps the language family friendly.
He tries to regionalize his material, and said he knows exactly where he’s going to go with his material within 15 seconds of stepping on stage.
He’s done several shows for older crowds, and is always blown away by their energy.
“These people that are putting this together are really onto something,” he says of the Forbes Street Presenters Society and The Celtic Circle.
Flynn is one of three comedians who will visit the area for workshops for the Pictou County Senior Experience, a 10-week free program for anyone 55 years old and older.
The workshops will be a new experience for him with two happening on May 15 and 16.
On May 16, he’ll step on to the stage at 7 p.m. for a performance for everyone.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Celtic Circle, White Lotus and Big Al’s Convenience.
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