Trent McClellan

from trentscomedy.com

I hate doing these bios! You come on here looking to be impressed but it’s awkward to talk about what you’ve accomplished like a rapper. Also, someone is going to print this out and try and read it to introduce me at an event but it will be of no use. Really, none of it matters because I still have to make the crowd laugh tonight. No one cares what I did last year. I attribute anything I’ve done to hard work and good fortune. I am very weary of people who relay their accomplishments all the time like they’re at a job interview. Well, here goes!

 I’ve been extremely lucky to be honest and been able to do lots of cool things in comedy like the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, St.John’s Exit Realty Comedy Fest, the Moncton Hup Cap Comedy Festival, the Edmonton Comedy Festival, and YYC Calgary Comedy Festival. I recorded a comedy special for CTV and the Comedy Network a few years back that still airs on your television. I say I’ve been lucky because even though I’ve worked hard, so have other comedians. Any time you get booked anywhere it simply means the people doing the booking enjoy your stuff. It doesn’t mean you’re the greatest comedian in the universe it just means those bookers would like to have you coming to their festival, event, or show.

Maybe the thing I’m proudest of was the time I spent on Canada Reads defending the incredible book February by Lisa Moore. It’s as nervous as I’ve ever been but was also an incredible sense of accomplishment when the book was chosen to be the winner. I was pretty serious on the show because I wanted to show people that comedians aren’t always what you think we are. Comedians are often deep thinkers and they question the world around them on a daily basis. We are not always “on.” Quite often that gear is reserved for our own shows and quite frankly makes us far more bearable.

My luck has continued in that I sometimes appear on radio program on CBC called The Debaters.  It’s fun to comically debate topics in front of an audience and see how they react to your argument. It can be challenging but always enjoyable.

I’ve been doing my own theatre and club tour which may be coming to your town, city, village, or backyard in the coming months. It was scary to finally take this risk but the crowds have been amazing and so generous. Working with comedians Gerry Dee and Bob Sagethas taught me so much about tour life.

In short I have the best job in the world. I get to travel, speak my mind, and meet people and make them feel good. Not bad for a kid from a small Newfoundland town.

See you on the road!

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February 27
Trent McClellan