December 17th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 49
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Comedian Marcus Beaubier
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Comedian Marcus Beaubier riffed on everything from Vicks Vaporub to airlines at Saturday’s Yuk Yuks fundraising event for the Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource Crisis Centre at the Greenhill Hotel.
The Pass Herald caught up with Beaubier after the show to talk about comedy, the Internet and the fusion of Newfoundland and Alberta’s cultures.

Q: How did you get into standup?
A: It started when I was in university. I was in campus radio and we started writing a morning show, because we could. The CBC heard what we were doing so we started writing hits for their morning show.
Then I went off to film school and a classmate familiar with the stuff I was doing for radio asked me if I was into standup. He convinced me to try it and I fell in love with it… I was in. I was fully in. I just got off on talking I guess. I don’t know. Maybe I have some ego issues.

Q: Was it tough starting out?
A: My first show was at the old Yuk Yuks in Calgary and I think I was onstage for three minutes. And it was terrible, the way these things usually are, but then I tried it again and it was less terrible the next time. Seventeen years later, it’s what I do.

Q: This crowd seemed pretty welcoming. How do you think the show went?
A: Generally speaking, I think the audiences I get put in front of are pretty warm. They’re coming to a comedy show, they’re not having comedy forced on them.
But when you’ve got a bar gig, half the time audiences are like ‘what is happening. I came here to watch the hockey game and eat wings, not listen to this guy for forty minutes.’
In this case, I think this audience was great.

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Q: Do you find that there’s a difference between a rural audience and audiences in the city?
A: Not anymore. It used to be, the Internet has changed that. Youtube in particular and the way comics market themselves. I find people are a lot savvier about what they like. Tastes have also changed, even rural tastes. Things that were unacceptable as taboos twenty years ago aren’t anymore. Something as simple as a Muslim family moving to town and now people are like ‘oh I guess we have Muslims now’ or you know, Doris’ son came out of the closet and they’re like ‘we have gay people in town now,’ so attitudes shift.

Q: Having been born in Newfoundland and moved to Alberta, do you find you’re the victim of stereotypes?
A: I used to be. I think it’s less so now because everyone knows a Newfoundlander now. When I first moved out here I suppressed my natural accent because I got tired of people saying ‘oh here’s another Newfie in Alberta, surprise!’
Of course my accent has faded over time anyway but it’s not the same as it used to be. The two cultures have merged.

Q: An Albertan-Newfoundland culture. What do you think that culture would eat?
A: Lots of meat and fish I guess, lots of cod. Cod tongues and roast beef.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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