Day: May 30, 2016

Remembering Dan Mer: The tempest of the Tempe Improv

Dan Mer wanted nothing to do with me at first. What’s in a name, anyhow? I moved to Tempe, Ariz., at the end of June 2001, into an apartment only a few blocks from the Tempe Improv and all of Arizona State University. Found out the day I moved in that the following day, July 1, was the Improv’s once-a-month Sunday open mic, and the only way to get on would be to show up after noon and sign up in person. So I did. First on the list. Mer wasn’t happy, because he had issues with another Sean McCarthy ...

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Episode #93: Nick Brazao, Just For Laughs New Faces and Off-JFL Producer

Nick Brazao is a producer with Just for Laughs, the world’s largest international comedy festival. He has been with the company since 2009, working on all of Just for Laughs’ festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Sydney. Nick produces the Off-JFL club and theater shows for Montreal each July, and spearheads the massive undertaking that goes into selecting the New Faces of Comedy shows. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, it should. He’s the new man at New Faces. So let’s get to it! (photo above: Nick Brazao flanked by Hannah Kyle Crichton and Robbie Praw, a year ago...

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