Comics Unleashed Prime Time

culogo1I am very happy to announce that Comics Unleashed will be airing in prime time.  You can watch it every Wednesday night at 9:PM E. 8PM C.

New York – WWOR-TV 9

Los Angeles – KCOP-TV 13

Chicago – WPWR-TV 50

Coming soon!  A 24-hour HD television network COMEDY.TV featuring the world’s funniest comedians.  (Including yours truly.) 

Bill Brownstein, of the Montreal Gazette, writes…

Canadian comedian one of most entertaining acts anywhere
“He does vocal impressions to rival those of anyone.”
BILL BROWNSTEIN, The Gazette
Published: 22 hours ago

The setting was the 2001 Just for Laughs fest here. The hyper-energetic comedian on stage had just completed a dazzling, near-dizzying performance in which he had condensed the Star Wars film saga down to a palatable two minutes. In so doing, he used more than a dozen dead-on impressions of everyone from Darth Vader to Yoda to ever-growling Chewbacca the Wookie monster. He brought down the house.

A fellow sitting next to me lamented to his wife that he wished Canada could produce such “polished American performers who grasp the entertainment aspect of show-biz.”

Well, once again, folks should never assume. The performer in question, Greg Morton, was, in fact, no Yank. He hails from that show-biz capital of Woodstock, Ont. And maybe because he grew up in a small town where entertainment options were limited, Morton was able to put his imagination to the test and was able to eventually hone one of the most entertaining acts on either side of the border.

Morton does vocal impressions to rival those of anyone on the continent. But he is not merely content to, say, do a 10-second byte of Marlon Brando doing The Godfather. He takes his act to another level and incorporates a dozen voices to create a veritable symphony.

And as the fellow who caught him at the comedy fest can attest, no one leaves a Greg Morton performance un-entertained.

So consider yourselves alerted: Morton brings his act back to town this week for a gig tonight at Bourbon Street West, followed by three nights at Ernie Butler’s Comedy Nest downtown.

Morton is not being boastful when he says he can pretty much imitate any voice he hears, as long as it is in his vocal range. Some say he does Jack Nicholson and Jerry Lewis better than they do. Morton attributes his gift for mimicry back to his upbringing in the quaint community of Woodstock.

“When I was a kid, I was a big lover of cartoons,” says Morton, 50, who now lives with his wife in Toronto. “I was an only child playing by myself. To pass the time, I would draw characters and then come up with voices for them. With my toys, I would do the same and act out little plays.”

It reached the point where Morton wasn’t sure if this obsession with voices would lead him into the entertainment world or therapy on the couch of a shrink. Fortunately, it was the former

“The only difference between over-imaginative kids and comics is that the comics never stop playing. Also, the comics get paid for playing. It doesn’t get much better than that.

“Still, while impressionists like Rich Little were big heroes of mine growing up, I just never dreamed a career like that would be in the cards for me. So, instead, I focused mainly on my drawing, thinking I had a better shot to make it as an artist.”

After studying classical animation at Sheridan College, Morton landed work as a cartoonist and illustrated such hit shows as Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo and Heavy Metal. But the solitary life of an artist got to him, so Morton started to work as a DJ, spinning discs and spewing one-liners. He then had the brainwave to supply voices for the animated offerings of others.

 

When he finally found his voice – voices – 22 years ago, he leapt into performing full time. Morton is, not surprisingly, much in demand on the casino circuit in Vegas and Atlantic City. That’s because, Canuck or not, he is a consummate performer. He is also a consummate creator. In addition to his show-stopping Star Wars routine, he has also managed to condense the Lord of the Rings trilogy into just two minutes, showcasing more than a dozen voices and critters – and saving impatient people 14 hours or so of movie viewing in the process.

Greg Morton’s performance at Bourbon Street West tonight is sold out. Some tickets do remain for Morton’s shows, tomorrow through Saturday at Ernie Butler’s Comedy Nest, in the Pepsi Forum, 2313 Ste. Catherine St. W. Call 514-932-6378.

bbrownst@thegazette.canwest.com


Morton Unleashed!

Sept. 23 I made a lengthy trip to L.A. to record an episode of Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen.  

It was a lot of fun, but I almost didn’t make it.  My flight was delayed and I missed my connection.  They inspected the plane and found a bird caught in the engine.  

Hey, if it’s between a bird and a 747, the 747 is going to win every time.  Right?  Heh, heh.  

Plus, there’s more than one engine on a 747. 

I guess there’s a hell of a lot more birds too!  

Yeah, that would be my luck.  I’m off to one of my first big breaks in Hollywood and the damn plane crashes.

The episode should air in a couple of weeks on the CW network.  Check your local listings for channel and time.  I’ll keep you posted.

Hmm… Maybe I should drive to my gig in Louisville this week.

The Debaters

Last night, I appeared on the CBC radio show, ‘The Debators.’  A show where comics debate hot topics and hot button issues with logic and a twist of humor.  The show is hosted by funny man Steve Paterson.  A good friend and one of the fastest ad-lib comics I know.  (That’s right, I name drop too.)

The debate topic was Star Wars vs Lord of the Rings.  Which one is the better franchise?  I was pro Star Wars of course and my debating partner, comedian Ron Sparks, was pro Lord of the Rings.  We both slaved through seconds of last minute prep to put forward our best arguments.  In the end, it was very close, but I prevailed.  

I won’t spoil it for you, but it was a great night!  

Simply click on the link above for more information on air times and sound bites of previous shows.  You won’t be disappointed.  

Shout outs to my fellow debaters, Al Rae, Fred MacAulay, Irwin Barker, Jonny Harris, Mark Forward, Debra DiGiovanni, Roman Danylo, Rebecca Northan, Pete Zedlacher, and Erica  Sigurdson.  Well done everybody! 

Ray Vazquez Tribute Show @ West Palm Improv

comedianimageaspx.gif Greg Morton’s Tribute Show in Memory of Ray Vazquez Palm Beach County has suffered a great loss in the passing of Ray Vazquez, a loving father, faithful husband, loyal friend and devoted Firefighter/Paramedic. The Improv is honoring Ray by donating all ticket and Raffle proceeds from this show directly to his family. A cowardly gunman dressed in a suit and tie walked into a Wendy’s restaurant in Palm Beach County (Florida) at lunchtime on Monday, March 3rd, killing a Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lieutenant who was on his lunch break. The lunatic then went on shooting four others before turning the gun on himself. The Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lieutenant was taking a lunch break from training and met his wife and child at the restaurant. The 42-year-old Firefighter and his family had just left the restaurant when he returned to retrieve a toy his child had left behind. The Lieutenant was shot in the back as he stood at the counter. Michele Vazquez has expressed her appreciation of support from the community and asked that this statement be read summing up her thoughts and feelings about the response of the community, fellow firefighters, police officers, all public safety professionals and even complete strangers. “I don’t know where to begin or how to thank everyone. The support is overwhelming and so appreciated. My children and I thank you so much. People would comment about the fact that I was a cop and Ray a Fire-Medic. We have the two strongest extended families anyone could imagine. We love you all so much. Thank you for being here with me. When Ray started the fire service, I would ask why he called people, “Brother.” ….It didn’t take long for me to figure it out. I know you are feeling my pain and confusion. He loved working with you. I don’t understand why these horrible things happen. But, no horrible thing can take away our memories. My husband was an outstanding father and the most giving husband. He was my best friend, I’m going to miss him so much. Michele Vazquez (Wife of Ray Vazquez) Michele, Our prayers are with you and your family… we love you and God Bless you. All proceeds will go to the Vazquez Family…Please join us Thursday night, won’t you? 

Bob and Tom Comedy All Stars Tour

I am happy to announce that I will be one of the performers on the Bob and Tom Comedy All Stars Tour.For more details and future tour dates, or for minor irritation, check this blog frequently.  Or visit BOBandTOM.com.  CANADIAN MIST PRESENTS BOB & TOM COMEDY ALLSTARS THE PAGEANT ST. LOUIS 21 & UP ONLY SAT MAR 08 2008 7:00PM 


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