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Where can I start an entry level career in satire in Canada?

Asked by talljasperman (19186 points ) August 17th, 2011

I have a high school diploma… I failed out of business college and I have two years of philosophy/psychology from a small university that I also failed out of. I live at home with my mom, I am 34 years old… and I don’t work for a living. I have a lot of social commentary to spew out… and counseling isn’t going fast enough… I would like to get paid for writing satire, and I’m willing to work at it. I didn’t have high marks in high school… My marks were C+‘s in biology, science, and English, I got C’s in social studies and a D in math and I have five years of junior and senor high drama… I gave away my gift of comedy and wit to students in high school and have been doing so since grade 1 as a class clown… I love humor and politics, and I love Dilbert and Stephen Colbert… I’m determined to make this career work… Do you have any suggestions/advice?

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josie's avatar

Get a job writing for the Toronto Globe and Mail. They can’t be serious. It must be satire.

Jeruba's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard has a pretty good suggestion there. I know a guy who makes a handsome living from blogging and also teaches workshops on how to do what he does. A popular blog can lead to speaking engagements and other opportunities.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Do as so many Canadian comics do: Make satirical comment on US policy and politics.

Rheto_Ric's avatar

Stop dwelling on your past failures, they have absolutely no baring (bearing?) on your present desire to do satire/comedy. From what I’ve derived from listening to the WTF podcast with Marc Maron, your failures may even be an advantage.
Sit down, right down your funny observations, and try to get 5–10 minutes worth of stand-up material. It’s a hard world, from what I’ve heard, but if you can hone your skills at some amateur events, you might eventually get noticed if you’re good enough.
And watch / listen to a lot of other stand-ups. But be aware, imitation is NOT a form of flattery in the comedy universe, so it’s important you find your own voice.
If you think you have something important to say, if you think you’re funny enough, if this is really what you want to do with your life, you work at it, work your way up from the bottom, and never give up.
Good luck.

marinelife's avatar

Second City (Toronto) is where many great comedians started.

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