The Chicken Dance

“And wow – imagine how bad you think Chickenfoot could be, then accept that there are deeper depths of horrible, then turn off your TV.”
—@tedleo: 1:34 AM Jun 6th from TweetDeck

“Then stop tweeting and drink and cry yourself to sleep.”
—@tedleo: 1:35 AM Jun 6th from TweetDeck

“And maybe punch yourself in the face once or twice to remind you that you’re still alive and human.”
—@tedleo: 1:53 AM Jun 6th from TweetDeck

“AUG-2 @HalifaxRockfest “imagine how bad you think @chickenfoot could be, then accept that there are deeper depths of horrible” (via @tedleo)”
—@thedingler: 11:20 AM Jun 6th from Tweetie

“@thedingler Hey – thanks a lot, Halifax – you just got me in trouble with Chad Smith, who I’m sure can kick my ass!”
—@tedleo: 11:48 AM Jun 6th from TweetDeck in reply to thedingler

“@tedleo The band logo is a square peace sign. You could take a couple elderly faux hippies that can’t lug their own gear.”
—@thedingler: 1:43 PM Jun 6th from Tweetie in reply to tedleo

“@thedingler Huh – you might be right – thanks for the vote of confidence!”
—@tedleo: 2:04 PM Jun 6th from TweetDeck in reply to thedingler

“@tedleo @thedingler The Satch is a guitar legend, still playing those sweet sweet licks. Chickenfoot is already great.”
—@HalifaxRockfest 8:14 PM Jun 6th from web

“@HalifaxRockfest Whatever. You know who’s great? North of America, Jale, and Sloan – dig your own backyard, dude!”
—@tedleo: 10:02 PM Jun 6th from TweetDeck in reply to HalifaxRockfest

“@tedleo Haven’t heard of North of America or Jale, but Sloan is playing with us Aug. 2nd.”
—@HalifaxRockfest: 12:25 PM Jun 7th from web in reply to tedleo

Yuk Yuk’s Competition Makes Mark Little Richer, Handsomer


The Chronicle Herald randomly chose a photo of a Picnicface member to run with their article on Mark.

In case you haven’t heard, Mark Little of Picnicface is $25,000 richer by winning Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off in Toronto last week.

I missed the big win, but managed to see Mark qualify to the finals. While he stood out as being one of the few qualifying comics to lean towards the absurd, it really looked like the judges (including Ben Mulroney) prefered the more straight-forward stand ups. At the semi-finals Mark squeaked by to the finals by coming in 4th place behind some typical Canuck comics including a guy whose big closer was a rant about the 10-year-old film Armagedon.

Luckily the judges for the finals included talent scouts for Conan O’Brien and Craig Ferguson.  The competition will air on the Comedy Network sometime in the future.

But the real highlight of Mark’s weekend was meeting the guy who played the dad in Troll 2.


Mark Little Laughed Off Stage

Picnicface’s Mark Little cleaned up in Toronto at the Yuk Yuk’s 2009 Great Canadian Laugh Off. Looking at the list of judges, we can only hope that Mr. Little will be making his debut appearance on late night television soon enough:

We also want to give a special shout-out to our judges for this evening: Ashley Olivia, talent coordinator for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien; Celia Joseph, researcher and comedy booker for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; Bruce Hills, chief operating officer for Just for Laughs; and Michelle Daly, director of content for The Comedy Network.

Battle of the Marks; and one emerges as the $25K winner | Yuk Yuk’s Laugh Off

Ghosts, specters and succubi around the HRM rest a little easier today, safe in the knowledge that their dusk to dawn diddling will again be safe behind the iron curtain of secrecy and denial. This relief, of course, comes in the form of Peter Duffy’s retirement from the “Old Lady of Argyle Street.”

From today’s Chronicle Herald:

After 28 years of stories and columns, it’s farewell to The Chronicle Herald. If you read my piece last Tuesday, you know I was thinking about it. Well, I’ve finished thinking about it.

The catalyst for my decision was a buyout package offered to those of us who are members of the newsroom union. Note that I said “the catalyst” and not “the reason.”

These are difficult economic times and the Old Lady of Argyle Street, as I still affectionately think of The Herald even though we moved shop last year, is not immune. Management is looking to cull the herd and a common way to do that is offer a financial incentive, based on years of service. So we all got the buyout offers.

Unfortunately, there’s more to this difficult story. Two dozen members of the news staff have been given layoff notices — as you also probably know if you read our business pages.

Now here’s the thing: For each of us who takes the buyout, a position will be saved.

So actually, my leaving is a good thing because it’ll save a colleague’s career. But there’s more to it than that. I’m leaving because my heart is telling me to.

Perhaps comments section user Stubbs said it best when he said:

Goodbye and good riddance, you irrelevant old fart.