Too much liquordome?

Memorial Cup 2013: Saskatoon comedian taunts Mooseheads with misspelled sign, perhaps on purpose?

A Saskatoon Blades fans proffers 2 tickets to the gun show (Steve Hiscock photo)

SASKATOON, Sask. — Rule No. 1 of chirping: make sure you have correct spelling.

Exception to the rule: unless you're trying to make someone take the bait. During Sunday's MasterCard Memorial Cup game, one spectator seated next to the Halifax Mooseheads bench tried to distract the Quebec League rep by wearing a crash helmet and pressing a neon-coloured sign up against the glass enclosing the bench area. At first glance, he whiffed on the spelling — one o short in "too much" and "Haifax" instead of "Halifax."

However, evidence shows the spectator was apparently a Saskatoon comedian named Kelly Taylor (@TicTaylor). If this was performance art, was the spelling really that bad or was it a troll, designed to reel in journalists determined to turn a hockey tournament into a grammar rodeo?

The Liquordome is a well-known string of downtown bars located a few hundred metres from the Mooseheads' home arena, the Halifax Metro Centre. That's the brilliance of the bit: coming up with a joke that rewards the audience's Halifax nightlife knowledge, but then doing an apparent self-burn by using spelling you'd expect to see from Ricky on Trailer Park Boys. Who knows what to think, other than to maybe chuckle?
Kelly Taylor Represents The Prairies on "Comedy Now"

Kelly Taylor represents the prairies on 'Comedy Now!'

by: Tyrone Warner
Date: 7/2/2010 11:41:00 AM

He may have given up hockey from comedy, but this funnyman knows how to score on stage.

Kelly Taylor appears on “Comedy Now!” on Saturday, July 3 on CTV, with the full episode available online at CTV.ca afterwards.

Taylor, who has performed at Just for Laughs in Vancouver and Calgary, credits his start in Saskatoon comedy clubs with giving him his confidence on stage.

“It was great for starting out, because you could get a ton of stage time, and then you had to work on your material. In nine months, I got to do my own headline set! It was a good way to build material,” says Taylor.

Working the clubs, Taylor learned to develop a robust set that can go from more adult humour to family-friendly material about the difficulty of scooping ice cream from a box.

Taylor also spends much of his time on the road, doing shows for colleges in the U.S and Canada.

“Campuses are different in Canada, as opposed to the U.S. In Canada, it’s more cut loose and free. I talk about drinking and partying and stuff like that, and in the U.S. it seems like they have comedy set up as an alternative for people going out and drinking,” says Taylor.

“I kind of tailor that show in America to just talking about everyday things. I think I’ve done 200 American colleges, and two out of that had alcohol there. It’s a different type of show. When I do corporate work, I talk about family and kids, whereas when I’m talking to a younger crowd, I rarely talk about having kids and that. Then it’s like, ‘Who’s this old guy?’”

This summer Taylor is bringing his family along as he crisscrosses the country doing comedy.

“It’s a little bit more work to get three kids to each show, as opposed to just me staying in any old motel room, jumping up and gone. It’s worth it; I won’t be homesick at all. It’s fun when you can put a vacation and work together.”

The funnyman says he developed his own sense of humour from his family, both from his father and his brothers.

Taylor says his father was “loud and in your face and really funny. He was always on and joking the whole time. And my brothers, it’s the same thing. My brother, his whole life, was burning me. Whatever you said or did, you got burned. All day. You had to have a defence for that, so it was back and forth. It’s a family thing.”

As for advice for young people looking to get into comedy, Taylor has this advice:

“Get on stage as much as you can. You can see sometimes if the crowd is terrible, and you don’t want to go on… always go on. Those seem like the sets that make you a better comedian. It’s like anything, the more you practice, the better you are going to be.

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