Nick Beaton has been on CBC-Radio’s “The Debaters” sparring with Canadian comedy legend, Mike MacDonald. He’s showcased at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. And he’s returned to his hometown of Sydney as a Yuk-Yuk’s headliner.
Starting on Sunday, July 3, Beaton is back in Cape Breton to host the weekly Comedy Sundays at the Capri, which will run every week till the end of August. And he’s looking for funny Cape Bretoners to join him onstage.
Beaton is planning a move to England in September and wants to work up material for his new audiences.
“I’ve only heard good things about the comedy scene in London,” he says in a phone interview, “London is smaller geographically than Toronto, but it has a much larger population. There are tons of comedy shows and you get paid for every show.”
Beaton says, in Toronto, while he might do six to eight shows a week, not every show is a paying gig. And during the summer, things slow down enough on the Ontario comedy circuit, it made sense both in terms of performance opportunities and financially to head home to Sydney.
With the Capri shows, Beaton hopes to do twenty plus minutes of his own material, trying out new routines and honing older material. Then he will open the stage to other aspiring stand up acts (a couple have been in touch with him already), improv acts, and musical acts, too.
Admission to these events will be “pay what you can” and the shows start at 8:30pm and run to 10 pm.
At the end of the summer, Beaton hopes enough material for “one big show” of about ninety minutes.
At the end of our interview, Beaton was heading off to a show at “an atheist library”.
“It’s my first time doing comedy at a library,” he notes, “only this library serves beer.”
Anyone who wishes to perform can contact Beaton through the event’s Facebook page: