Jamie began studying Stand Up Comedy with Comedian Larry Horowitz, and Performing as an amateur Comic in Toronto, Ont. in 2000. In 2003 Jamie put Stand Up on the back burner to pursue as a career as Professional Comic Juggler. Since moving to Vancouver, BC. in Sept. 2005 Jamie has been performing Stand Up again as an Amateur Stand Up Comic at various open mics including Yuk Yuk's and Lafflines. For More Info. Visit: www.ComicJunky.com
Humber Student Out To Dethrone King Of Comedy
Humber student Jamie Wilson brings in the laughs at the Fox & Fiddle by Kelly Machado
In high school, Jamie Wilson was voted to be the next Jim Carrey, and with his comic genius he looks poised to do just that.
The 22-year-old Comedy Writing and Performance student took to the stage at The Fox & Fiddle in Mississauga last Tuesday night.
Wilson filled the room with laughter as he performed his new material for the first time, using his ex-girlfriend and previous relationships as the basis for most of his jokes.
You know what’s stupid about relationships? he asked. Women expect you to be open and honest about everything. Yet, they have more secrets than Jean Chrétien and the Liberal government.
Stephanie B. a U of T Business Management student, said she enjoyed the show immensely.
He’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians I’ve ever seen, she said. I laughed so hard that I cried, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he became Hollywood’s new king of comedy.
When asked why he chose comedy, Wilson was quick with his response.
Ever since I could remember, the only thing I’ve ever been good at is joking around, he said. If I could take people away from their everyday stresses of life and take them into my world for a short period of time by making a fool of myself and get them laughing, then that’s me doing my job and that’s my biggest fulfillment.
Born and raised in Toronto, Wilson remembers spending his childhood watching endless episodes of the Three Stooges, as well as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
I love the Three Stooges. When I was a kid, I used to imitate a lot of the physical things that they did everything from facial _expressions to beating the daylights out of my sisters. I love that type of physical comedy, he said.
Although it seems as if being funny comes naturally to Wilson, he said the process of writing material and formatting an act from the topic and finding a premise so that it works for an audience is difficult.
An idea for a joke could come to you at the snap of a finger, but sometimes it can take weeks, he said. It’s a long process. You have to go over it around 10 times ...once you actually have it, you have to format it to fit the rest of your act. So, really, to write a joke may seem to be a never ending task.
With the writing done, Wilson prepares for his shows by belting out some of his favorite tunes.
Basically I just pull out my old 80s greatest hits and I blare Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners. I just sing as loud as I can and that keeps me cool and gets me all hyped up and ready to go, he said. Debbie C. an assistant media buyer at Cossette Media, who was present at the sports bar, said that Wilson’s performance was well- rounded. I thought he had a great set that kept the crowd entertained, she said. I would definitely love to see him perform again.
Although his friends called him crazy for leaving the job he had, Wilson’s family encouraged him to follow his dream of one day becoming one of Hollywood’s funny men.
My family was very supportive when I told them I had quit my job to go back to school. They’re big believers in just being happy no matter what you do.
You can find Wilson strutting his stuff Nov. 20 when Humber Colleges Comedy Cavalcade hits Yuk Yuk’s Super club at 2335 Yonge St.
For information or reservations, call (416) 967-6425.
Nancy Yen's - SUNSHINE BOY
Jamie is a single, blue-eyed Cancer. He will be performing a stand-up routine at Yuk Yuk's Super Club, Humber College Comedy Night tonight
Jamie has tied his last Sunshine Boy record with this picture. He is the first Sunshine Boy to wear not one, but two shirts, now for the second time.