Comedy is a difficult thing to define.
But Sam Easton, a Yuk Yuk’s comedian coming to the Bluenose Bar and Grill this Saturday, has been in the business for the last 15 years. It’s really all he’s ever done, career-wise. And by now, he’s definitely got some insight on the topic.
“It’s a way of putting different perspective on things, you know? It’s a way of reframing something,” he says. “That’s what I enjoy the most about comedy.”
Easton takes an occurrence and breaks it down from many different angles until he unveils the humour inherent in most bad situations. In this way, he is able to completely change someone’s perspective on a negative situation and allow them to come out laughing instead.
“Some comedians are able to take a horrifying subject and find light within it,” he says.
Easton views comedy as a way of escaping for the audience. For the duration of a show, everyone can forget about the daily grind and take a load off their backs. For Easton’s show at the Bluenose, there is also the added benefit of alcohol being involved – he’ll grab a drink, too – so he anticipates a laid back atmosphere. But that escape that he provides for the audience is also a two-way street.
Easton is 35 now, and with age comes responsibility and the building of a family along with countless other life events. But even with the growing responsibility of life infringing on all the fun parts, being on stage and in the moment as a comedian is “the safest place in the whole world” for him.
Being an entertainer also provides a kind of silver lining to the struggles he might find himself facing in life as well.
“You can always just take it right to the stage and get some laughs off of it,” says Easton. “When anything embarrassing happens in your life, you think, well, at least I’m going to have 10 minutes of new material off of this.”
Easton says that the stage can really provide way of becoming someone else for a while; a more likeable and much funnier person than he is in real life. A lot of comedians, he says with a laugh, “aren’t very enjoyable to be around” off-stage.
“But when you see them on stage, you know, they can be magical.”
Easton speaks highly of another comedian joining him for the evening, his friend and opening act, James Moore.
“We’ll have just done a corporate show the night before, so then rolling into the bar type environment, we’re just going to have so much fun,” said Easton. “We’ll have a few drinks and get some big laughs.”
Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.