An Opening spot for Russell Peters
By Jack Dani
from Toronto, Canada
I have been performing stand up comedy in Toronto for about 5 years. Each year I was getting better and more comfortable on stage.
In the summer of 2009 there was a contest going on in Canada with a Radio station; you upload your stand up routine for a chance to open a show for comedian Russell Peters. The details of the contest stated that the venue wouldn’t be less than 5000 people. That was mind-blowing, considering on average I perform in front of 10- 200 people... most times 10 people at open-mic shows. 5000 people was unimaginable (or so I thought).
Everyday that summer I was jogging 5 km along the same route, and at one spot in my route was this huge hill, which overlooked a huge man-made lake. When I got to the top of the hill, I would stay there for about 15 minutes with my headphones on, listening to ‘Hallelujah’ sung by K.D Lang, and I would Visualize being on a huge stage in front of a huge audience. I did this everyday, during which I kind of forgot about the contest since I had entered so many of them with no success.
Well, about 2 months after the visualizations, I got a call that I had placed 1st and would be opening for Russell Peters at Caesars Casino. It was an incredible experience to say the least...
Thank YOU Rhonda.
About Jack Dani from Toronto, Canada:
I AM a Comedian, musician, Singer/Songwriter.