Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you first become interested in doing comedy?
It was honestly all very random. I saw an advertisement online for the Second City. I didn’t know what it was at the time, so I called them and was like, “be honest, is this a scam?” and they said no, and so I decided to take classes there, even though I was still suspicious. I just remembered that one episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where his brother signs up for a modeling agency or classes (I forget which), and then he goes back to the modeling agency the next week, and everything is gone. – Also, at the same time, I got a spam email to audition for a musical and decided to do that too. I don’t know; some marketing manager did their SEO correctly and sucked me into this life. I blame them.
Who are some of the comedians that have influenced you over the years?
Definitely, Mr. Bean. I love his physicality and his ability to make anything funny. The Lonely Island for being able to balance comedic songwriting with great-sounding music production. Also, I have to also say a mix of the Simpsons and Spongebob for their mix of sharp wit and ridiculous absurdity.
What can you tell us about your third solo musical comedy show, “This Show Will Change Your Life”?
This Show Will Change Your Life is a musical spoof on self-help and wellness culture. I just remember walking into the self-help section of the Chapters and how every book was like, “HOW TO UNF**K YOURSELF!!!” I was being yelled at by books. And we’re also given so much advice from everyone about how to live our lives and how to make them better. I don’t know about you, but every time I’ve finished a self-help book, my reaction has always been, “oh, okay, this entire book could have literally been a sentence.” – I just think this world was ripe for poking fun at and I decided to write comedic songs inspired by it.
What can audiences expect if they go to see the show at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival this July 6th – 17th, 2022, at the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Ave)?
Expect a fun concert of original comedic songs inspired by these themes. Think stand-up meets music. If you’re a fan of the Flight of the Conchords or the Lonely Island, then this show will be right up your alley. It’s filled with anthems on relationships, career advice, guilty pleasures, and more. Feel in control by Stealing from Work! Get revenge on an ex by sleeping with both their parents! Learn how to date while navigating a close-knit immigrant family in I Live at Home! Get insider tips on how to know if your partner is cheating on you (Do they wear clothes? They’re cheating on you! Who are they dressing up for???)! And so much more.
What’s next for your career?
I’m waiting for Judd Apatow to contact me so we can make a movie. So my career is literally in his hands. But until then, I’ve got a couple of comedy pilots that I’m very excited about that I’m shopping around. I’m also taking this musical comedy to Edinburgh in August and then refining it and working on it a bit more after to get it ready for some touring.
What advice would you have for aspiring creators?
Ooo, I’d say just do it. Make the thing, perform the thing, write the thing. It’s always scary to actually make something and share it with the world, but it’s the only way. Just do the thing and have fun doing it.
What’s your life like outside of the entertainment industry?
Life outside entertainment is pretty quaint. I love to bake and cook and try to make new things. I’m usually out and about hanging out with friends. I love roaming around the city and hanging near the beach on a sweltering summer day and also exploring new places around the town.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find me on instagram and tiktok @anestidanelis