Tyler Boissonnault is a Vancouver-based comedian who broke into the world of comedy by running a bar that would host comedy shows. Through networking with friend Jordan Ducharme and his keen interest in doing stand-up through earlier days as a musician, he made his debut at an open-mic comedy night at Vancouver’s own Benny’s Bagels. Through his wicked sense of humour and ability to poke fun at his own trials and errors, Tyler is able to rouse a laugh out of just about anyone.
How would you describe your comedy style?
I try to write about things I’ve personally experienced. About my past addiction issues or something like that… Sometimes it just comes out as a dumb joke about how to peel a banana though…but if gets a laugh I’ll keep it.
Who are some of your influences?
I’m big on Jacques Cousteau, the red cap, the accent, he had a good thing going there.
Who was your favourite comedian growing up?
George Carlin was probably my favourite. I could quote most any HBO special he had but not remember my times tables. Teachers loved that.
Who is your favourite comedian now?
I think I still lean towards the people who have been in it for a while. Bill Burr, Tom Segura, Dave Chapelle. Obviously not the newest on the block but the work ethic of the 3 of those guys is something I try and strive for.
What is your pre-show ritual?
I don’t know if it’s a pre-show ritual but I have a daily routine. I get up early (for a comic) I meditate, work out and have functional mushrooms in my coffee. As I’ve got older I find doing those three things on a daily basis helps my overall level of productivity and sharpness and has 100% made my comedy better.
What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?
I’m still pretty new to this so haven’t been to a lot of places but let me tell you, the fellas over at Vancouver Comedy Ring have had a couple of amazing spots during the short four years I’ve been doing comedy. Their most recent spot Holy Chow on Pender Street is so fun! It’s a tight little room at the back of a restaurant that is PRIMO for comedy. I highly recommend checking out any show there. They do it Thursday through Sunday EVERY WEEK!
What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?
I think my favourite always changes depending on what the new thing I’m working on is. That’s what I love about comedy, is getting the bits better and better each time.
What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?
I really like podcasts for this.
Tell us a joke about your city.
I love doing shows in the DTES. In my last gig, I had a guy come up to me outside the venue and ask ” DO YOU WANT TO BUY A KNIFE”? I guess I have to now…
Do you have anything to promote right now?
Please check out the Show Me Yours Podcast. It’s a super fun weekly pod I do with Jackie Agnew and Jonny DiVito anywhere podcast can be found!
Where can we follow you?
Come out to a live show!
PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?
If you don’t know Jackie Agnew and Jonny DiVito you need to get on that train. I should also give a shout-out to Daragh “The Scorpion” Turner, a well-mannered Irishmen who I love watching. Nicole Tanner is someone to keep an eye on as well!