THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? THERE’S A CLASS FOR THAT

They've never done stand-up before, but every Tuesday evening, these public servants, IT workers and students gather in a dark club to learn the fine art of being funny.

'I'm buzzing from the adrenaline.' Ron Porteous makes his standup debut at Ottawa's Absolute Comedy club. (Michel Aspirot/CBC)

They’ve never done standup before, but every Tuesday evening, these public servants, IT workers and students gather in a dark club to learn the fine art of being funny. On the last night, they get up on stage in front of a crowd to perform a six-minute set. CBC reporter Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco met two of the comedy wannabes and followed their progress. Here’s what they had to say about why they did it. Their comments have been edited for style and clarity.

Ron Porteous

By day I’m a mild-mannered IT manager at Canada Post. It’s just a dumb coincidence that I happen to look like Louis C.K.

I’ve always thought of myself as funny, but recently I’ve started thinking maybe that’s not true. Maybe I suck at being funny, and I’ve been fooling myself for 40-odd years. So I signed up for a standup comedy class. During the last class I’ll do standup in front of a packed house at the comedy club. Welcome to my midlife crisis.

Welcome to my midlife crisis. – Ron Porteous

I feel like I’ve been drowning in data and computers most of my waking life. I’m worried I lost myself along the way.

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