I don’t. It was over ten years ago I wanted to start working secondary markets. You can cover the major markets once a year – that’s kind of the drill. I’m alone, I can travel, why don’t I grab some of these?
I wanted to play Tuktoyaktuk, which is the northern most town in the Northwest Territories. It’s on the Beaufort Sea. And I wanted to play it in the winter. The promoter called them and they said yes. The theater seats 250 people and the promoter asked what the population of Tuktoyaktuk was – it’s 1,000. So you have to sell a quarter of the population to fill the place. In order to even get there, you have to drive up the river – on the river up to Tuktoyaktuk. I think a band has played there. And I think it was Metallica, but it’s a lot easier if it’s someone like me…To limit yourself to a certain market or a certain demographic or a certain kind of place is really ungrateful.
The two times that I’ve seen you – I want to call it an act. The stories that you tell all have punch-lines. It seems premeditated or at least it seems like you know what stories will get a laugh. Do you want to be a comic?
For the first 3 years I was playing, I never opened my mouth. I couldn’t even look up. I was scared to death of the people. And one night, I remembered trying to kill a chicken when I was a kid – I was having trouble with the goose-neck microphone stand. And before I could stop myself, I asked the crowd if they’d ever killed a chicken. They laughed and I remembered in one big lump this thing about the chicken. And that’s the main reason I open my mouth. You’re not repeating anything, I don’t have a script ever, but there are subjects that I’ll return to. I’ll return to them only if I have to. Otherwise, it’s like that first time I opened my mouth. I discover either something I’d forgotten about or something that was right in front of my nose that I didn’t get until now. It’s like running into a room where your friends are and yelling, ‘Guess what? Look at this shit!’ That’s what happens.