What’s a slapstick comedian to do when a world pandemic places dwell reveals on maintain? Launch an album.
Luckily for Lars Classington, he had some laughs in stock.
The Orillia native, recognized to many by his actual identify, Joe Larsen, is releasing Foolish Goose, a dwell stand-up efficiency that was recorded final yr in his hometown.
“In a weird way, I have COVID-19 to thank for it,” Classington informed OrilliaMatters on the cellphone from his Toronto house.
He revisited a few of his recorded reveals and got here throughout the one which passed off on the Orillia Legion throughout a fundraiser for Crime Stoppers.
“It wasn’t planned as a special taping or an album, but it was the first time I’d ever performed in Orillia, and I’ve been doing stand-up for 10 years, so that night was very special for me,” he mentioned. “The crowd was just awesome.”
On the recording, a listener can hear how a lot enjoyable each Classington and the viewers have been having. After giving it one other hear, he determined that may be the taping that may develop into Foolish Goose, his first comedy album.
Classington’s stand-up profession started in 2009, when he took half in his first novice present. He was hooked. He was impressed as a child by sketch reveals like Saturday Evening Reside, SCTV, Mad TV and In Residing Coloration, and he noticed stand-up as a option to open the doorways to tv. It labored, and he has been in commercials, motion pictures and TV reveals.
It’s a far cry from his pre-entertainment profession, when he was working for a life insurance coverage firm.
“It wasn’t what I wanted to be doing,” he mentioned. “I took a shot at (comedy) in 2009 and jumped in.”
With many individuals out of labor due to the pandemic, now is likely to be the time for them to “look at their lives and see if there’s something else they want to be doing,” Classington mentioned.
“If there’s a dream or a passion people are thinking about doing, jump in and do it.”
Foolish Goose is an applicable title for his debut album.
“It lends to my style and the fact I’m Canadian,” he mentioned, noting the album cowl options him leaping within the air whereas surrounded by digitally added Canada geese. “I simply have goofy, foolish concepts and so they usually flip right into a foolish tune or jingle. Quite a lot of it’s my affect from ’90s SNL and the parody commercials.”
The photograph was taken by native photographer Rob Murphy, also called the Artsonist, and Kurt Firla was the graphic designer.
Wordplay can also be an enormous a part of Classington’s materials, which he attributes partially to rising up with a father, Fred Larsen, who was an English instructor.
Foolish Goose options 11 tracks — Classington’s favorite bits from the dwell efficiency. The album is a bit more than half an hour in size. He’s hoping will probably be a half-hour pick-me-up for many who may use it.
“People are so stressed out right now, and this album is strictly nonsense. There’s no politics in it,” he mentioned.
He hopes to have Foolish Goose out there on streaming providers resembling iTunes and Spotify originally of July, however it’s out there as a digital obtain now for many who pre-order it for $7.
Anybody who orders it can get a “Foolish Goose shout-out” on social media and will probably be given entry to a live-stream comedy present Classington is arranging along with his comic pals. To order the album, click on right here.
Within the meantime, these with Netflix can watch Oh Yuck! Classington has a recurring position as custodian Lou Useful within the live-action youngsters’ present. You possibly can catch him in episodes 4, 5, 12 and 13.
“That show is perfect for anyone with elementary-school-aged kids,” he mentioned. “It’s all about science and the stinky, gooey, gross kind of stuff.”