Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Slapshtick 

Hockey star wannabeen hangs up skates for skits.

Naturally, a Canadian comedian would compare his act to his other passion, playing hockey. But Ian Bagg admits that he can't make a living from making slap shots on an ice rink. "I'm a huge hockey fan, and I really wanted to be a pro hockey player. I went to a couple camps and got beaten up quite brutally," he remembers. "I said, 'Nope, I wanna be a comedian.'" So how does a wannabe comic make a break from a tiny town in northern British Columbia and get to stand-up gigs in a big city like Vancouver? Easy, says Bagg. You hitchhike. "My parents were always firm believers in 'If you want to do something, go do it,'" says Bagg, whose TV credits include face time on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Late Show, and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. "So I went to Vancouver. Two years later, I ended up onstage. It kinda steamrolled from there."Today, Bagg shapes his act based on newspaper headlines. "A lot of my stuff is current events that I let my cartoon mind go with," he says. "I think comedy should be like Christmas dinner. Have fun and tease each other." Bagg takes the stage at 8 tonight, 8 and 10:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 2000 Sycamore Street on the West Bank of the Flats. Tickets are $11 to $17. Call 216-696-4677 or visit www.clevelandimprov.com.
Thu., May 8, 8 p.m.; May 9-10, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., May 11, 7 p.m., 2008

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation