Fraser Young

It's like starting over for Canadian comic Fraser Young. The Toronto native, now based in New York City, is trying to establish an American fan base. "I'm paying my dues all over again," he says. "It's still fun, it's exciting to do you, but in Canada I was a touring act. I come down to New York, and I'm doing five minutes at a time." Young is also a writer and an actor, but unfortunately his visa is only for live performing. "Basically you've got to build up," he explains, "and get a better reputation and then keep reapplying." Thus begins his foray into the Midwest. "I usually do stories and observations," he says. "Stories about my life. Humorous observations. I'll put that 'humorous' in there so it sounds funny." Young isn't worried about his Canadian sensibility seeming foreign to American audiences. He did have that problem in England, though. "There was some stuff that just would not translate," he says. "Like camping. I had a bit about camping, which is something only very rich and elite people do over in England, and it fell flat." He needn't worry here, as we are all essentially North Americans. "I guess," he agrees. "If you could get that message to the immigration people I'd appreciate that!" 18+, 21+ for the late shows.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 19. Continues through Aug. 23, 2009

 
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