Canadian comic Sean Proudlove opens his Comedy Now! special with a good bit on going to the movies and the food stand. This is good, middle of the road material with a hint of an edge. It sets the tone for the rest of Proudlove's performance which airs August 30th and 31st on CTV and The Comedy Network respectively.
Sean Proudlove is a good but not remarkable stand-up comic. There is, sorry to say, something rather generic about his material. His Subway routine is a good example of that. The peeing all over the bathroom semi punch line shows Proudlove is not above getting a very easy laugh.
This is also true of the cookie bit. Granted, no one will ever beat Gary Gulman's take on the topic, but although this is a decent routine there is, again, something rather generic about it with a facile reference to going to the toilet tossed in. The missing cat bit also goes for a cheap toilet joke towards the end.
What I find most frustrating about Sean Proudlove is he seems to be a better comic than his material. There are many unexploited possibilities in his Comedy Now! performance. One is about getting the cat stoned. Another is about getting a year's supply of Kraft Dinner.
Sean Proudlove is a comic who seems to be hitting the wall between being a decent stand-up comedian and a good one.
Comedy Now! is a good series that gives young comics their first national TV exposure. I do wish, however, they did not glue the comedians to the center of the stage: it makes for a somewhat static performance. To his credit, Proudlove is the only one so far who does not seem totally glued to his mark.