Stonewall’s Tim Gray will record his live comedy album You Gotta Laugh with a performance at the Park Theatre Nov. 26. (Handout Tm Gray Comedy)
Stonewall-raised comedian Tim Gray is looking to adapt his physical slapstick brand of stand-up into recorded form.
Gray, who has been performing comedy since 2008, will record his first comedy album titled You Gotta Laugh with a live performance at The Park Theatre Nov. 26. After eight years of fine-tuning his stand-up set, he feels he is ready to release a live album.
“At the beginning of 2016, I set a goal for myself as a stand-up to do one hour of stand-up comedy. I had never done an hour of stand-up comedy before. The more that I worked on the show, the more I built on the show, it started becoming something more along the lines of a comedy album,” Gray explained.
After discovering comedy as a student at the University of Manitoba, Gray has worked his way up to being a performer at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival with sketch comedy group H.U.N.K.S.
The one-hour show is a first for Gray, who said it can be difficult to find venues who will allow stand-up comedians to perform for one hour unless they are a headliner.
“All of the stand-up comedy shows in Winnipeg, you’ll get between five minutes stage time to 10, 15 minutes of stage time,” he said. “To get the opportunity to do an hour, you have to create that opportunity for yourself.”
Gray also lists Steve Martin, Steven Wright and Zach Galifianakis as his three biggest comedic influences.
You Gotta Laugh is expected to be released in February at the earliest as he is still searching for record labels to pick up the record.
“There are some special surprises built into the show that make it more of a performance experience and not just me standing on a stage telling jokes,” Gray said.
Four local comedians will open for Gray at 9 p.m. prior to his set. Advance tickets cost $12, while tickets at the door cost $15. To purchase tickets online, visit: myparktheatre.com/ticket-outlets.