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Man of Many Hats (EP4): Don't Be a Thermometer...CRANK UP THE HEAT! 

"Find Your True Audience. Not Everyone Will Get It & That's OK.
It Keeps You Being True To Yourself"

(EP4's Hat: Blue Jays Vintage Snap-Back)


Sure it's incredible to perform in a packed arena for thousands of rabid fans, but sometimes it's just as fun to just belt it out for one sleeping buddy in his garage!

I LOVE performing.
I LOVE the feeling of stepping on stage.
I LOVE being in the spotlight.
I LOVE seeing, hearing, & feeling the energy of the crowd.
I LOVE the immediate feedback loop in a performance: The call & response of message sent, message received.
I LOVE knowing that I have entertained a crowd and added something positive & fun to their lives.
And I'm not gonna lie---I LOVE the attention :)

BUT--I really don't NEED an audience. I enjoy the performance so much, that I'm happy with or without the large audience. I love it because it's FUN. I get to create & express ideas in any way I like and that is really, REALLY FUN.

Of course I'd prefer to have an audience (sooner or later without an audience I'd just be the crazy guy ranting & raving on the corner).  But e
very time I step on stage I am loving every minute of it, because I'm having FUN. The act itself is fulfilling, regardless of the audience feedback. I think that's a big reason that the vast majority of my audiences have fun at my shows--monkey see, monkey do! (seriously sometimes I'm just a big ape on stage)

I have performed for thousands and I have also performed for single digit crowds. But you'd be hard pressed to see a difference in my act whether it's 7000 people or 7 (except that I'd probably be on a first name basis with those 7 by the end of my show).

Case in point--just last week I did what most would call a "crappy bar show" (paying my dues, right??) with only a few tables of audience members.

I could EASILY have had the attitude of "oh man, what a shitty turnout, this sucks" and given a half-ass effort because "what's the point? It's only 7 people...". But they would have gotten a shitty show, I would have felt shitty, and ultimately the entire night would have been a shitty waste of time for everyone.

So why would I settle for a total loss? Not to mention the fact that I was being paid--so as a professional, copping out with a half-ass effort was not an option for me. 

Since I first started performing, I made a pact with myself that I would always strive to deliver an A+ performance regardless of the size of the crowd and give whoever showed up my 100%.

You gotta be able to blow away 7 people before you can blow away 7000. Plus, it's not the fault of the 7 people who showed up, that the other 6993 didn't. They showed up, so I make sure I show up too.

Don't let circumstances determine your performance. Always bring your A-game.

If you are always waiting for the perfect audience before your deliver your perfect performance, you will probably never get there. But, if you always give your best performance, sooner or later the audience will be there.

One of the greatest lessons I was ever taught was "Don't be a Thermometer. Be a Thermostat."

You see, thermometers are purely reactionary. All they can do is measure the temperature and report it. The number on a thermometer is entirely dependant on it's circumstances. If it's a hot room, the thermometer reads hot. If it's a cold room, the thermometer reads cold. That's all a thermometer can do. There's never been a smoking hot thermometer in an ice cold room--it just can't happen.

Thermostats on the other hand, are far more powerful. Thermostats don't just measure and report back. Thermostats have the POWER TO  AFFECT CHANGE.  They measure the room, and if the result is not what is needed, they change it. If it's too cold, thermostats 
send a message to the furnace to CRANK UP THE HEAT!

Whether you are a performer or not, understand that you every time you step into a room, you are stepping on a stage and you have the power to affect change in that room with your audience.

In your work, your relationships & your family:

Don't settle for being a thermometer... 

BE A THERMOSTAT & CRANK UP THE HEAT!!!


-Lars

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Man of Many Hats EP3: How to Run on Water & Do Other Amazing Things Too 

"Focus on your goal. Don't look in any direction but ahead."
  -Guy who ran on water.





Some people remember exactly where they were when Neil Armstrong took that small step onto the moon.

Other people can recall precisely what they were doing when they heard the Berlin wall had fallen.


Me? I will always remember where I was when one of my best friends ran across 40 feet of water on top of three wet, slippery, floating tubes connecting two giant water trampolines...

I was right there on the trampoline cheering him on and watching in AWE.

I've known this guy for most of his life, watching him rack up of a ton of incredible accomplishments. He set Track & Field records. He won the Governor General's medal for academics. He graduated from med school and became a doctor. He got married to an Irish beauty in an Irish castle. He became a father to a beautiful little girl, with another on the way. So many great accomplishments but that water run trumps them all in degree of difficulty. 

You see, not everyone has set track & field records. Not everyone has won awards for academics. Not everyone is a medical doctor. And not everyone is lucky enough to marry a beautiful woman in a beautiful castle and have beautiful children. BUT--I'd wager to bet that the list of people who have done all of the above is larger than the list of people who have successfully run across water. 

It was EPIC. I'm still in awe.


You see, it didn't come easy. Throughout the weekend, all who had attempted the feat had failed--HARD. My attempts resulted in a sprained toe, a pounding headache, and a bruised ego. 

Even the victor had failed repeatedly. He racked up so many unsuccessful attempts, to most observers, crossing seemed to be nothing more than an exercise in futility, with a best case scenario outcome of having a clip to upload Tom Bergeron at America's Funniest Videos.

Then it happened...a shift in the wind, an extra ray of sunshine poked through the clouds, and like Mr. Miagi coaching the Karate Kid, we uttered some last words of encouragement, "You got this Jared-son. It's all mental. This has nothing to do with physics, nothing to do with angles, speed, or where to step. It's 100% mental. YOU GOT THIS".

And off he flew---flawlessly to the other side. Straight into VICTORY. Straight into GLORY. Straight into HISTORY.

In a post game interview, the victorious water runner stated, "That was the first time I never looked down. I never looked at the water or where I was stepping. I just focused on the other trampoline and ran."

Sage advice from a champion and great advice for us all:

Forget the pitfalls.
Ignore the obstacles.

FOCUS ON YOUR GOAL AND DON'T STOP RUNNING 'TIL YOU GET THERE. 


So get back on that trampoline of life. Jump around for a while and have some fun, but then get running. Don't look down. Just look at the next trampoline and don't stop until you get there.

Once you're there, take a moment to bask in your glory, jump around some more and have some more fun, but then keep running, don't look down, and just focus on the next trampoline and don't stop 'til you get there!

-Lars

 

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Man of Many Hats EP2: A Day in the Shire (My Role in Lord of The Rings) 

Most of you don't know this, but I had a small (but important) role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy...



Unfortunately Peter Jackson (the director) decided to cut the scene from the movie, stating "this guy is way too big to be a Hobbit".

My agent and I pleaded for him to just shrink me using CGI, but Peter insisted that they were already over budget in the special effects department and the scene was left on the cutting room floor, never to be seen...until now.

It's been several years since the release of the trilogy, but I was finally able to get a hold of my footage from the editors.

My scene begins as I'm frolicking in The Shire, then it takes a turn for the dramatic...


Can you believe they cut that out? While I will always cherish my time in The Shire, I can't help but wonder if I was robbed of my Oscar moment.

But there is no point holding on to regrets or worrying about "what-ifs", because as Gandalf once told me "all you have to decide is what to do with the time given to you".

PLEASE share this post and the video to help me get my own LOTR spinoff movie, "Dude, Where's My Ring?"

See you in The Shire!

-Lars

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Man of Many Hats EP1: SELLING OUT...SOLD!!! 

A lot of comics hate doing commercials. I LOVE THEM.
A lot of comics hate commercial auditions. I LOVE THEM.



They say "The auditions are just cattle calls. I never book the part. It's a waste of my time."
I say "Sure I'll come play in front of a camera and show you my goofy talents! Sounds fun!"

They say "This script isn't funny--there's nothing I can do with this writing. It's a waste of my time".
I say "Let me show you how I'd make this funny with my goofery. Camera rolling?"

They say "I'm not a sellout. This is a waste of my time." (Then they go back to performing 10x a week at unpaid shows & still wonder why they are stuck at their corporate day job and can't pay their bills with their comedic art??)
I say "You want to pay me thousands of dollars for a few hours of doing something I love to do (and have done for free thousands of times...shhhh!) that will allow me to pay my bills with comedy instead of continuing to slug away doing unpaid shows 10x week (for exposure! yay!) while working a soul-sucking (booo!) day job? I'm in! Camera's rolling?"



I have had the fantastic opportunity of being paid to have fun in commercials for brands such as Cineplex, Great Clips, Neutrogena, RushCut, Hartford Insurance and many more (see the reel above for some samples). Every shoot has been a ton of fun with a great production team AND I've been paid well (often with residual royalties still rolling in...Cha-Ching!)

Just last week I shot a commercial for Angie's List and it was one of the most fun days on set I have ever had. The spot started out as just a one-liner for me (nothing too glamorous)---but the director was amazing and kept feeding us additional lines and let us improvise a ton of funny stuff. When it was all over we had shot for two hours and probably had enough footage to fill our own half hour sitcom slot. PLUS as a bonus for all that fun, I'm getting a big fat cheque.

If that's selling out, I'm guilty as charged and ready for the next sale...



"LAUGHS FOR SALE! GET YOUR LAUGHS HEEERE! BIG GOOF SELLING HOT N FRESH LAUGHS HEEEERE!!" 

-Lars

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