The Canada-wide Taggart and Torens Comedy and Canadianity tour was a hit on its stop at the Gateway Restaurant and Bar in Calgary.
“The show exceeded my expectations, and it was hilarious,” audience member Chase Kostelny said of the Nov. 19 event. “Both guys are laid back, respectful and took the time to meet everyone and take pictures with fans no matter how long it took. They did more than most celebrities will do for their fans.”
Jeremy Taggart, formerly of the band Our Lady Peace, and Jonathan Torrens, who is most well-known as the character “J-Roc” on the show Trailer Park Boys, are behind the hit podcast, Taggart and Torrens.
“We both started on our paths as teenagers while [Taggart] was in a rock band playing stadiums and I was travelling with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,” Torrens said in a post-show interview.
The podcast began out of a desire to try something different. Working in television much of his life, Torrens wanted to make something that had more of an immediate impact, rather than a TV show filmed and released months later for fans to watch in only a day.
The show exceeded my expectations, and it was hilarious. – audience member Chase Kostelny
The pair’s live show was just like their podcast – full of jokes, Canadian references, games and Taggart’s “Tales from the Road,” in which he tells raunchy stories from his world tours.
Canadianity has no definition, but is rather a loosely based concept. “I didn’t even realize the magnitude of the concept of “Canadianity” until we asked our listeners to define it,” Torrens said.
“It was everything from the macro, like being nice, to the micro – your beer league goalie comes in three minutes before you take the ice. Even paying for the Tim Hortons for the car behind you in the drive through.”
One of their more popular games is “Hit the Post,” in which one of the two talks until the lyrics of a song start. Taggart tried to hit the post for the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC, but ended up talking over the first few seconds of the song, thus losing the game.
Along with their games and jokes, Taggart and Torrens had former Calgary Flames forward Theo Fleury as a guest. Fleury spoke about his experiences in the NHL and his battles in life.
“We’re very interested in making something that people like and we realize that people want honesty and integrity,” Taggart said. “We’re just trying to focus on content and trying to keep it fun and entertaining for the both of us. It’s really just a conversation between the two of us.”
The duo is approaching a million downloads on iTunes. For more information, download links and tickets to their live show, you can visit their website here.