Travis Lindsay is taking off

On the eve of his big Yuk Yuk’s gig, the comic talks confidence and public bathrooms.

Travis Lindsay is taking off
Daniel Dominic
“I love the suddenness of standup,” says local jokester Lindsay, who’ll be a rare hometown headlining act at the comedy chain Yuk Yuk’s this weekend.

Travis Lindsay
Thu Sep 26, Sat Sep 28
Yuk Yuk's, 1181 Hollis Street, 8pm

Travis Lindsay is headlining this weekend at Yuk Yuk's. But, before he takes the stage, the 27-year-old observational storyteller from Lower Sackville opens up about being self-conscious and superstitious.

The Coast: "You're headlining at Yuk Yuk's—that's unusual for a local. Are you excited?"

Travis Lindsay: "Yeah, I am. It's my first opportunity to headline a weekend at the club. It's one of the few things left on my bucket list of living here and performing comedy. It's one of the things I haven't been able to do yet. So, yeah. I'm pretty excited for that." 

TC: "You've been doing stand up comedy for years. You've had success. You've won tons of awards. But what really keeps you going?"

TL: "Onstage is where I'm most comfortable—it's where I feel the most like myself. I've always been offstage a fairly shy person. Like right now—phone calls scare the hell out of me. Just 'cause you can't really see people's reactions. I like the suddenness of stand up. Once you're up there, you're up there. I've always found it very peaceful when I'm onstage. When I'm off, I'm a lot more in my own head and always wondering what other people are thinking of me. I'm more self-conscious when I'm offstage—by far."

TC: "Where is your favourite public bathroom? Bonus points if it's in Halifax." 

TL: "Actually at the Westin where Yuk Yuk's is. It's not for any reason other than superstition. I use the same stall before every show—just to get my head right more than anything. I do have a weird thing with public restrooms where I don't actually go in public. You gotta pee—you gotta pee. But I don't use a public washroom for anything else."

This interview has been edited for clarity.

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