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Find out how comedian Ian Lynch warms up the MMVA crowd

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Comedian and MuchMusic writer Ian Lynch knows two things really well – stand up comedy and pop culture. And really good hair. Okay, three things.

Last year, Ian scored the best seat in the house at the MMVAs as the official warm up act. Basically, he keeps the thousands of fans who gather in front of Much every year screaming for hours on end. Not a bad gig, right?

We talked to Ian about his best memories from past MMVAs and what he’s looking forward to the most this year.

What do you remember most from warming up the crowd at the 2013 MMVAs?

I had to teach the audience to sing along to the chorus of This Is What It Feel Like by Armin Van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie. I got on stage as they were setting up during commercial break completely confident and then totally forgot all the words. It was mortifying! Luckily, some great audience members sang it into my microphone and taught the rest of us. Trevor Guthrie came up to me afterwards and was like “Are you the guy who forgot my song?” Haha.

What goes into your warm up prep?

I go through the set list, get excited and try to save my energy until the red carpet show starts and then I go nuts.

How is warming up a MMVA crowd different from other crowds?

The energy is electric! It’s a pretty easy gig because the MMVAs are the biggest party of the year and everyone is amped, so I just fan out with everyone else.

How do you deal with nerves before going out to the crowd?

I just remind myself how lucky I am to be working the MMVAs and then make sure I don’t have to pee. Nobody wants to have an accident on stage at the MMVAs.

What does your MMVA weekend look like?

Lots of rehearsals, bonding with co-workers, the big show then a great after party.

What is your most favourite MMVA moment?

The Killers performance All The Things That I’ve Done at the 2005 MMVAs. That performance captured the summer of 2005 perfectly.

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