A Guest Post By Tyler Dombroski Nigel Grinstead is climbing fast in the world of comedy. His cocky demeanor is countered by a modest charm, which easily equates to being the life of the party. Taking the simplicity of life, Grinstead shares his own funny take on it all as a player of words with a unique physical element to his act. It's no wonder he's nominated for the 2013 Cream of Comedy award after only two years on the scene. With a variety of influences, Grinstead leans on personal favorites such as Bill Burr, Todd Barry, Pete Holmes and oddly enough, Leslie Nielsen. When asking about his motivating force behind his comedy, Nigel replies in a way that I have only heard in the response of some of the most well-seasoned players: "My motivation comes from the nature of the art. The first time I performed I did it drunk in front of a bunch of people. I did 15 minutes of rambling to blank stares. I hated it and loved it at the same time. And doing stand-up is all about striving to be better than you were before. So every time you fail it just generates more drive to succeed. There's no way out!" The Toronto resident is super stoked to be in the final round of the Cream of Comedy 2013 competition, and as much as all the contestants want that big prize at the end of the rainbow, he seems quite content with just basking in the experience. "I'm glad to be nominated and make it to the finals, either way I get to see some reward and recognition for the work I put in (thus far)." It has to be asked with this year winding down, what this fast rising comedian plans to do moving forward: "This year has been a year of exponential growth for me, so now that I can feel some sort of wave forming, I want to make sure I buckle down and get myself well-equipped to ride it and hopefully continue with upward momentum." And lastly, the question we all want to ask Nigel Grinstead: “If you were to have an arch enemy Nigel, how would THEY sum you up in one sentence?” "Man, that kid is terrible at ending interviews." Word.