Gerry funny

Canadian stand-up Gerry Dee will be jetting over to perform at the three-day Comedy Convention later this month, but first he has to get through our set of convention questions

By David Light

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2009, 10:41 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:57 PM

GERRY DEE GREW up in Toronto but now splits his time between living in Los Angeles and his hometown. Not going straight into comedy after school, Gerry took a rather different path and spent ten years as a high school physical education teacher before making the switch to full time comedy in 2003.

In 1999, he won Toronto’s Funniest New Comic competition and later taped his own half hour Comedy Now Special on CTV and The Comedy Network in 2001. He has attended a variety of comedy festivals, namely The US HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival where he made his CBC Gala appearance in July 2004 and again in 2007. He recently performed in Scotland and South Africa.

In 2002, he was the first Canadian in 27 years to win the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Former comics who got their start in this competition include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Ellen Degeneres to name a few.

The following year he made his US network debut when he performed on CBS’ Star Search with Arsenio Hall. Just twelve months after that he appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn as well as on The Mike Bullard Show.

In April 2006, Gerry appeared in the CBC mini-series Canada Russia 72 where he played the role of Boston Bruin great Wayne Cashman. In the summer of 2006, he played “Donny” in the much anticipated Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. Gerry most recently won Best Comic in Canada at the 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards.

How does it feel to be performing in Dubai? Have you been here before? What have you heard about the place?

I have performed there before. I couldn’t believe how many buildings there were for one highway!

How would you describe your act to those that haven’t seen it?

I talk a lot about being a former schoolteacher and I am a cleaner comic.

Does it travel well outside your home country?

It seems to.

What sort of set will you put on here? Will it be a greatest hits or some new material you are working on?

A little bit of both.

Why did you get into stand-up? What is it about the job that you love?

I love the instant reward of making strangers laugh.

What is your favourite joke?

My Bruno joke.

Who do you admire in the business and why? Who were your inspirations?

I admired a Canadian named John Candy who passed away very early in his career.

What did your family think when you told them you were going into comedy?

I was a high school teacher for a long time. My family thought I was nuts to leave teaching to pursue comedy.

You’ve had many spots on TV shows. What has been your favourite appearance to date and why?

I was in a Canadian movie called Trailer Park Boys, which was one of the biggest successes on Canadian television.

What TV/ Film work do you have in the pipeline?

My own sitcom in Canada.

Which do you prefer to work on; films, TV or the stage? Which gives you the biggest thrill?

I like them all.

What has been the proudest/ most exciting moment of your career to date?

Coming third on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Are there any crowds you perform in front of that scare you?

Old people. Old people are never easy for me.

Can you sum yourself up in three words?

Older, fatter, wiser.

If you were stuck on a desert island with just one other person who would you like it to be?

My daughter.

What advice do you have for people trying to make it in the stand-up world?

Get another job on the side. It may well be the only job that makes you any money.

What are your expectations for the show in Dubai and the comedy convention?

A great show and a great time.

Event details

What: Comedy Convention

Where: Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai

When: April 22- April 24, 8pm-11pm

Cost: Dhs 150, 250 and 550 each night

Tickets: available online through, and

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