Laugh tracks: In con­ver­sa­tion with K. Trevor Wil­son

Let­terkenny star releases fan­tas­tic new al­bum

Midtown Post - - Arts - by Mark Bres­lin

Toronto comic K. Trevor Wil­son, of hit TV comedy Let­terkenny, is set to re­lease his sopho­more al­bum, Sorry! A Cana­dian Al­bum. Last month, we sat down to dis­cuss his work. Here is an ex­cerpt from our full con­ver­sa­tion that will be avail­able soon at Postc­

Comedy al­bums are hot again.

I grew up on cas­settes. To me the early in­tro­duc­tion to comedy was on long car rides. We’d go on a car ride, and my dad would fire one in the tape deck, and I’d lis­ten to Ge­orge Car­lin, Robin Wil­liams, Stephen Wright and a lot of Bill Cosby.… So many co­me­di­ans grew up lis­ten­ing to him, and you’re almost em­bar­rassed to tell peo­ple what an in­flu­ence he was on your ca­reer. But I still tell young comics that, if you want to learn to tell a good story, lis­ten to a Bill Cosby al­bum.

And where are you from?

Toronto, born and raised. I was born at Mount Si­nai and grew up in Eto­bi­coke on the Kingsway. I’ve lived in a bunch of dif­fer­ent spots in the city, and for the first time, I’m an east en­der.

Most peo­ple would think you’re from a small town, some­where in the bush maybe?

Even be­fore Let­terkenny, a lot of peo­ple thought I was a small­town comic based on my look and based on my sub­ject matter a lot of the time. But, no, I grew up in the city, and I went to a per­form­ing arts high school and mi­nored in mu­si­cal theatre.

And you went to Hum­ber Comedy School?

Yes, I took the comedy writ­ing and per­for­mance course. I was in the first two-year class, with, I think, my class had the low­est grad­u­a­tion rate. But still it prob­a­bly has the most peo­ple in the busi­ness from it. The Sketch­er­sons grew out of my year. Bob Kerr who writes for

This Hour [Has 22 Min­utes] came out of my year. Nikki Payne, Gil­son Lubin, Michelle Shaugh­nessy. It was a great group to come up with.

Cer­tainly there is a theme to the al­bum, and that theme is Cana­dian-ness. How did that come about?

It all came over time. As you go in this busi­ness, you travel around to dif­fer­ent places and start col­lect­ing th­ese sto­ries that you bring the next time you go back there so you can let the au­di­ence know you’re not a to­tal out­sider, you’re fa­mil­iar with their life and what they do, and you can form a bond through that. And over the years, I’d built enough of th­ese travel sto­ries up that we could just do a whole al­bum of travel within Canada, of all the places I’ve been and the dif­fer­ent at­ti­tudes. You al­ways say, you mock who you love. And I love Canada.

Tell me about Let­terkenny.

Let­terkenny came along at a won­der­ful time. Things were go­ing very well with standup, but there was still some­thing missing as far as no­to­ri­ety, and I wasn’t sat­is­fy­ing that act­ing bug any more. I’d been very fo­cused on standup for a long time. And it was some­thing I was a fan of. I re­ally en­joyed the web shorts. I thought they were unique and showed a re­ally hu­mor­ous side of Canada that Cana­di­ans would get but would also trans­late. So when I saw it [ Let­terkenny] was be­ing turned into a se­ries, and I had the op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion for it, I was very ex­cited.

You gotta tell me about the Kim­mel shot — on Jimmy Kim­mel Live!.

That was a lot of fun.… It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Jimmy is a class act, a very nice guy. He came out and talked to me be­fore the show and af­ter. And ac­tu­ally, af­ter the show, he asked Don Bar­ris to take me to the Comedy Store and in­tro­duce me around, which was very nice of him.

K. Trevor Wil­son (left) and Mark Bres­lin dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view at YukYuk’s in Toronto

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