Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar Dee

Television’s Mr. D comes to the Brockville Arts Cen­tre

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS - RON­ALD ZAJAC Rza­jac@post­media.com

Lo­cals may know him best as Mr. D, but there’s more to Gerry Dee than the un­der­qual­i­fied school­teacher from the CBC sit­com of the same name.

De­scribed as one of Canada’s busiest comedic tal­ents, Gerry Dee brings his standup act to the Brockville Arts Cen­tre Fri­day night.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent,” Dee said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Toronto.

“This is me, my real life,” he added. “This is what I started as.” While there will be “a few teacher sto­ries,” the ma­te­rial will also in­clude the sub­jects more fa­mil­iar to Dee’s standup au­di­ences, in­clud­ing plenty about his fam­ily situation.

“It’s kind of clean with a bit of an edge,” he said.

Dee was in­spired by his ca­reer as a high school teacher for the hit CBC sit­com, now in its sev­enth sea­son.

Be­fore that, he fol­lowed the tra­di­tional path, from standup to com­mer­cials to television and a show based on his own ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The pin­na­cle isn’t get­ting on a show; the pin­na­cle is cre­at­ing a show,” he said.

Hav­ing reached that pin­na­cle, how­ever, Dee is not cer­tain if Mr. D will have an eighth sea­son.

“It’s not some­thing I want to rush into,” he said, not­ing the sev­enth sea­son fi­nale airs Tues­day night.

He has worked hard to pre­serve the cre­ative in­tegrity of Mr. D, but cre­at­ing a new show might be a more in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge.

Mean­while, his standup ca­reer is still go­ing, and while they’re both about mak­ing peo­ple laugh, live com­edy and television are very dif­fer­ent.

He’s fre­quently asked which of the two he prefers, but no an­swer is forth­com­ing.

“Right now I love do­ing both,” he said.

Dee has per­formed in Brockville be­fore and he al­ways en­joys play­ing in theatres.

“The sound is very dif­fer­ent from a club and the en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fer­ent,” he said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Co­me­dian Gerry Dee per­forms at the Brockville Arts Cen­tre on Fri­day night.

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