Urkel com­ing to Comic Con

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN LAW NI­A­GARA FALLS RE­VIEW

One of TV’s most iconic nerds makes his first Cana­dian comic con­ven­tion ap­pear­ance in Ni­a­gara Falls this June.

Jaleel White, who played the sus­penders-wear­ingSteve Urke lon Fam­ily Mat­ters for nine sea­sons (1989 to 1997), will ap­pear at this year’s Ni­a­gara Falls Comic Con for one day only.

For co-founder Chris Dabrowski, get­ting the ‘90s star has been in the works for awhile.

“We’ve been try­ing to se­cure Jaleel White as a celebrity guest since 2013,” he said. “Fi­nally, we suc­ceeded. His film­ing sched­ule has al­ways con­flicted with our show dates, un­til this year.

“It’s his first Cana­dian ap- pear­ance, which I think we can at­tribute to our outof-the-box guest ideas.”

White, 41, was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be do a one-time ap­pear­ance on Fam­ily Mat­ters. But his char­ac­ter, an awk­ward geek with flood pants and a high-pitched voice, was an in­stant hit and he was part of the main cast by Sea­son Two. By then, the show had shifted fo­cus away from po­lice of­fi­cer Carl Winslow to make Urkel and his fa­mil­iar catch phrase “Did I do that?” the fo­cus of the show.

Since the show ended, White has starred in UPN’s Grown Ups and web se­ries Road to the Al­tar, voiced the char­ac­ter Sonic the Hedge­hog, and ap­peared in cheeky films like Mega Shark vs. Cro­cosaurus.

White will at­tend the Ni­a­gara Falls Comic Con on June 3.

Other celebrity guests for the June 1 to 3 so far in­clude Michael Rooker, Michael Biehn, Jonathan Frakes and Dawn Wells. Re­turn­ing to the show will be wrestling great Ric Flair and Lois & Clark star Dean Cain.

Dabrowski says he’s still await­ing word on some other names, “but their cur­rent film­ing sched­ules are still up in the air.


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