Urkel coming to Comic Con
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.