Derek Ed­wards just wants to make Peterborou­gh laugh

Vet­eran standup co­me­dian per­forms at Show­place on Nov. 23

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Get­ting a spon­ta­neous laugh from a sub­dued au­di­ence mem­ber is what keeps Derek Ed­wards tick­ing.

After three decades in the standup com­edy busi­ness, Ed­wards con­sid­ers that to be part of the “built-in sat­is­fac­tion” of the job.

“I’m just look­ing for cheap chuck­les and a sore gut when you leave,” said Ed­wards.

The vet­eran co­me­dian is per­form­ing at Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre on Nov. 23.

The stop is one of many on his So Here’s the Thing tour.

Dur­ing the 90-minute show, Ed­wards talks about au­thor­ity fig­ures, such as po­lice, politi­cians and his dear wife.

“That’s an au­thor­ity fig­ure to me,” Ed­wards said of his spouse, Dawn.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cer­tainly won’t get away scot­free ei­ther.

“It seems al­most like you’re not deal­ing with the world if you don’t make some pass­ing com­ment about that un­hinged mon­key,” Ed­wards said.

Hav­ing re­cently wrapped up a fed­eral elec­tion in Canada, Ed­wards said he’d be re­miss if he didn’t “throw some stones” to the south, con­sid­er­ing who’s run­ning the coun­try.

“It’s good to look back with sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity at our south­ern cousins, which we’ve al­ways kind of had to look up to before now.”

The vet­eran co­me­dian keeps his ma­te­rial fresh by in­cor­po­rat­ing “im­me­di­ate ex­pe­ri­ences” that he’s en­coun­tered on the road.

He also tries to some­what tai­lor his shows to each com­mu­nity, say­ing he scours lo­cal papers for fod­der.

“It does me well to in­ves­ti­gate,” said Ed­wards, 61.

The Tim­mins na­tive has achieved many ac­co­lades over this 30-year ca­reer.

Th­ese in­clude be­ing the win­ner of best standup comic by the Cana­dian Com­edy Awards and earn­ing two Gemini Award nods for best per­for­mance in a com­edy.

He’s also the only Cana­dian to win the pres­ti­gious Vail In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Com­pe­ti­tion.

Ed­wards said his shows tend to draw a mix of fol­low­ers and new fans, with par­ents of­ten bring­ing their older chil­dren out.

“It’s like a weird switch­ing of gears, chang­ing gen­er­a­tions.”

At the end of the day, though, Ed­wards said he feels most ful­filled when he hears that his work was able to turn some­one’s day around.

After a re­cent show in Syd­ney, N.S., an au­di­ence mem­ber ap­proached Ed­wards out­side the venue.

The man told Ed­wards he was sleep­ing in his of­fice after split­ting with his wife and the laugh­ter was just what he needed.

“How fan­tas­tic do you think I feel after the guy said that?” Ed­wards said.

“It’s worth it right there.” NOTE: Tick­ets to Derek Ed­wards’ show, So Here’s the Thing, are $48 and are avail­able on­line at www.show­place.org

SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

Derek Ed­wards talks about au­thor­ity fig­ures, like his wife, in his show.

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