Aiming for laughter

Canada's funniest man comes to town

Canadian funny man, Derek Edwards is cracking jokes at the McPherson Playhouse, Sunday, May 8.

Canada’s funniest man comes to town

 

Laugh out loud with Derek Edwards, the comic widely known as the funniest man in Canada.

His “Blunderful Life Tour” is making a stop in Victoria, May 8 at the McPherson Playhouse.

“I like talking about stuff people can relate to. I’ve been married a long time, I’m from a small town — so I’m a bit of a hozer — and I understand the speed and insanity of living in Toronto. People in Victoria can relate to that, I’m sure, if they’ve ever been to Vancouver.”

Edwards will offer at least a 90-minute show with no opener and no intermission. “I don’t want to give people an opportunity to leave early,” he laughs.

“I’m going with comedy, it seems to be my strength,” he says. No kidding — Edwards is the only Canadian to have won the prestigious Invitational Comedy Competition in Vail, Colorado, is a regular at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival and has been nominated for two Gemini Awards.

Last time he visited the city he calls “cutesy,” he saw a sight he will remember always. “I had never seen an eagle before,” he says. “We were driving along these beautiful coastal roads, and there it was, picking french fries out of a KFC snack pack. I expected to be more awestruck at this great symbol of democracy, but I can understand, those fries are tasty.”

Or there was that time on the ferry between Victoria and the Mainland when the captain announced there were whales off the port bow. “When I got out there, there were no whales, only a group of hippies smoking a huge bong.”

Edwards likes to read local papers in advance of the show to give the audience a taste of some local humour — from an outsider’s perspective.

“It’s fun to take what you can from the local news. Night to night, show to show, the show changes — I don’t know about substantially, but maybe … a bit,” he says with a chuckle.

This will be his last show in Victoria for a while, as he’s planning to sequester himself in a remote mountain top cabin to begin writing new material.

“I need to revamp, revitalize and get (the show) all brand spanking again. I used to go to the library, but it can be a little litter-boxy at times.” M

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island man scores viral hit with stop-motion tribute to ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Todd Cameron used vintage Fisher Price toys to create one-minute music video

Langford bartender hosts singalong livestream for seniors

Live Senior Singalong takes place daily at 1 p.m. on Facebook

Victoria dealer sells Batmobile replica at Arizona auction

Tim Quocksister sells Batmobile replica for $165,000 US at auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Cowichan Calligraphers mark 25 years of loving letters

For the past 25 years our group has worked regularly with the public.

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo releases 30-minute instrumental track

‘The Archaeus Cycle’ reflects on life during COVID-19 and the healing capability of music

Greater Victoria performer does ‘lawn tour’ for neighbourhood 7 p.m. shows

Stephanie Greaves started in Oak Bay and can’t keep up with requests

Artist Ali Spence finds freedom to paint in adopted Vancouver Island home

Spence is one of several artists whose work is showing online at DRAW Gallery

Most Read