Comedian Gerry Dee has been at it for close to two decades, but he hasn’t always heard laughs – Hamilton |

Scarborough, said Gerry Dee, born in Ontario 900 Good morning Hamilton by CHML his first open mic night at a Yuk Yuk comedy club in the late 1990s was “the worst bombshell imaginable” in the midst of a musical number.

“They forgot to play the (musical) tape and I was sweating,” Dee recalled.

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“It’s been five minutes. It felt like an hour. It was terrible.”

Dee said it was his competitive nature that brought him back to the stage, concluding that the debacle couldn’t be the end of his journey.

“This can’t be how it ends,” Dee said.

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“As if at least I should have some remote laughter. I have to get something out of all this. “

The former physical education teacher and hockey coach went into the moonlight as a comedian, keeping his day job and working in clubs sometimes for free, eventually landing a consistent concert on the weekend and winning the Funniest New Comic contest. Toronto in 1999.

“You always strive to improve. My third set when I started, I just had a laugh, ”Dee said.

“I once made a couple hundred people laugh in a room about something … that feeling was what made me come back for sure.”

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His success would make him run the The last comic standinghis comedian special on The Comedy Network and in 2006 a part in Trailer Park Boys movie.

After winning a 2008 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up, Dee landed the starring role on the CBC sitcom. Mr. D in 2012 before securing his last permanent concert, host of Family Feud Canada in 2019.

The game show host will take the stage at the First Ontario concert hall for his’ Halo. On a Stage ”show on Thursday evening. Tickets are still available for online purchase.

He says the engagement will be an updated version of his traditional stand-up mixed with some “new stuff”.

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Dee, married and father of three, shared screen time on his sitcom with his two daughters Alyce and Faith who have had recurring roles on the show as Amanda-Susan and Faith.

His son, Breton, appeared once in the series finale.

Despite that, Dee says he’s not really sure if his youngest really knows what he does for a living.

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“I don’t even know if my son knows what I do,” Dee said.

“She’s nine and I walk out the door and say ‘I’m going to work.’ He couldn’t care less. “

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