Mr D. is A+
Jan 16, 2014
When we first heard that The Real Mr. D. Comedy Tour was coming to Grande Prairie, we couldn’t help but wonder what a teacher was doing running the comedy gamut. As it turns out, Mr. D. is short for Gerry Dee and, although he is no longer a school teacher, he plays one on TV in the hit sitcom Mr. D.
Currently starting its 3rd season in February, the CBC show which Gerry himself writes and created, is based on his real-life experiences as a high school physical education teacher prior to becoming a full-time comedian. Although Gerry had comedy specials on TV and his own segment on The Score entitled “Gerry Dee: Sports Reporter”, he wasn't sure how well his foray into the sitcom genre was going to be received. We’d say, given that the that the show has been nominated for “Best Comedy Series” at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, it’s working out for him.
In addition to the 2014 nomination, Gerry Dee has a long list of comedic accomplishments, including a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for “Best Performance By An Actor In A Continuing Comedic Role” and a 2008 Canadian Comedy Award in the “Best Male Stand-Up” category. However, he is best known for his appearance on Season 5 of NBC's “Last Comic Standing” where he finished third - the highest finish by a Canadian in the history of the show.
When Gerry Dee walks onto the stage at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre this Saturday, you can expect to be entertained by Gerry’s humorous accounts of married life, kids and the joys (or perils) of being a school teacher. Gerry's comedy is something that anybody who has kids or remembers being a kid can relate to. It will bring you back to your school days, leaving you shaking your head with laughter. Although Gerry's TV show is for a G rated audience, his comedy tour is definitely PG so you might want to leave the kids at home for this one. That being said, Gerry Dee's humour is mature; you won't find it crass or bordering on offensive like so many other comedic acts which is refreshing.
Whether you have watched him as Mr D. or are new to his particular brand of comedy, this Saturday GPRC’s Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre will definitely be the place to be.