Best Canadian comic nominee Darrin Rose performs his solo show Chasing Manhood this Friday, April 13, at U of T’s Innis Town Hall. Read on to find out more about this Toronto-based entertainer.
Theatromania: Tell us about Chasing Manhood. What can people expect from this show?
DR: The show is about me growing up as a nerd in an all-male household. I didn’t fit in. My brother is an ironworker and my dad has very particular ideas about what it is to be a man, like “punch first” and “don’t drink from a straw.” It’s my story of growing up with guys who know how to reshingle a roof, while I spent my time drawing schematics for my anti-gravity boots. Which still don’t work, by the way.
DR: Well, in both of those shows my personality is still me. But on Mr. D the comedy
is mostly written by the writing staff. On Video On Trial I write all my own material. My stand-up show is much more personal, and much more punchline driven. Plus I talk a fair bit about Batman, which those other shows don’t let me do.
Theatromania: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
DR: I say “give your head a shake” a lot, which is something my dad says, so I feel it
makes me sound like a 65 year old man. I also really like the words “evidently” and “booyaka,” which are at opposite ends of the pretentiousness scale.
Theatromania: What makes you laugh?
DR: Unwarranted confidence is funny, but not nearly as funny as someone falling down.
That always gets me.
Theatromania: If you could work with any comedian who would it be?
DR: Bill Cosby. He’s the master! I like long form jokes that come back around at the
Theatromania: What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects?
After this tour, I’ll do some work for Just For Laughs. After that, hopefully we’ll be
doing season two of Mr. D!
Catch Darrin Rose at Innis Town Hall on Friday April 13 at 8pm. Click here to buy tickets.