By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
Despite preparing for a fifth season of his hit TV show and working on an adaptation of that show for south of the border, comedian Gerry Dee still has time to pop over to Oshawa.
The comedian, best known for playing the titular role on CBC’s Mr. D, will be returning to the city April 22 for a show at the General Motors Centre. The three-date tour will mark the first time Dee has done a show at an arena.
“We’re trying to do the arena, and we’re excited about it,” Dee tells The Oshawa Express. “I wanted to try something different, and this will be the only GTA date that I’ll be doing.”
The Scarborough native says he plans on performing a 90-minute set, longer than the 60-minute headlining slot he would typically do.
“I’m going to do a lot of the new stuff that people wouldn’t have seen. It’s not online, it’s never been done other than working on it in clubs. For the newer fans there, I’ll do some of the more recent stuff and maybe fill in a couple of the older bits. Ninety minutes gives me a lot of time to play around,” Dee says.
Outside of performing standup, Dee is getting ready for the fifth season of his CBC show Mr. D. However, American audiences may soon be getting their own version of the show thanks to a deal Dee signed with American broadcaster CBS.
“I don’t know exactly what the show will look like. It’ll be a version based on our show, but they’ll do their own show and I’ll be one of the executive producers,” he says. “But yeah, it’s exciting. It was certainly a nice nod to our show, to CBC and everyone involved.”
The American deal came about after a friend of Dee’s brought the show to the attention of Will Arnett, another Canadian comedian currently living in Los Angeles and best known for roles on hit shows like Arrested Development and The Millers.
“He reached out to Will, who had seen clips of the show by watching Hockey Night in Canada in LA, so he was familiar with the show, which sort of kept an interest for him. Then we spent the next year trying to work out this deal and getting it sold, which we did,” Dee says, adding a pilot show will be put together for the network in hopes of it getting picked up.
Tickets for Dee’s Oshawa show are now available through the General Motors Centre box office.