As he was recently getting ready for a tour of the Maritimes, comedian Derek Edwards was asked about his new show, which will be presented in Liverpool tonight (Oct. 30) at the Astor Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Liverpool is one of 11 stops on the tour, which got underway on Oct. 23 in Mabou and will wrap up Nov. 4 in Saint John.
Edwards was doing a phone interview from his home in Toronto when he was queried about his latest offering, which is titled So Here’s the Thing ...
“It’s on a giant sheet of bristle board right now,” he said. “I’ve got arrows and circles, this should lead into this ... I want to keep it as topical as I can without getting dark on things. I want it to be goofy, a fun night, therapeutic for everybody.”
For the upcoming show, you can be sure Edwards will offer a quirky perspective on what’s going on in the world.
While part of him might like to get away from all the headlines – particularly the political craziness in the U.S. – he said he’s found there’s a void of sorts when he does get away from it.
“I went to a cabin ... for a week,” he said. “It’s like you miss it, you know?”
A Just for Laughs veteran, Edwards said he keeps pretty busy.
“It picks up in the fall,” he said. “I just worked a charity thing out in Windsor (Ontario), which is about four-and-a-half hours from the east end of Toronto, so I got in late last night. If I sound a little off, that’s a lack of sleep. Please forgive me.”
He sounded fine.
Once described by Rick Mercer as the “funniest man in Canada,” Edwards has been doing comedy for three decades or so.
“I’m starting to get the hang of it,” he said.
Originally from Timmins, Ont., Edwards has, over the years, covered myriad topics in his standup routine, from shaving to banking to owning a dog – among many others – offering a unique comedic take on all of them.
“I’ve turned the corner on 62,” he said. “I’ve moseyed around that bend.”
In addition to the Liverpool show, Edwards will perform in Halifax on Nov 1.
For ticket information on the Liverpool show, contact the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250 or visit www.shantero.com. Tickets for the Liverpool show are $49.
– With files from Eric Bourque, Tri-County Vanguard