Derek was born in Calgary, Alberta, on April 26 back in 1973. This means he is now 28. Derek is the most open of the group. He is happy to share things about himself with just about anyone. This was demonstrated by the openess he shared while being in Cops on Heat at the 2001 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is also demonstrated by the fact he was the first to reply to the interviews (which were all sent at the same time), and the first to help with info for this page. Derek is also the 'cute' one, cute like a little boy, as he is the shortest, standing at a height of approximately 5 foot 4, and cute because of those bunny ears he likes to wear too.
Derek has had many wild and crazy hairstyles in his time also - from dread locks in 1995 to bleached blond hair in 2000. The above photo is what it was like in April 2001, his natural hair!
Derek got into comedy in the first place because he "couldn't do anything else". If he wasn't performing comedy for a living, he'd probably be in advertising. Apart from being a member of the 3 Canadians, he has been performing with the Loose Moose for many years. In 2000, some of these guys came down to Australia to show their stuff, and so, Derek performed along with the other Canadians Eric Amber, Ryan Belleville, Ken Gardener, and Dave Lawerence in "LOOSEMOOSE". It could be seen at the Athenaeum Theatre at 7pm during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
"LOOSEMOOSE" is not the only comedy project Derek has been on with fellow member of the 3 Canadians Eric Amber. Since they were in Melbourne for the 2000 Comedy Festival anyway, they also brought their "Hot Nuts and Popcorn Variety Hour" show. This show was set up as sort of a talk show, and was mainly improvised using guest comedians from the festival. This show first made an appearance at the Loose Moose's Garry Theatre in Calgary, Canada in 1999.
After the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2000, Eric and Derek headed back to Canada. In October and November of 2000, these two, along with other improvisers Ryan Gladstone, Ken Gardener, and Matthew Kennedy, performed in a season of an improvised Macbeth. Derek played Lady Macbeth while Eric was Macbeth.
On June 17th, 1999, Derek, along with Eric, appeared on Calgary's "Fast Forward" magazine to promote "Eric and Derek's Hot Nuts and Popcorn Variety Hour". Click here to see a picture and find a link to the related article.
Other appearances Derek has made with Eric, without North, include performances at Southgate for the Big Laugh Out at the 2000 Melbourne Comedy Festival, hosting the Cabaret Night "Spinning Wheel" and singing Brian Adams' "Summer of '69" at the Festival Club, both at the 2001 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Both of these 2001 performances were actually seen twice. Then there's also the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala from 1995. Eric and Derek improvised using Derek's favourite improv game on national television.
Derek has also performed with North, without Eric. "Eric is the only one of us who has ever missed a gig" Derek said, as Eric was supposed to show up for Comedy Central on the 15th of April 2001. He was then contemplating skipping the final performance of "Space Monkeys" just to show Eric what it was like. On this date, Derek and North played Derek's favourite improv game.
And without performing with either of the other members of the 3 Canadians, Derek also performed with Dennis Cahill and Shawn Kinley in "A Chrismoose Carol" at the Loose Moose Theatre just before Christmas in 2000. This show was a parody of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (if you couldn't get the pun) whereby the three improvisers proceeded to act out every character in the play. Derek and Dennis auditioned at the start of the show so the audience could choose who got to play who.
Since moving to Toronto mid-2001, Derek has taken up stand up. He performs around the largest comedy city in Canada as a Mexican Wrestler with usually only a couple of days notice.
Derek has also been in a Canadian film called waydowntown where he played Paul, the confused flower delivery man.
Derek hates wearing sandles, and he's a very active person. He loves to swim and ride his bicycle. He's also a keen dancer and will do just about anything for the fun of it. He lives his life to have no regrets.
Derek's list of favourites:
(some of these are quotes from him, obvious by the quotation marks)
Moment on Stage: "not one moment just a series of moments when you look at the guys who you're working with and it clicks"
Improv game: telling a story one-word-at-a-time
Comedian/Comedy Act: The Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello
Movie: The Princess Bride, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Star Wars
TV show: it has and will always be M*A*S*H
Music: "cheap, cheesy instrumental lounge, and gypsy/world beat"
Song: anything by gypsies
Band: The Weddings, Parties, Anything
Singer: Beck, Mick Thomas, and any gypsy
Food: "if I was given a last meal it would probably be a rack of baby back ribs-probably a sweet & sour kind of sauce, and kraft maccaroni & cheese"
Drink: a cool Bombay Sapphire & tonic
Colour: deep reds and purples
Pass Time: watching TV
Subject in school: "drama-of course"
City: Melbourne, Prauge, and Galway
Country: "very intrigued by both Iceland and Mongolia although I have never been-so I guess it would have to be Guatemala"
Hour of the day: anything after 4pm
Day of the week: "Wednesday-because it's in the middle"
Day of the year: "anyday where not much really happens"
Holiday: "halloween-because of the candy"
Quote: "If I could taste but a sip of the answer I might be free from this prison of drunks" - Rumi
Sexual Position: "just sex in general is my favourite position-but head jobs blow me away-don't pardon the pun"