By Victoria Banner
VANCOUVER — Darcy Michael is a recognizable face in Vancouver despite residing (hiding?) in the quiet town of Ladner, B.C. If you haven’t seen him headlining The Comedy Mix, you may have seen him in the much hyped but (short lived) TV series Spun Out or heard him on The Debaters. He might be from a small town but he manages to maintain a successful comedy career.
Worry not about the fate of Michael’s TV career, the man is so undeniable that even though he chooses to shy from the big city, CTV has hunted him down in his hometown and given him the comedy golden ticket—a green light for a self-titled sitcom called Darcy. The show will a be sitcom based off Michael’s home life, but Married With Children it won’t be. Technically Michael and his husband are married and have a 17 year old daughter, but his drug friendly west coast politics make it much less of the white-picket-nightmare the words “family sitcom” evoke.
No stranger to doing all the things comedy-wise, Michael has a recording coming up for an album titled Family Highs at the Comedy Mix on April 9th. The deadly combination of actor who does stand-up and or stand-up who can act, Michael already has a stand-up TV special under his belt. It’s that beautiful passion for comedy rather than stardom that has created such a hot act.
“I remember when we were taping my stand-up special in Toronto I asked the producers if me and another comedian could split the hotel room so we could double our stay and watch all the other fantastic acts taping their specials that week.” That there is hardcore dedication to the craft.
Stand-up comedians often have a difficult time balancing a successful career and a desirable home-life, when asked how he does it, Michael responded with “I’m really grateful for what I have going on at home.”
During the time of the interview Michael was out smoking and walking his dog around his neighbourhood. A very mellow down to earth guy, Michael told a story of someone genuinely thankful for the things they have in their life. “Sally Field [his newly adopted basset hound] is afraid of everything and all the problems you get in a rescue dog…but have you SEEN basset hounds? I love her so much.” Very rarely does a comedian on the telephone have that kind of unfiltered joy.
That joy might just be what empowers his success, and makes him that much more compelling a comic. The small town might be what inspires that sense. It’s worth seeing how this mixture of joy and West Coast political sensibilities translates onstage. If he’s gonna drag himself out of Ladner, you should probably take some time out of your week to see him.
Darcy Michael performs at the Comedy Mix on April 7-9.BC, British Columbia, Comedy Mix, Darcy Michael, stand-up comedy