By Beth d’Aoust
VANCOUVER — Darcy Michael may be racking up film and television credits and relishing the success of his recent comedy album, Family Highs, which shot to #1 on iTunes shortly after its release this past spring, but as we chat on this blustery morning, he’s tidying his office and cleaning his cats’ litter boxes – activities he claims keep him humble. A family man, recently appreciating some downtime at home with his husband and daughter in Ladner after years of non-stop travel to Toronto and L.A. for work, Michael is enjoying a bit of domestic bliss. “I secretly just want to make enough money that I can be a comfortable housewife,” Michael jokes. “Cleaning the litter box and making homemade ginger juice and burning sage, that’s my shit.”
This recent change in pace is only temporary, however, as Michael has been hard at work writing scripts for Darcy — a show in development for CTV, based on Michael and his husband Jeremy’s experiences as a gay couple raising their daughter in a small town. “The way I sold the show originally was I wanted to make a gay Roseanne,” laughs Michael. “Because, you know, it’s about a blue collar, kind of not rich family making ends meet. And that’s kind of how Jer and Grace and I started.” It’s no surprise that Michael has gravitated toward this fresh take on a familiar premise, given his description of his own upbringing in a loving, unpretentious household in small town Ontario. “My parents definitely shaped who I am as a comedian. And my whole family. Most of the memories that I still have from being a kid are of us laughing or doing something stupid. […] Food fights are still a big thing in our family […] Handful of spaghetti across the room? Let’s dance!”
Considering the marital bliss Michael has enjoyed for over a decade here in Canada, we couldn’t help but digress to the topic of recent political affairs south of the border. As an artist considerably invested in politics and social justice, Michael is a tad deflated. “It’s a nightmare. I guess we all now know how racists felt when Obama got elected.” Determined to look for a positive, however, he adds that “repression breeds art. Fear breeds art. The silver lining is that we’re going to create some amazing protest art over the next four years.” And we look forward to the birth of Michael’s particularly irreverent breed of protest art in years to come.
It’s been a while since Michael’s schedule has allowed him to perform in his home clubs, so he looks forward to reuniting with long time friend and fellow comedian, Ivan Decker, for their upcoming New Year’s Eve show. “Ivan’s my comedy brother, we started together. Well…” quips Michael, “I’d prefer if we were comedy boyfriends, but he’s pretty dead set on staying straight.” To experience Michael’s unapologetic sass and good-natured ribbing of fellow comedians in person, head down to The Comedy Mix on New Year’s Eve.
Darcy Michael headlines The Comedy Mix December 29-30. On December 31, Darcy performs in a Triple Header with Ivan Decker, Chris James and host, Kevin Banner.
Visit http://www.thecomedymix.com/ for tickets.
Cutline: Michael does it for the love of good-natured ribbing, handfuls of spaghetti, and high quality protest art.BC, British Columbia, Comedy Mix, Darcy Michael, stand-up comedy