By Tanis Lischewski
VANCOUVER – Canadian comedian Harland Williams is also an artist, director, and actor who has appeared in more than 15 films. He has even written and illustrated several books, including the Lickety Split series. From his first role as a state trooper on Dumb & Dumber in 1994, to his latest role in Puppy Dog Pals as Bob, he has been around the block. This year, though, he hopes to finish writing the sci-fi novel that he’s been working on as a side project. “Writing a book is tough business; it takes a lot of will and mental power,” he says.
Sometimes being in the spotlight isn’t always that easy—it can even be slightly problematic at times. When asked about some of the more bizarre fan interactions he’s had, he said that fans have tried to hurt themselves, they’ve threatened him, and they’ve even gotten arrested for abusing their partners at the shows. But despite some of the downfalls of being in the spotlight, there comes a time in one’s career where you are able to just go a little bit crazy and have a lot of fun.
“One of the funniest things to happen to me recently was probably when I was digging into my computer and found a scene from a movie I directed called Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face, and the scene is called ‘The Valley of the Dolls.’ The other actors and I are driving a pickup truck through the desert. I had bought about 80 of these three-foot-tall dolls and then I planted them in the sand. We basically drive through the valley of the dolls, and they try and attack the truck. So we put on boxing gloves and just punched the shit out of them.”
When Williams isn’t busy being hard at work making people laugh, you can find him skipping down streets on the search for daisies. You may even find him going through farmers’ markets in search of that perfect new piece to add to his wonderful taxidermy collection. One place where you will definitely find him twice a week is on his podcast The Harland Highway, where he discusses issues ranging from serious to bizarre, artistic, unusual, and silly. He also features callers, as well as interviews and comedy sketches.
His main gift is his spontaneity. As an experiment to test the limits of this he was asked, “A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” He quickly responds, “Yo, Brosif. Let’s go get that Taco Bell! I run over and grab my electric sausage; the penguin hops on the back as they fly on over to the Taco Bell drive-thru.”
Sounds like a hot ticket.
Harland Williams performs on May 12 at Yuk Yuk’s.Harlan Williams, Vancouver Yuk Yuk's, Yuk Yuk's