My last Second City cast, 1996. After a year of taking Second City classes in Los Angeles, their west coast operation shut down. I spent the next year performing at a new venue around the corner. But by this time I was sold on a career with The Second City, and that meant a move either to Chicago or back home.

I got my shot with an audition for the Toronto Touring Company and got in, spending the next year touring Canada before joining the Firehall's resident cast, where I wrote and performed in five revues.

For a writer, there is nothing more valuable than the opportunity to try out new material in front of a different audience six nights a week.

Along the way I must have also picked up a thing or two about acting; I was a 1995 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for best actor.

Logo for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Albert Howell and I performing "One Voice", 1996. My Second City experience continues to pay off in a variety of ways. Like other alumni I'm continously called upon to write and execute custom live shows and videos for corporate clients. I've also gained experience as a teacher and director through my work at The Second City Training Centre.

But one of the best things that The Second City did for me was introduce me to Albert Howell. We met in the Touring Company, became best friends and wrote and performed in two mainstage revues together. Then Al sat me down in front of his TV set one Saturday afternoon and made me sit through a half-hour of Citytv's SPEAKER'S CORNER...

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