True to his surname, funny guy Ron Sparks is doing his best to ignite the comedy scene. He's won a bunch of awards for his deadpan stand-up act, including last year's Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award and this year's Canadian Comedy Award for best newcomer. He and his Minnesota Wrecking Crew pals have walked away with the CCA for best sketch troupe two years running. But there's more to Sparks, who's just been hired as a writer by the prestigious This Hour Has 22 Minutes team, than a mantel of metal - as you can see when he appears in the gala lineup at the 2004 Downtown Comedy Festival Sunday (November 28) at the Rivoli. See Comedy Listings for details.
Where do you keep all your comedy awards? Two in each hand, all day, every day.
You're part of the Downtown Comedy Festival gala show. What makes it "gala"? Me.
How is the hockey strike affecting your life? I have one less reason to do heroin.
Flu shot: pro or con? Flu shot? More like Boo shot.
What happens to John Kerry now? Who?
Tips for surviving holiday office parties? Leave the kids and the gun at home.
If there were a Ron Sparks Street, where would it be located? Right between Handsome Street and Debonair Avenue.
Who would live there? Just you and me, Hotpants.
Early Oscar predictions? James Cameron finally returns all of his undeserved Titanic trophies.
Biggest news story of 2004? This Hour Has 22 Minutes gets Carolyn Parrish fired.