If you think doing stand-up comedy's nerve-racking, consider Darryl Purvis. The Nova Scotia-born funny man always makes it look easy. Maybe it's his perma-smile, his mellow voice or his Maritimes irreverence - nothing fazes him. Yet beneath the former Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award nominee's sleepy slacker exterior lies some of the sharpest sarcasm and satire around. He brings his act, D-Pur Thoughts, to the Tim Sims this weekend. See comedy listings, page 56, for details.
What were you doing at midnight on New Year's Eve? Making fun of the cougar who was hitting on me.
What were you doing 12 hours later? Making sweet cougar love.
The TTC is considering fare hikes. Your response? "Spare some change?"
You and stand-up Nikki Payne both hail from Antigonish. Who's better known back home? I used to think it was me until my parents put Nikki's head on my body in all the family photos.
Biggest difference between Antigonish and Toronto? If a person honks their horn in Toronto, chances are they're not saying hello.
How has your business degree helped your comedy career? Friends of mine make $100,000+ a year. I make $10 per show. I'd have to do at least 10,000 shows a year to be in the same tax bracket. Thank you, Accounting 101.
Mad cow - how will it end? Ralph Klein vs. George Bush in a mad-cow-riding competition at the Calgary Stampede. Loser keeps the cow.
If there were a Darryl Purvis Live DVD, what extras would be on it? Commentary by my parents saying, "That's not true... we never said that!" And outtakes from my weekend with Paris Hilton.
What tag line would you write for your favourite beer? "Alexander Keith's... mmmm, now that's what a depressant should taste like!"
What New Year's resolutions have you kept so far? This is the year I grow hair on my back. So far, so good.