Harland Williams hasn’t yet had what you’d call a breakout role in the movies, but you can blame that on the scripts out there, not his talent. The Toronto-born Williams, who’s also an imaginative writer and illustrator (check out his website below), remains one of the most original and outrageous stand-ups around. His shtick never gets old, as he’ll demonstrate in two sets Sunday (April 20) at the Diesel, where he’s taping a sketch comedy film called Child Wild. See listings.
Your new show is called Child Wild. How wild are you?
You can put me up against any African mammal – cheetah, gorilla, rabid anteater – and I would hold up pretty good.
… and how childish?
I throw tantrums in malls and smash plates if I don’t get my way. Also, I’m a full-grown man and I still breastfeed.
Child Wild’s going to be in high def. Which means we’ll be seeing a lot of…?
Pimples, cilia hairs and moles… not moles that grow on skin, but actual living moles that live in my hair. HD is that good!
Sideburns maintenance routine?
When my sideburns get too long, I jump on my bed toward the ceiling fan and let the fan trim them just right.
Your brother is animator Steve “Spaz” Williams, and you’ve been in a lot of animated films. Nepotism?
No, I don’t like nepotism. I’m a chocolate or vanilla ice cream guy. I don’t like all my flavours mixed together.
Do Canadians in L.A. hang out in a particular spot?
Yes. L.A. is a very sexual place and Canadians are clever people. We managed to find L.A.’s G spot and wisely all hang out there. Earthquakes are just orgasms caused by Canadians stomping on California’s G spot.
Your cousin is Kevin Hearn from the Barenaked Ladies, and you guys have recorded an album. What’s the first single going to be?
It’s called The Cousins: The Love Song Years, and you can buy it at http://www.harlandwilliams.com. The first cut’s called Behind The Glass.