NOTE: This show has been CANCELLED. Refunds are available through Ticketpro or the box office. (Feb. 6/19)
By Scott Costen
Trent McClellan is a comic on a mission.
“I think people need to laugh now more than ever,” the cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes says about bringing his stand-up show to Liverpool Feb. 15. “That’s why the tour is called ‘Laugh Every Day’. It’s about trying to lift the darkness of the news and the world. I feel more responsibility now as a comedian and a performer to give people a good time and a good night out.”
The 46-year-old Corner Brook native began doing stand-up after moving to Calgary in 2004. Since then, he has performed at a number of high-profile comedy festivals, including Just for Laughs in Montreal. After a few years as a guest writer and performer on 22 Minutes, he became a full cast member last season.
McClellan’s Atlantic Canadian tour sees him on the TV set Mondays through Thursdays and on the stage most weekends. “I wanted to keep my stand-up chops going,” he told the Observer. “A lot of comedians, once they get a TV gig, it kind of goes away. It’s like a muscle. You’ve got to keep using it or it atrophies.”
Being true to himself is a priority for McClellan, who has opened for the likes of Bob Saget and Gerry Dee. “I don’t know that my style is comparable to anyone who’s doing their thing right now,” he said. “Part of the challenge when you’re a comedian is trying to find your own voice and doing things your way and in your cadence.”
His stand-up approach involves highlighting things most people take for granted. “I would describe it as taking stuff that’s under everyone else’s nose, but I kind of put it under a microscope and amplify it in some way,” he said. “It’s taking truth and kind of shifting it or tilting it just a little and you get comedy out of that. Comedy doesn’t come from stuff working out; it comes from stuff not working out.”
The Feb. 15 show will be McClellan’s first performance in Queens County and he’s excited to hit the stage at the Astor Theatre. “I love the old classic type of theatre that’s got a bunch of history,” he said.
Tickets to see Trent McClellan are $26 including tax and can be purchased online or at the Astor box office.