By Chris Illich
K. Trevor Wilson, actor and comedian is most known in Canada as Squirrely Dan from the hit TV show Letterkenny. We were able to get him on the horn and ask him a few questions.
To start out, what are you up to these days?
Im doing a lot of standup. I’ve been on the road a lot and I’m heading out west over the next two months. Other than that, I’ve just been writing on some scripts with some buddies.
You started out as a child actor, you were on Goosebumps and other shows. How did you get into the field?
I started out just doing school plays really. My teachers saw that I had an interest in it and mentioned it to my parents and I got signed up for acting classes at Young People’s Theatre.
I met my agent during a school show, one of the other girls in the show was already working professionally, so her agent saw me throw myself down a set of stairs for cheap laughs in the third act and then she gave me her business card.
And how did you get into stand up comedy?
I was about 19. I had graduated high school and had started school at Humber College for the Comedy Writing and Performance class and figured that if I’m studying comedy, I better go all in. So, me and some buddies, went out to the Ajax Yuk Yuks and our first show was an amateur night.
I had two jokes that worked, and one of them was about how bad I was doing. Those two laughs were enough to make me want to do it again.
So, aside from standup, most people know you as Squirrely Dan on Letterkenny. How did you get involved with the show?
The old school way, I auditioned for it. They’re a great group. Jared Keeso is a fantastic talent and probably the nicest man in all of Canada. Jacob Tierney is a wonderful director. The two, together, have written a bunch of funny stuff. The cast and the crew are all top notch and we have a great time working on that show. It’s the best summer job I’ve ever had.
We wrapped up Season Two at the end of June, it’s going to be a fun one. We filmed a lot of ridiculous stuff. That will be coming out in December on Crave TV. Then we start filming Season Three in February
What are some of the funniest moments that have happened on set? We have a lot of good times on set. My favourite thing to do is to try and break Jared because his character Wayne is so serious. When you get him laughing its hard for him to stop.
Which do you prefer? Acting or stand up?
They are so different that you can’t really compare them.
I love them both, that’s why I’ve kept doing them both. They work different muscles. I just have a different sense of appreciation for them both. With acting, you’re more so working with a team at something that is much bigger than you. But with standup it’s all you. You wrote it, you perform it, you’re the producer, the director and it’s all on you. They are different beasts.
You’ve been in the acting and comedy circuit combined for almost twenty years. What are you most proud of?
21 years actually. I’m most proud that I can make a living doing the things that I want to do. Doing the shows and the accolades are nice, but at the end of the day I’m paying for my family’s Christmas presents with jokes. And they get good stuff too, not the crap I used to buy them.
What advice would you give to starting out as an actor or comedian?
If you really want it you have to work harder than everybody else. Oh, and always ask for a hotel.
And who is the real K. Trevor Wilson?
I work a lot and I’m really lucky that I really like my work, but I’m a comic book fan, video game fan, a really big wrestling nerd. I go watch a lot of pro wrestling in my time off. I’m just a normal guy I guess , I sit around and play video games and eat pizza.
K. Trevor Wilson performs at Showtime Comedy and Entertainment Nov. 25-26. More information can be found at showtimecomedy.com [S]