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Frost not for faint of heart

By: Jessica Wallace in Entertainment May 19, 2015 0 161 Views

For Darren Frost, there’s no thrill like standup comedy.

The Canadian comic wears many hats — voice, film and television actor, among others — but it’s all for the stage.

“Standup comedy, by far,” he said of his preferred work.

“Everything else funds my ability to do standup comedy.”

He recently wrapped up two days of filming with Nicolas Cage for a part in the movie Pay the Ghost and had just touched down in the Yukon when KTW reached him for a phone interview.

The Darkness Within Tour — his largest in Canada in 25 years — began in Ontario and will make its way across the country this year.

He’ll stop at The Office Pub and Grill in Valleyview this week and remembers performing in the River City in the mid-1990s, downtown at     the former Jukebox Jive.

“People used to drink. I’m sure that hasn’t changed,” he said with a laugh.

Frost, 44, has seen changes to the comedy world in his tenure on stage, namely due to the explosion of the Internet.

“Communication has got easier,” he said. “Crowds have become more comedy savvy.”

But, one thing never changes.

“If you wanna make a living in this country, you have to hustle,” he said. “You think that over time and education, that would kind of go away, but it doesn’t.”

Frost’s own comedy style has changed.

While he once focused on social commentary, he said people don’t want to hear it anymore.

Now, he jokes about real life and his three boys — ages five, eight and 11 — back home in Toronto, offer plenty of inspiration.

“I talk about my kids a lot now,” he said, noting it’s all “feces and farts” with them.

“It’s all they talk about. Sometimes I wish I have a girl.”

As for his tour, Frost advises audiences to keep an open mind and the hashtag set up for the tour on social media #thedarknesswithin provides insight.

His tweets are laced with profanities. Of the ones KTW could print:

“sister had so many abortions in the 90s when she goes inside a closet all the coat hangers go straight #oldjokes #nottrue #thedarknesswithin [sic]”

“I can’t stop humming black sabbath songs while my son has first communion #warpigs #thewizard [sic]”

Frost says his tour is not for the faint of heart.

“Don’t come with an agenda, just come to laugh,” he said. “If you don’t like one joke, wait for the next one. . .  If you don’t like three in a row, probably leave.”

He is also selling a jump drive box set with more than 24 hours of comedy, on which his tour is based. The pub is at 2020 Falcon Rd. Tickets are $10 in advance from or $15 at the door. The show is at 8 p.m.

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