Darren Frost is a Canadian actor and stand-up comedian. He frequently performs at Yuk-Yuks comedy clubs, and he competed in the 2007 Seattle International Comedy Competition. Darren is known for his eccentricity and often extremely taboo material; he describes his aim as being "to slam a stapler against the forehead of popular culture." He was twice awarded top ten comedy moments of the year by Toronto entertainment magazine Now. Darren has been awarded the prestigious Kari award for Best Performance in a commercial in Canada. At the 2005 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Darren performed in the most shows of any performer. 22 shows that included the nasty show and the gala. He has also took his comedy shenanigans international with shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In 2007 was chosen to compete in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Numerous movie/television appearances to his credit.
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For over 20 years I've been touring across Canada and I'm doing it again. Just wrapped up a great weekend in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories and tonight I'm in Vancouver for one night only before heading to Vancouver Island. I've done a tonne of movies and cartoons you can read about below if you want, but stand-up comedy is really what I do. Happy to answer any questions about comedy and the comedy business. You may have seen some of my infamous heckler videos on Reddit where I've been assaulted on stage, or got into uncomfortable Cancer debates in the middle of my show. Hopefully you can check out some of my intentional material as well. There's over 25 hours of it in the box set, and plenty to sample on youtube first.
Long Boring Bio:
I've worked as an actor with Nicolas Cage in the upcoming movie Pay The Ghost and been nominated twice at the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards Including Best Male Comic. I was on the CBC show Mr. D playing the new addition of angry French teacher. I've had appearances at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Lost Girl, Strombo and the CBC Debaters. For three years I was the host of the weekly Sirius XM radio show Anything Goes which was nominated two years in a row for a Canadian Comedy Award.
Numerous movie/television roles including Hairspray with John Travolta, the Ethan Hawke film Assault on Precinct 13, the Drew Barrymore/Jimmy Fallon film Fever Pitch, a role in the Michael Douglas feature Don’t Say A Word, principle role in the Kojak series starring Ving Rhames.
Cartoons I've voiced for include: Total Drama Island Ridonculous Race, Looped, Camp LakeBottom, Chuck and Friends, BeyBlade, Bakughan Brawlers, Stoked, Sixteen, NBC Discovery Kids Time Warp Trio, PBS’s Timothy Goes to School, Showtime’s Gahan Wilson’s The Kid, and Fox’s Medabots. He also has been featured in many memorable national commercials currently the Cash For Life Fairy, and old favorites Microsoft’s Hermes Messenger of the Gods, and Listerine’s Action Hero Bottle.
Can't imagine what it's like to be up I stage so I have to ask, what's the worst heckling experience during a stand up got that you've ever encountered?
probably when the guy asked about my cancer as I could not believe he would go there. That or when I had to kick out 40 church pissers from a show in Vancouver. They pissed on the church next door and then walked in. Urine stings stigma bitches
Hey Darren, long time fan. Am wondering: If you had to pick something to be thrown at you on stage other than a shot glass, what would it be?
a dwarf might be interesting ... then I could do a puppet act and for once I am not the one get fisted in front of the crowd
Good luck with sales, pal! I'm a comedy/drama screenwriter from Russia. Though, my thing doesn't go well. The modern-day comedy scripts are quite bland, isn't it?
I haven't watched a Hollywood comedy in years which is sad cause one of the reasons I wanted to be a standup comic is watching as an usher 400 people nightly watch the naked gun. I have seen almost every major star comic and no one got those kinds of laughs. There is still hope in the indy scene for good comedies. Are you making a living in Russia doing what you do
Hi Darren! Do you still cum in a jar? Do you travel with your jar?
only travel with it near xmas, since my wife keeps it under the bed and that is when the kids go looking there for their Christmas presents. the jar is tough to take places as glass containers are the devil as we all know so when I go poolside I have to put it in a ziplock bag and then transfer it back when I am done
What are you thoughts on the current state of the Russian economy seeing as it has shrunk by 1.9% between January and March compared with the previous year?
I wonder if that had anything to do with the state of people leaving due to the civil rights problems they are having. I actually took Russian politics in university thinking it was a bird course and it wasn't
I would send in the iron sheik and nikolai volkoff to turn things around
What do you think makes a great stand-up comic? What sets apart the truly great from the solid, very good?
I think hard work and a unique point of view are the two biggest ones. That is for sure when it comes to longevity. You have to keep writing. I never thought I was great at standup comedy but I know I work hard and in the beginning you do jokes to just make the audience laugh then it becomes hollow after awhile.. then you start doing jokes for you.
Luck is a big thing as well but you can up your chances of taking advantage of luck if you do the work. Always evolving is a big factor as well... do you really want to keep doing the jokes at the level of a 21 year old. I don't and I don't think any of the greats did either.
I always tell anyone who comes to the show ... I cant control if you find me great or laugh but you will see something you have never seen before and maybe that is self justifying but I believe in it
Wow, what kind of a dick crosses that line thinking it's okay! Same goes for the public urinaters.
Sounds like an interesting job you've got, keep up the awesome work!
it takes all kinds but it was fun kicking 40 people out and the comedy club had my back the whole time... that is rare these days
I have had quite the history in Vancouver when it comes to rowdy crowds
Hey Darren! One thing I always wonder with other comics, and we've never talked about, who was the first comic you ever saw perform live?
Emo Philips was the first comedian. I saw him in Kitchener Ontario underage at a yuk yuks. The three comics that influenced me heavily are emo sam kinison and woody allen. Quite the group
I have worked with emo and have some funny stories ... still one of the best writers in the business and all comics should watch him
who was your first dean
Hey Frost, just curious. What was it like on Total Drama?
it was good its a show that is in its like 7th season so they know what they are doing. I have worked for them before in 6teen where i played darth the star wars nerd and snack shack on stoked
What do you enjoy more- being able to be filthy on stage or reigning it in a bit for a kid friendly satire like Total Drama? Does that kind of constraint sometimes help you be more creative?
everything I do funds my ability to do standup but i love the cartoon stuff. I am good at it and the people are the nicest and gratefull of talent
it does let me be more creative cause they are different boxes. yes i love being a dirty comic and saying what i want at anytime but there is nothing wrong with working under contraints to be creative either
i use to do a lot of commericials but either fired or replaced after my name was googled and they saw my standup. never been a problem in the cartoon world as it is not my face and unless i told you you would not know it is my voice always in the cartoon
and one other point is i am a father of three young boys so i have to be funny all the time without the bad words and topics
Do you prefer doing on-camera acting or voice acting more? What are your favorite (or least favorite) parts of either?
On camera ive worked with some big stars and that helps me get press for stand up. I like cartoon work more cause they are bigger roles and u have a character to play instead of camera man 1 in hairspray with travolta
One of the least fave parts are the audition process and the waiting around on set. But who likes that?
Have you considered making a gay porn with a B list celebrity just to get your name out there?
I think we have all seen the success that dustin diamond had with what he did. If it just took fucking a guy for that success then sign me up for a float during pride
considering what a bad ass putin is, you'd probably need people of that caliber.
that would be the first wrestlemania I watch in years
who do think is a great comic and why do you think they are great
You recently returned to your hometown of Brantford Ontario to perform for the first time in years. Did you feel an added pressure to kill on that show or was it just another day at the office at this stage?
doing your home town is very hard when your life there was not good. You want to kill sure but more importantly I don't want that show to mean anything more then any other show. Time heals all wounds At the end of the day you hope for the best. The show went well ... well better then the one time I bombed in front of the girl I loved from afar in high school. The kind you had no balls to talk to... at the show every time I looked at her she looked at the floor I was bombing so bad
all while I was under a dot matrix printout of happy birthday Darren. that is how I want to spend my 25th birthday being hated and sung happy birthday from a crowd who couldn't look me in the eye
Who would be your first choice as co-star?
come on that is easy Dirk Benedict
That's the second time you've made me google some obscure actor. But face from A-team is a good choice. Would you want him circa 1985 or his current 70 year old self? Or perhaps a threesome?
If Mr T is directing then I just do what he says ... and we all know where dirk likes to take it ... in the face...
I waste hours learning useless information that is great at lame parties
Explains why you're on reddit. Well Mr. Forgotyournamealready, thank you for taking my questions, good luck with the shitty career.
thanks for the encouragement I hope your job at hallmark works out
Hey Darren, thanks for being here. I was wondering: Does the fact that I have no fucking clue who you are, and have never heard of that cartoon or whatever the fuck else you said you were in, make you sad?
if that made me sad I would have killed myself in the Yukon. if you look at the boring bio I am sure there is something you hated enough to acknowledge
also I am very self aware when it comes to the fact most will not know who I am. I have done lots of stuff but never did that huge thing people recognize me for ... maybe I have to invest in roofies