Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, December 8, 1999


Weekend Pass

The best and worst of 1999

Grand production a comforting classic

Rheostatics habitually unpredictable

Funnyman Fox fancies fame and fucking

Dre smokin' the good stuff again

Funnyman Fox fancies fame and fucking

By Luke Rundle
Gazette Staff

If you like your humour served with a wacky, madcap flair and maintain a frivolous attitude towards life, then you probably won't enjoy the standup show of Vancouver comic Kevin Fox much at all.

Fox embraces a much more understated, muted delivery than most of his peers and deals more with the incongruities of life than in its lighter moments. If this sounds a little difficult to comprehend, fear not, for even Fox himself is hard pressed to define his comedic style. "Laid back and edgy, if that's not a contradiction in terms," he deadpans.

A newcomer to the comedy stage, Fox first began performing stand-up in 1994, at amateur nights in Vancouver. However, like most of his predecessors, his first venues were none other than his home and school as a child.

"I was always a smart ass, class clown, that kind of thing. People always told me I should be a stand-up comic," Fox recalls. "I was really into stand-up as a kid. I would listen to Richard Pryor and Steve Martin albums, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Redd Foxx, that kind of stuff."

However, unlike his peers, Fox found it difficult to make the jump from amateur to professional without a push. "For some reason, I didn't get into the business until I was about 23. I was afraid of failing, because everyone always said that I was really funny. I didn't want to go up there and not be funny, so that fear held me back for a number of years," he explains.

It took a major catharsis to make Fox realize his true life course and cast his anxieties to the wind. "A few friends of mine were killed, so that made me realize that life is short and that we really aren't here for a long time, so we should do what would make us happiest."

He soon found himself booked at prestigious venues such as the Montréal Just For Laughs comedy festival and fielding offers from film and television outfits in both the United States and Canada. "I just got back from New York, where I filmed a pilot for a show that I wrote called The Skinny Mob," Fox recounts. "I'm going back to Vancouver on the 12th and I'm basically going to divide my time between New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

However, Fox is making extensive plans for the future as far as fame and fortune are concerned, investing as much time in his private character as his onstage one.

"For most of next year, I'm going to school for acupuncture and holistic herbal medicine, work on a one man show and learn to play my flute correctly," he states.

"I have every intention of becoming rich and famous as a stand-up comic and what I want to do is put down a foundation before that happens, so that when all of a sudden there's nothing I can't buy and every chick wants to fuck me, [fame] won't make me freak out, which is apparent in many people," Fox continues.

"So I'm trying to establish a proper, well-rounded foundation of other interests and other things and then, when and if that does happen, I think I'll be able to go with the flow and realize that what you do isn't who you are – that your job or success doesn't define you as a person"

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