GD: I'm one of the Executive Producers so I get to see all the cuts. I've seen every episode so much now that it's hard to really judge it. I'm in it, I know what's coming in every scene because I did a lot of the writing and I acted in it. If I stand back from it all I think it's a very funny, different show and I can honestly say that I'm proud of what we created. Now the proof is in the pudding so we'll just have to see.
tV: Do you have a favourite episode?
GD: Yah, there's an episode we did that I watched the other day where Gerry runs into his old girlfriend. That was a fun episode to do and to watch. Every episode has got so many things about it that you like. We think we have a nice strong twelve episodes. I'm always looking for the laugh-out-loud laughter, as opposed to just the smile. I think we have a few laugh-out-loud moments in every episode.
tV: What has been the most challenging thing about putting this show together?
GD: It's always a challenge to come up with new ideas: to challenge yourself to be creative. It's a challenge for all the actors and crew that balance family life with it as well. That was a challenge for me: to be working twelve, thirteen hour days and the stress that puts on my wife and how supportive she is.
It's a dream job though, and I still pinch myself. I was just a teacher who decided to try something different and got really, really lucky. You can never discount the luck that's involved when you get something like this. I'm blessed and appreciative and now I want to execute. I want to execute all the chances I've been given here and execute a funny show... or execute someone if it doesn't go well (laughs).
tV: Was there anything that took you by surprise?
GD: The actors we got. There's just so much talent. I knew when we hired them there was potential but without them there's no Mr. D. The viewers are going to love the cast we've created. It was a really nice surprise to be able to just sit back and be able to laugh at everyone else.
tV: What is the most Canadian thing about your show?
GD: We have a celebrity guest appearance by an NHL hockey player from an original six team.
tV: Are you allowed to say who?
GD: No, not yet. We're going to save it. He did a great job. That's probably the most Canadian part of the show. An American watching the show won't see a lot of Canadian references but the Canadians will for sure.
Gerry Dee has a stand up comedy tour in BC starting in Jan 18 in Victoria. Check it out.