Humber alumnus and award-winning comedian K. Trevor Wilson was nominated best comedic artist of the year in the annual Canadian Comedy Awards.
Wilson is nominated in the category alongside Graham Clark, Jus Reign, Mike Ward and Kenny Hotz.
The self-proclaimed “Man Mountain of Comedy” previously won two Canadian Comedy Awards for best male stand-up and best taped live performance in 2015.
Wilson, now a successful stand-up comedian and actor, was once a humble Humber student enrolled in the school’s Comedy Writing and Performance program.
“I learned a lot of tricks of the trade and good writing habits from the teachers,” said Wilson.
“I’d say the most important thing that Humber gave me that I could take away from it all was the built-in support group of like-minded peers,” he said. “It brought together a group of misfits and weirdos and we all went out together to try to make a name for ourselves in this business.”
Wilson stars as Squirrely Dan in Letterkenny, an original scripted sitcom on CraveTV based on an acclaimed web series, Letterkenny Problems.
“Squirrely Dan is a small town story teller who sort of keeps the history of the town of Letterkenny the old fashioned way, through word of mouth,” said Wilson. “Which is funny because grammar isn’t really his strong suit.”
The CraveTV show about a fictional small town of 5,000 people in mid-western Ontario called Letterkenny and the residents’ problems was positively reviewed and renewed for a second season.
“We all sort of knew it was going to be good,” said Wilson. “We just didn’t know how well it would do out of the gate.”
The Canadian Comedy Awards, or CCA, entered its 17th year in celebrating the achievements of Canadian comedians in TV, film, radio and web comedy.
This year, people were able to submit their favourite artists for nomination on top of being able to vote for the winners, said Simon Fraser, a CCA representative.
“I think it’s awesome that Humber has such prominent alumni that are rising to such levels of fame,” said Jacob Skryzpiec, a Bachelor of Commerce—Finance student who watches the show.
“He really deserves the award and he represents the kind of off-beat humour that Canada is known for,” he said.
The winners will be announced on the CAA’s Twitter and Facebook pages in the first week of November.
Win or lose, Wilson has a busy future ahead.
“I will be performing stand up with upcoming dates in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and of course Toronto,” Wilson said.
“I actually just booked an episode of Man Seeking Woman, where I get to work with an old buddy, Jay Baruchel, and, in the new year, you can see me on two episodes of What Would Sal Do? on HBO Canada,” he said.