Published Sep 27, 2016"He's the hottest comic in Canada right now" said opener Ryan Dennee as he introduced his friend K. Trevor Wilson, the large lumberjack of a man who has been making a name for himself since he got his first big break opening for Louis CK four years ago. While most people have hated this year, 2016 has been amazing for Wilson: he got to perform at the legendary Oddball Comedy Festival in both Canada and the US, he made it to the finals of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, and his new show, Letterkenny, has become a hit. During his headlining set at Comedy Bar, it was easy to see why he's had so much success, and why Canadian comedy fans have been cheering for him to continue to reach higher heights.
Ryan Denee started the show by acknowledging how his many tattoos made him look genuinely frightening, and admitting that he made some questionable life choices to get to that point. His set was mostly average, but his joke about how his Vietnamese wife wasn't a sex slave or mail-order bride even though he looked the way he did came out of nowhere and was wonderfully self-deprecating.
Wilson then took the stage and somehow managed to use the banal go-to small talk subject of weather as an endless trove for entertainment. His descriptions of how his body reacted to different temperatures were as funny as they were original, as was his opening bit about how pretentious Vancouverites get when they don't have snow and the rest of Canada does. Best of all, his bit about how Winnipeg once got colder than Mars was hysterical, especially when he went on a tangent about how illogical it was that Winnipeg consumes more slushies than any other city.
Though weather was by far the predominant theme, it wasn't the only territory that Wilson thrived in. His explanation of how he knows that nobody drinks like people on the East coast was packed with equal amounts of national pride and humour. Likewise, his complaining about the fact that deer haven't evolved to fear cars was related to his experiences in Canada and was very funny, namely because he described the cars as metal beasts with glowing eyes.
In addition, Wilson's narrative about trying to understand directions in a small town in Alberta was rib-tickling and relatable, plus his remark "Goodness, you're just made of boogers!" in response to a continually noisy, sick audience member packed a huge punch.