I got started as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald in Canada. There my co-workers entered me in a lip- syncing contest without telling me, and I ended up taking first prize. I decided I wanted to learn the real voice and not just lip- sing. After sitting front row at a Rich Little show in Ottawa, I was incredibly focused and inspired to go after a career just like that. I packed my bags and headed towards the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once in Las Vegas, I was fortunate enough to open for my fellow Canadians, Rich Little and Paul Anka. There was no turning back from here in my mind.
I later moved to Los Angeles to begin my career in stand-up comedy where I had my national television debut on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.” From there many opportunities came my way. I was approached by Harrah’s Corporation to headline my own, one-man show in Reno, Nevada. There I received numerous awards, including “Entertainer of the Year”, “Best Comedian”, “Best Show”, and “Best Entertainer.” I had a lot of fun in Reno but I was ready for something bigger.