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Comedy double bill heading for Lido

Veteran comedian, Tyler Hawkins will be joined by Ryan Paterson to supply some laughs at the Lido Theatre this weekend in Fort St. John.

Veteran comedian, Tyler Hawkins will be joined by Ryan Paterson to supply some laughs at the Lido Theatre this weekend in Fort St. John.

Hawkins has been living off the avails of his sense of humour for 15 years, which makes him a bit of a rarity on the comedy circuit.

"When you hit your late 30s people tend to start looking for a 'real' job," said Hawkins, "What is a real job? I guess it's waking up every morning working for 'the man' but to me a real job seems like a real drag."

Hawkins said he was leaning towards getting out of the comedy business around that stage in his life, but around the same time he won a "Just for Laughs" competition and had a "Comedy Now," set come out in the same year.

"I was ready to stop, so you just never know what's going to happen, which is the good and bad thing about comedy," Hawkins said.

In terms of his comedy style, Hawkins explained that it's made up of his observations of every day life.

"I'm not really changing the world by and stretch of the imagination. There's no deep insight to the things I do. I just like sticking to the kids' stuff," he said.

During his long career, Hawkins has extensively toured Western Canada and down to Seattle and Los Angeles in the U.S. Through those tours, Hawkins said he often ends up in venues like the Parktown Hotel in Saskatoon.

"Those places are where you often end up and the people in the bar are getting mad at me for interrupting their VLT playing," Hawkins joked.

He pointed out that the comedy circuit isn't as glamorous as some might imagine.

"It's really difficult starting out and it's not that much fun. You start by trying a five minute routine and just build on that and constantly look for more stage time," Hawkins recalled.

The best part about being a comedian, Hawkins predictably noted, is making people laugh.

"I just want people to have a good time, laugh it up and try not to offend people I mean I have but that's not what I set out to do," Hawkins said, "The real goal is just to make people pee their pants."

Tyler Hawkins started stand up comedy in 1995. Since then he has toured all over Canada and the U.S. He has opened for Russel Peters, Jaimie Kennedy and Dustin Diamond. He'll be performing at the Lido Friday and Saturday night.