Kevin Finn is one of 6 Canadian comedians who will perform as part of the Collingwood Laughs series at the Simcoe Street Theater on July 29
Get ready to laugh at the Simcoe Street Theater later this month.
On July 29, six Canadian comedians will bring their stand-up sets to Collingwood as part of a monthly Collingwood Laughs series, which includes headliner Marc-Anthony Sinagoga as well as comedians Mark Edwards, Sam Burns, Jessica Besser -Rosenberg, James Godfrey and Kevin Finn.
Finn, who grew up in New Lowell and Wasaga Beach, made stops on the Toronto comedy scene and amassed a TikTok following of 250,000 followers throughout the pandemic.
The graduate of Jean Vanier Catholic high school (now Notre-Dame-de-la-Baie) says he is delighted to return home to share his mark of humor through accents and impressions.
“Every time I go back, I tell myself that I would like to retire there. It’s so nice. I felt like I needed to move to fulfill some dreams, but every time I come back it’s like a warm hug,” Finn said. CollingwoodToday.ca this week. “I loved growing up in the (southern Georgian Bay) area. I have many friends and family who live in the city, and I’m very grateful for the upbringing I received in a small community.
While Finn grew up in Wasaga Beach and New Lowell, aged 11, his family moved to Ireland for a year and a half to reconnect with their roots. Finn’s mother grew up in Dublin, Ireland while his father grew up in Liverpool. His parents immigrated to Canada in the 1980s.
Finn’s Irish and English roots inspire his comedy, which is impression-based and emphasizes British dialects.
“All Irish and English comedy has always been forced down my throat,” Finn said.
As a teenager, Finn recalls doing accent work to impersonate his mother in order to be excused from school.
“I was a little troublemaker,” he said. “I used to call and pretend to be my mom because I didn’t hit puberty until I was 17. I’d do a little Irish voice to get out of school. I was taken.”
“I never really thought I was funny, but I loved Austin Powers when I was growing up. It was like my favorite movie,” Finn said. “I was really shy growing up, but now I I can’t keep quiet.”
After post-secondary, Finn attended Humber College’s comedy program and performed with SCTV.
“I played with Dave Thomas. I did a skit with him where we were two Scots yelling at each other on a bench,” Finn said. “It was performed on the main stage at Second City in Toronto. It was cool.”
Finn also won the Colin Mochrie Award for Best Improviser while on the program.
Throughout the pandemic, Finn started making videos on TikTok. Apart from creating sketch videos featuring different British accents, he has also dabbled in creating parody content. This week, his follower count hit 250,000 with a total of 6.3 million views on TikTok alone.
“People on TikTok don’t believe I’m from Canada. They think I’m playing a prank on them,” he said.
Looking ahead, Finn plans to move with his fiancée to England in January and has booked some gigs there. He says he finds his style of comedy closer to British tastes.
“I would like to be able to live in England with my wife full time, have a few children and sell stadiums in England. It seems more realistic than here in Canada. I find (here)… I have to explain the differences between the Irish, Scottish and British accents before I can get into the jokes. There I can just jump in,” Finn said.
“The comedy here is very deadpan, which isn’t bad, it’s just the North American style,” he said. “I find that in England, Ireland and the United Kingdom, everything is silly. I like stupidity.
“I’m slowly finding my voice now,” Finn said.
Overall, Finn says the theme that runs through all of the comedy acts that will be performing in Collingwood at the end of the month is family.
“It’s not family-friendly, but…it’s all about relativity,” Finn said. “We hope to bring that to Collingwood every month.”
The Collingwood Laughs event will take place July 29 at 8 p.m. at the Simcoe Street Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.