In ancient times the only bad thing about the Internet was that it tied up your phone line meaning you could miss a call from your homie who was organizing a grind session after his shift at West 49. These days the wise old web is more sinister than ever, having helped a straw-haired warlock become president while generally distracting us from a real world that is slowly falling apart. But if there’s one species of human who continues to benefit from advancements in Internet technology it’s comedians who use it to discover new ways to get their jokes out into the ears and eyes of the Earth.

Dan Galea has been involved in Toronto’s comedy community for over a decade having spent his formative years as a member of the original cast of The Sketchersons. Nowadays he’s harnessing the power of livestreaming with a brand new live web show called The DG Special that features guests, comedy, music, and general hanging out in his apartment.

If you’ve ever wondered what the comedy scene is like in Canada’s biggest city because you love comedy but live somewhere weird, or do live in the city but don’t like leaving home because you have an awesome TV, this is a great chance to discover talent who’ve been ripping it up for years.

There’s a brand new show tonight at 9pm ET that you can watch here with guests Aurora Browne and Carolyn Sterling from Baroness Von Sketch Show, stand-up from Dawn Whitwell, music from Caleb Stull, and special appearances by Sammy Farid and James Hartnett. We asked Dan some questions about the show and he answered without using any swear words.


What did it take to get the show started?

I guess it took one failed attempt (I did a talk show a couple years ago that went really bad), one really cool camera, and me just wanting to have a reason to have some old friends over. It’s basically a talk show-themed party that happens every Wednesday at 9pm in my apartment.

How different does it feel doing shows in your living room as opposed to onstage?

I would say the biggest difference is the no laughing. Sometimes what’s happening is hilarious and yet it’s to silence here.  We assume people are laughing somewhere but it’s not the same feeling. It almost feels like you’re doing it for no reason in a way. I remember thinking the second episode went really bad, and then I watched it and it was fine. I’m still getting used to the feeling.




Now that you’ve been doing comedy for over a decade, how do you feel about where you’re right now with this new show?

I feel like I’m finally putting myself out there. This was the main purpose for me. I always bury myself in great sketch troupes like The Sketchersons, The Boom, Primo, and they’re all full of wonderfully talented people, but doing things alone was always a bit scary to me. Plus now all my buddies from those sketch troupes can come on the show as guests and performers. That’s also why I booked my whole first season ahead of time -- I have to do this or I’ll look like a fool, and I won’t have it! I won’t have any of it!

If you could book any celebrities for one show, who would they be?

My top three people I’ve always wanted to meet are: Jerry Stiller, Larry David, Trey Parker and Matt Stone but I mean I would also love to talk to Patrick Stewart, Adam West, Emilio Estevez and others of course.

You spent some time in LA, correct? How does the community there differ from Toronto?

In some ways it doesn’t differ. At one point I had the same people in my living room in LA as I had a month earlier in Toronto. There’s a lot of Canadians there and there’s always a few nights where everyone gets together. Other than that there are lots of people from Chicago, and other parts of the states, but if you can hold your own in Canada you start in a pretty good place in LA. The only big difference is there aren’t as many shows to do in LA -- they exist but they are fewer and further between.




What advice would you give someone looking to start something similar?

I would suggest a lot of tests. Try different cameras, look up tutorials, do anything you can to learn as much as you can. Also it really did help to book the guests a long time in advance. It holds you accountable and keeps things moving along. Other than that make sure you always try to make it better. Start out just trying to do it at all but eventually take some risks and have fun with it!

Check out the full DG Special schedule below and tune in Wednesdays for some big time laughs from some big time performers including future guests Scott Thompson, Mark Little, and The Beaverton’s Miguel Rivas and Emma Hunter.