Darren Frost will be the first to tell you, he wasn’t always this angry… on stage at least. He used to ‘do the monkey dance’ and be what he affectionately refers to as a ‘happy clappy fun boy,’ pandering to the audience and the industry. The turning point?
Any comic can tell you, this is much easier said than done. The path of doing what you think they want is so much safer, so much less risky, and so much less alienating. But, breaking through that, and having the courage to do the material you need to do… is what separates the greats, from the mediocre masses. I first saw Darren live with Terry Clement on his now infamous “Cold Dark January” tour… which became so successful it now runs during the entire month of January at 4 Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs, with 4 separate acts. TooFar.TV didn’t exist back then, but when we started up, and decided to open up a stand-up section… Darren was the first comedian we contacted, and launched with. Immediately, one of the first videos released was a terrific, meta piece of material on the beheading on the Greyhound Bus… and the legendary Frost controversy came and hit us full force. Despite the material intelligently dissecting the public reaction to the beheading in a very cathartic manner… the clip made its way to the victim’s family, and Darren was pressured to remove it from the impending shit storm in the media. Having just wrapped up his last ordeal, (an infamous glass being thrown at him onstage) Frosty decided for his family’s sake to pull the clip and kill the firestorm. It’s still a great bit though, and you can catch it on his last DVD, voted one of the top comedy albums of the year, Dead Inside. As is the case with most X-Rated, “edgy” comedians… offstage, Darren is mild mannered, soft spoken, incredibly smart, an active mentor to younger comics and a great, decent human being. In preparation for his big JFL42 Fundraiser Show, we sat down with the man, the myth the legend… Darren Frost.
TF: Alright… Let’s get our hate on! Who in pop culture do you loathe the most right now?
DF: Loathe? I will tell you what I look forward to … Twenty years from now Mama June, the mother of honey boo boo, appearing on one night of TV: hoarders intervention and Americas Got Talent.. The trifecta of reality TV. At that exact moment an asteroid smashes into earth and we get what we deserve.
TF: Ok now that we got that out of our system, we can get down to some comedy… With undeniably one of the most popular heckling videos out there, you’ve become the posterboy for anti-comedian bullying. BUT, your act is a violent tornado tearing through a room and you gotta expect to piss a few people off. Remind us again why we the JFL audience should all just sit quietly and take it!
DF: You paid (maybe regrettably) to hear me speak not some drunk/liberal guilt cuntard. Look I say some horrible things so just wait for the next socially acceptable group to be made fun of and get back on board the hate train.
TF: You’ve been touring with Canadian legend Kenny Robinson for years now – your latest incarnation is appropriately titled Rank and Vile. Can you explain to us the draw and why you guys make a dynamic team?
DF: Two guys with 50 total years in the biz. You may not know us going in but you will never forget us on the way out. Kenny is the legend and I am the angry troll…one day it will be a great fairy tale.
TF: Your dvd’s have been incredibly popular making appearances on north american top 10 lists… Tell us about your latest Emotional Terrorism?
DF: It is another 2.5 years of living, hating and screaming. I think it is my best and most honest so far. It takes me six months to do each one as I am a one man army doing it all. This is my fourth and I am proud of what I do regardless of what the moral majority thinks.
TF: Here at Toofar, you’ve been our prize horse since day one. We know you have roots and family here, but are you holding out for some American exposure? Sure your DVD’s get some attention, but we kinda feel the breakout’s going to happen any day now…
DF: Ive been waiting for that breakout since the early 00’s. I just do what I do and people will eventually catch up or there will be a great documentary done. One where I am dead and a bunch of nice looking folks in the industry can say “I thought Darren was amazing and fearless but I never paid his rent once” Cue fake tears.
TF: Tell us about Anything Goes?
DF: It is one of the only radio shows in Canada that promotes a lot of Canadian comedy in a format that is not morning zoo wacky bullshit. From veterans to new comics, Dave Martin and I have been trying to not kill ourselves for almost three years.
TF: How important it is for you to have substance in your material? One thing we’ve always loved about you is you’re not at all just a shock comic as many may want to label you. You always have a point to your material and it’s very well thought out.
DF: I generally always try to have meaning or a subtext… Then sometimes it is just to shock… to wake up or piss a crowd off.