Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver-based Comic Sean Devlin

Sean Devlin is a Vancouver-based comedian, best known for his 2018 film “When the Storm Fades,” which earned him the Emerging Canadian Director Award at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival. His comedy album “Airports, Animals” garnered him a nomination for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards. Recently we spoke with him to find out more about his style, influences and projects.

Sean Devlin
Photo by: Emily Cooper

How would you describe your comedy style?

I tell a lot of long stories about weird experiences I’ve had, mixed with absurd, silly short form material

Who are some of your influences?

As a kid growing up in Ottawa, I was influenced by Norm Macdonald and Tom Green. They were both from around there and seeing them find success and do their thing on television made me believe I could do comedy.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Norm Macdonald was just so fun to watch. He always seemed to be so appreciative of just the opportunity to tell jokes and I think that gratitude translated into a joy that was infectious.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

I’m a big fan of my dear friend Aaron Read. He’s just wildly funny and has a really special comedy mind.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Some deep breathing, trying to ground myself in the room and a genuine curiosity about the audience. Depending on how I’m feeling I might have a drink, chicken wings or a glass of milk.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

I did several sets at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco back in 2007. It’s a beautiful venue with a lot of history, Robin Williams recorded one of his HBO specials there. At that point in my career, I had never played in a room that big or old. So it was special.

What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?

Right now it’s probably a bit on my album about the Vancouver aquarium. It’s just really repetitive and dumb but it’s all true and the bit kind of wrote itself on stage. I like when things develop that way.

What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics?

I’m usually finding new stuff on YouTube

Do you have anything to promote right now?

My comedy album Airports. Animals. (Arts & Crafts)

Where can we follow you? 

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Spotify

PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?

Aaron Read or Tin Lorica



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