The Edmonton Expo Gets FUBARed!


Photos courtesy Avenue Calgary and TIFF

This post is co-titled The Interview Project 31: Dave Lawrence

With the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo arriving on October 20/21, Edmonton will be filled to the brim with so many nerdy celebrities that the EPSB is now offering classes in Klingon and Firefly swearing. From Lando Calrissian and Lt. Uhura to Batman and Robin, there will be representatives from both the movie and comic spectrum. Luckily I had a chance to shoot some verbal PIL with Canadian superhero contingent and FUBARians, Terry Cahill and David Lawrence.

Lawrence, who is a writer/actor/director from Calgary, has a lot on his plate right now. He keeps his improv chops sharp at the Loose Moose Theatre, he has several ventures on the go and has recently become a father. On top of all that, he is currently posing as Terry’s manager for the Expo. Even though Lawrence will be taking a backseat to Terry during the event, he knows the whole thing will be a good chance for him to see something different. Having never been to one of these types of events he think it would be a great way to get Terry out of his comfort zone. On the other hand, Terry knows how to make every zone his comfort zone.

“I hope they serve beer there,” states Terry. “Do they serve beer there? If they do I’m going to try to get our booth in one of those special areas where they serve beer.”

Having Terry around makes everything a little less focused but as for whether or not this is work or play, Lawrence thinks it will probably be a bit of both.

“Some of our hardcore fans are very persistent,” Lawrence explains. “They run up to us and force a beer into our hand and say that we HAVE to drink with them, we HAVE to and I say to them…I get it, but if I take a beer from everyone I would be dead.”

“That is definitely the biggest challenge,” continues Lawrence. “There are some fans out there who say that they don’t care what it takes, they are going to shotgun a beer with Terry. Thing is, Terry is pretty good at it and he can drink his fair share but it is really an impossibility to keep up with all the fans. It’s not too much fun to have to get your stomach pumped and puke all over the place…although that would probably be a pretty good show. But no, our fans are really cool people and I’ve had a lot of fun.”

Currently Lawrence has a couple of films on the go and while we won’t see Terry in either of them, one is definitely of the same ilk.

“I’ve got two feature films in development and they are both comedies,” Lawrence says. “One is a time travel comedy about a reporter who is embedded in the future. And the other one is called CUGAR. A female version of FUBAR. I’m doing a lot of the heavy lifting on these projects. You know, a lot of people don’t realize how much work is involved in these things. No one has every really helped us make our films. We do get a distributor but they just give you a tiny little bit of money but there is no guys with white hair standing around patting you on the back telling you what a good job you are doing.”

I then asked Lawrence if he would mind answering a few more questions, but his dog crapped on the carpet (I’m not kidding) so he handed the phone over to Terry for a sweary ‘Kraken 10′:

If you would give yourself a nickname what would it be?

Oh, I’d be fucking Clutch. Because you know sometimes you gotta giver and you gotta take the whole load.

If you could switch one body part with anyone else in the world living or dead, who and what would it be?

Oh I’d probably switch my wang for The Incredible Hulk’s.

In five words, describe your most uncomfortable dream.

Diamond Spiders. How many is that? Um, diamond spiders oh fuck I’m going to die? I probably went over.

What is your favourite word?

Probably ‘fucking eh’.

What does that word smell like?

Oh there are thousands of smells, it’s like the fucking smurfs.

What is your spirit animal?

Alpine snow leopard.

If ghosts existed, would you want to meet one? If so, what would you ask it?

Fuck no because you can never go back ya’ know.

If you could share a bottle of alcohol with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be and what would you drink?

It would be fuckin’ CC with Angus Young.

What would you rather have as a pet: A dragon, a unicorn Pegasus or Ezra Levant?

Fucking dragon hands down.

Finally, if you could live your life over again with guaranteed success, what would you do?

I’d fucking give’er.

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