Gabe Kea: "I'm not Canadian, I just do Canadian things."
By the age of four, comic Gabe Kea
got his first mention in The New York Times
, but the occasion was no joke: His father, Dutch-born Blues defenseman Ed Kea
, was being profiled
In 1983, Kea père
had hit his head on the ice during a Blues farm club game. The injury left him with aphasia (i.e., difficulty processing or producing language) and ended his athletic career.
Bolstered by his family and Christian faith, he recovered, but tragedy struck again in 1999 when he drowned accidentally in a lake near his family's summer property in Ontario, Canada.
As for Gabe Kea, he was raised by his mother and grew up with his three siblings in Chesterfield. He attended Westminster Christian Academy
, then found his true calling: selling insurance. Realizing that was a horrible false alarm, he stumbled into standup comedy.
He recently moved to Cincinnati, but you can catch him tonight at Brennan's
and Monday night at Off Broadway
. Daily RFT: So your father was born in the Netherlands, then grew up in Canada. But you grew up here in St. Louis. So I'm confused. Why do you say "aboot" and "sore-y" and wear Quebec Nordiques shirts on stage? Are you Canadian? What's your deal?
: No I'm not Canadian. I just do Canadian stuff all the time!
I have one story
from when I went to Canada. And it was about how Canadians talk. But in
Canada that's what all comedy is. Canadian comedy revolves around
America. Yeah, definitely put that in print. We'll start some