Principal MIke Callaghan is the principal everyone both fears and admires. He is a man who rides a motorcycle, speaks fluent Russian, has fished off the coast of Africa, and knows Israeli martial arts.
Booth Savage (born in Fredericton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian film, stage, and television actor. He graduated with an MFA from York University in 1992. He is in the Canadore College Theatre program faculty. He is best known to Canadian TV viewers for his role as Team Canada head coach Harry Sinden in the CBC miniseries Canada Russia '72. In 1987 he won a Gemini Award "Best Actor in a Leading Role" as Felix Batterinski in Alan King's "The Last Season".
He is also a playwright; his plays, 'Savage Heat', 'DADS', 'Reversing Falls', 'Pillow Talk', 'Pajama Games', and 'This Bloody Business', have been performed on stages across Canada. As a stage actor he is an original member of Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille and Toronto Free Theatre. He has performed in over 100 plays in every province and territory in Canada, with the exception of Yukon.
Mr. Cheeley is the obsessively conscientious Vice Principal at Xavier Academy. Robert believes that there are few people more important than the Vice-Principal of Xavier Academy.
This year alone, in addition to playing Robert Cheeley on Mr. D., he was the host of Wipeout Canada (TVTropolis), shot the 26-episode third season of TV with TV's Jonathan Torrens (TVTropolis), on which - in addition to hosting - he serves as writer/producer/director. And he's just finished shooting the third season of the multi-award winning Jason Priestley sitcom Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada).
Before that, Torrens was seen as "Gerald" on Spike TV's popular reality show parody Joe Schmo 2. Hosting stints include both The Kids Are in Charge (Travel Channel U.S.) and Popularity Contest (CMT U.S.), as well as co-anchoring and reporting on Reality Remix (Fox Reality Channel's daily flagship show) and making frequent appearances on the E! Network's popular 50 Most...clip shows.
The 2008 theatrical release of Trailer Park Boys; Countdown to Liquor Day wrapped up a 7 season, 2 feature film Gemini Award nominated run for Jonathan as J-Roc (a culturally-misguided wannabe rapper) on the hit Showcase series.
In Canada, Jonathan's sketch, host and writing work on five seasons (225 episodes) of Jonovision earned a total of 7 Gemini Award nominations, including Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Series and Best Comedy Series.
By day, Trudy Walsh is the gatekeeper and last line of defense to Principal Callaghan's office. She runs her post with an iron fist, a soft heart and a sense of style that brings to mind the crowded dance floor of a 70's disco.
By night, Trudy Walsh is the lead singer of a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Sleetwood Knack...... enough said.
Gemini Award winner for her CBC TV performance in the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, has been making Canadians laugh on TV, radio, and stage for over twenty years.The Chronicle Herald has called her "a superlative actress, a polished ad libber... making the audience howl with delight" and she has received accolades for her one-woman shows and numerous television appearances.
Bette has co-hosted the ECMA awards show, appeared at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival and was a long-time favourite headliner at the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest. Her comic collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia was so successful, it was brought back for an unprecedented encore two-night performance the following season.
For the past five years, Bette along with husband Maynard Morrison, has won standing O's and critical acclaim for their hilarious holiday show 'Tis The Season which has been selling out major halls across the province since its inception. The husband and wife team has recently developed a Valentine's show featuring comedy and music accompanied by the Joe Waye trio.
After years of 'subbing', Gerry finally gets a 'real' teaching position at one of the city's most prestigious private schools. The only thing wrong with the scenario is that the school has no openings for a gym teacher.
This means Gerry's dream of using his kinesiology degree to play dodge ball for a living will have to be put aside. Instead, he'll be focusing on Grade 5 to 12 Social Studies, a subject area in which he has no formal teacher training, and basically no knowledge.
Gerry Dee began his comedy career in a very different fashion.
Born in Scarborough, Ontario the son of Scottish immigrant parents, Gerry spent 10 years as a high school phys-ed teacher before making his move to standup comedy in 1999. Since that time, Gerry has performed regularly all over Canada and the United States and in such far away places as Scotland, Dubai and South Africa. Gerry can also be seen weekly on the Score Network with his popular character Gerry Dee Sports Reporter
Recently, in October of 2008, Gerry won Best Male Comic and Best Taped Live Performance at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Also, in June Gerry's one hour television special Gerry Dee - No Reading Ahead premiered on Comedy Central in the United States.
Gerry currently lives in Toronto with his wife Heather and their daughters Aly and Faith.
For more information visit his website.
Paul Dwyer the most popular teacher at Xavier Academy.
The kids love him, his English and Music classes, his impressions, and his stories about the charity work he does abroad. He's a good listener, has a great rapport with the students, and is known throughout Xavier Academy as the beloved "Mr. D".
Wes Williams is one of the finest actors in the country, says award-winning, Canadian film director Gail Harvey. An inductee into the Scarborough Walk of Fame, Wes is also the recipient of The 2003 Reel World Film Festival Trailblazer Award. He appears alongside an all-star cast, including Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), in the George F. Walker/ Dani Romain HBO Canada drama series 'The Line'. Wes was praised for his portrayal of Tony Bogard in 'Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story' which also starred Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx as the former gang leader/ Nobel Prize nominee. He has appeared in several other film and television projects including 'Poor Boy's Game', 'Instant Star', 'Four Brothers', 'Soul Food' and 'Paid In Full'.
He has received two Juno Awards and his albums have reached gold and platinum status. His signature song 'Let Your Backbone Slide' remains the only Canadian Hip Hop single to ever go gold. Wes has always been community oriented and has made a serious impact on his country in many different capacities. He continues to support several charitable organizations such as War Child, Save The Children, Covenant House, Special Olympics, Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) and The African AIDS Society. He will release his first book, 'Stick To Your Vision', in 2010.
Like Gerry, Lisa is starting her full-time teaching career at Xavier.
Lisa is pretty, smart and highly qualified but she hates for people not to like her and she lacks confidence. She is intimidated by her students and over-thinks many of the decisions she makes. Lisa is the fellow social studies teacher whose "French teacher hotness" is hidden from Gerry by her cardigans and studiousness. She's often not impressed by his antics with some of the students, parents and other teachers but once in awhile he reveals a genuine concern for his kids and their welfare which touches her. And he always makes her laugh - sometimes intentionally.
Since moving from stand up comedy into acting fulltime, Lauren Hammersley has been tearing up the screen. In 2010 she starred in the feature film Stag alongside Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Jon Dore (The Jon Dore Television Show), in addition to guest starring on Showcase's Single White Spenny starring Spencer Rice.
In 2011, Lauren joined the cast of CBC's Mr. D in the lead role of Lisa, and is eagerly awaiting for the show's premiere in January 2012.
Also a skilled photographer, her work can be seen at laurenhammersley.com
Bobbi is the head of the gym department at Xavier Academy.
She excels at disciplining kids, she is organized and thorough, and she sees right through Mr. D.
An actor/writer/improviser/voice-over/director, Naomi is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto where she wrote/performed in five hit shows. She has performed in theatre across Canada including The Arts Club in Vancouver, The Belfry in Victoria, Buddies in Bad Times and Canadian Stage in Toronto. Naomi directed Chelsea Menders in the award winning Naughty Little Children and the Touring Co. at Second City.
As a writer, she has written for Trish Stratus for Walk of Fame and Nelly Furtado for The Junos. TV and film credits include Da Kink in My Hair, Degrassi, Train 48, Regenesis, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Ron James Show, Being Erica, Wingin' It, She's the Mayor, Reel Love, SAW 3D, Haven, Life with Boys and The Listener! Naomi's voice has been on CBC Radio's Canadia, as Aunt Turtle in Franklin the Turtle and in Cat in The Hat. She is a founding member of 3 time Canadian Comedy Award winning troupe The National Theatre of the World.com and performs/produces: Impromptu Splendor, The Carnegie Hall Show, The Scriptease Project and The Soaps. The troupe just came back from NYC where they performed at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Naomi also produces, writes and stars in the web series TheCastingRoom.biz. She can be seen in Martin Shorts special "I Martin Short" and has a recurring role in the new Trailer Park Boys series "Drunk and on Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour. Naomi won the CCA for best female improviser in 2010.
Simon Hunt is in his second year as a Science and Math teacher at Xavier Academy. He makes the terrible mistake of using Gerry as a role model. Simon is Gerry's partner in crime, mostly because Gerry can get him to do whatever he wants.
Simon is fascinated by life, science, and all members of the opposite sex, although he doesn't tend to be very successful with women. His fascination with every aspect of science makes him go off topic easily and his non sequiturs are often frustrating to Gerry.
The comedian, actor and writer did improv in Vancouver for five years before moving to Halifax to further his comedy career (as one does). He became fluent in stand-up and sketch comedy and, in 2006, he was voted Halifax's Best Comic. He would win that award for four years running.
In 2009, Mark won Canada's top two stand-up comedy competitions: the Just For Laughs Homegrown Competition and the Yuk Yuk's Great Canadian Laugh Off, which came with a $25,000 grand prize. Mark was pleased.
Mark is one of the founding members of the sketch comedy group Picnicface, whose television show (Picnicface) currently airs on The Comedy Network. Picnicface also released a book (Picnicface's Canada, HarperCollins) in November 2011 (currently available at Chapters and on Amazon, and probably other places), and a movie, Rollertown, which Mark co-wrote and starred in, and which D Films is distributing. He has also written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and starred in one episode of Jason Priestly's HBO series Call Me Fitz.
Wayne Leung is the stern librarian at Xavier Academy who has a vendetta against Gerry.
Leung became a librarian because he preferred books to people. Ironically -- and unfortunately -- he ended up as a school librarian where he is expected to interact with staff and students on a daily basis. He communicates as little as possible, snapping a little sometimes and parcels his words out one word at a time.
For those who think Oakville, Ontario is the most boring place on Earth (a) you've never been to Sackville and (b) at least it gave us Mark Forward.
From the start Mark was a breakout talent, being a finalist for the Phil Hartman Award and the 2005 Canadian Comedy Award-winner for Best Stand-up Newcomer.
In 2006, he kept winning with a stop at the Just For Laughs Festival, where he won the Homegrown Comic Competition, and the Halifax Comedy Festival, where he is now making his third appearance.
He was also on the writing staff of The Comedy Network's hit show The Jon Dore Television Show for 2 seasons for which he received his second Canadian Comedy Award in 2008 for Writing on a TV Series.
Mark is also a familiar face for numerous commercials and appearances on shows like "The Newsroom", "Doc, Degrassi: The Next Generation" and on his own Comedy Now! special. He's appeared on the Lifetime series "Double Wedding", and The Movie Network's "Living In Your Car".
Malik is the janitor at Xavier Academy.
He speaks with a heavy accent although no one has been able to understand him enough to get a clear idea of exactly where he is from. Malik has taken a liking to Gerry and so Gerry, to his own dismay, has become Malik's favourite confidant even though Malik's ramblings are completely unintelligible to Gerry. Malik keeps the school running and no one wants to acknowledge how little of what he says they can actually understand. Malik cannot bear Robert Cheeley -- who he calls "Mr. Cheeto".
Bill represents the life Gerry left behind. Bill still works at Barrel's as a bartender. He parties every night. He sleeps with as many women as possible (and in Bill's case the world seems full of possibility). Nothing ever fazes Bill.
Gerry brings his problems to Bill who is happy to help, but Bill's assistance tends to make a problem bigger. Bottom line -- Bill is a good pal who is always there for Gerry, although not always -- actually never -- on time.
A familiar face on television, Darrin Rose is one of the stars of the upcoming CBC sitcom Mr. D, and is featured on MuchMusic's Video On Trial. He has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards, as Best Male Stand-Up in 2011 and Best Newcomer in 2007. He has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He has twice performed at the Just For Laughs festival, plus the Halifax Comedy Festival, and his one man show "What's Potpourri?" received four stars at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2010. His half hour stand up special debuted on CTV/Comedy Network in 2011.
Darrin was nominated for two Canadian Screenwriting Awards for comedy, in 2009 and 2010. In 2004, he was nominated for the Tim Sims Award as one of the best new comics in Toronto. He tours across Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to NBC and MuchMusic, he has appeared on the Comedy Network, CBC, Britain's NutsTV, XM Satellite Radio, and MTV Live.
Jeff is the spitting image of Gerry, so much so they could be twins -- at least that's what Gerry thinks. Jeff can't see it.
Luckily no one except Gerry seems to find the resemblance confusing, or see the similarity between the men at all. This is especially true when Jeff is wearing a "smedium" t-shirt to show off his triathlete body.
Brian is thrilled to be a part of the first season of 'Mr. D'. He caught the acting bug while studying at Queens University and, after appearing in a couple films featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed his dreams to NYC.
Brian trained for 3 years at the renowned Esper Studio and teamed with fellow graduates to form a theatre company "the Collective". While in NYC, he performed in a number of off-broadway plays and shared the stage with top comics such as Amy Schumer, Michael Ian Black and the late Mike DeStefano.
Brian also developed into one of New York 's finest 3 card monte players. He continues to work in film and television.