The List: 10 things the star of Gerry Dee: Sports Reporter and the new CBC sitcom Mr. D can’t live without
1| My alma mater
I spent 13 years at De La Salle College, first as a student and then as a gym teacher. It was a great job to have when I was pursuing comedy. I could take time off for gigs, and eventually I took a leave of absence that I never returned from. I plan to send my kids there, too.
2| My BioSteel
It’s an electrolyte drink developed by Matt Nichol, the former strength coach for the Leafs. A lot of high-level athletes are drinking it now instead of Gatorade. I drank it when I was filming my sitcom and working 14-hour days.
3| My running route
I run up the hill near my house (the big one at Wilson and Yonge) twice a day. It’s a pretty tough hill—it takes 10 minutes, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.
4| My Infant of Prague
I’ve had this statue of Jesus as a child since I was five or six. My mom would always tuck it into my bag when I moved or went travelling. I’m not an excessively religious person, but this figurine helps me remember my Roman Catholic faith.
5| My sauna
When you have two kids under five running around, it’s nice to be able to shut the door and sit alone for 10 minutes. It clears my mind and my pores at the same time.
6| My Callaway golf clubs
I started playing when I was 12, and I’ve competed at the provincial and national levels. I belong to the National Golf Club of Canada in Woodbridge. What can I say, I’m addicted.
7| My daughter’s bear
My younger daughter is two years old, and without her teddy bear she is very unhappy. If she’s unhappy, my wife and I are unhappy. We always have to know where it is. We tried to order another as a backup, but we can’t seem to find an identical one.
8| My sweet fix
I always like to finish meals off with a treat. A chocolate chip cookie does the trick. I can usually stop at just one, unless they’re homemade—then one cookie becomes five quickly.
9| My Greens Plus
I don’t eat cooked vegetables. I use this powdered drink instead. I do make my kids eat greens though, and they always complain that Daddy doesn’t have to eat them. I tell them that I drink my veggies, which they find even more disgusting.
10| My steak habit
I’m a big Keg guy. I worked there for 10 years. I go two or three times a month—every time I’m in another city, I’ll check to see if they have one. They even hooked me up with a discount card because I go so often. I usually get the filet mignon with peppercorn sauce.