Darryl Hinds knew at a young age that he wanted to be an entertainer. He used to make his classmates double over with laughter in elementary school and friends would always approach him for good joke.
“I had a calling at a young age and I decided that was what I wanted to pursue as a career,” said Hinds who is completing his fifth and final run on The Second City’s main stage.
The Second City is the world’s premier comedy theatre and school of improvisation.
Hinds studied Practical Acting at Sheridan College and Drama Theory at the University of Toronto and performed with the sketch comedy troupe – Electric Boogaloo – at Toronto clubs.
It was while performing at the Tim Sims playhouse – the cabaret space located within The Second City building – that Hinds caught the attention of the comedy club’s stage manager.
“After being asked to audition, I started touring with The Second City Education Company that goes to schools,” he said. “After that, I started to perform for corporate events and boat cruises before I made it on the main stage where I was given the opportunity to write and perform and hone my skills.”
Hinds, who has appeared on CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie, left The Second City this month to expand his career.
“It has been a hectic schedule, performing six nights a week,” said the 32-year-old new father who lives in downtown Toronto with his wife. “The Second City has been a dream come true, but now it’s time to move on.”
Hinds’ Jamaican-born parents migrated to Canada in 1969. His father owns a security company while his mother is a bank manager.
“I am proud of my Jamaican roots and I have been there on several occasions because we have a lot of family there still,” he added.