A long-time entertainer, Simmons believes it is what he was born to do.
"If I go way back, I used to practise by making my sister laugh," he says, noting that his real start as a professional entertainer would come later when, as a 20-year-old Manitoba Hydro clerk, he would start singing in rock bands. It was the only entertainment outlet he could find at the time.
"So I sort of came in the back door," says Simmons, explaining that he would start to add hats and hand motions to his rock performances.
"I soon found comedy was what the audience liked," says Simmons, whose performances (and hats) would continue to evolve.
Simmons says that hearing the laughter he has inspired is certainly the medicine that has kept him going in the business for 36 years.
"Standing on stage listening to people laugh is my elixir of life," says Simmons, who compares his shows to Christmas in that they "start off exciting and finish with a big surprise."
As for his upcoming show at Brock, Simmons says the audience can expect some old and new inventions never before seen in Ontario, along with some new and classic songs.
He added that with plenty of family in the area and a fondness for the theatre, he is looking forward to the visit.
"It's going to be great to be back out there!"
Written by Steve Henschel, courtesy of our media sponsor Niagara This Week. www.niagarathisweek.com
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