In recent years, Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais has made his way into the hearts of the public by participating in various youth programs such as “ALT”, “Code G” and “Conseils de famille”. He also stood out thanks to the web series “The Delivery Man”.
Funny and relevant, he sings and knows how to play several instruments. This winter, he is alongside Pier-Luc Funk and Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc on the program “Sans rancune” on TVA. Interview with this new face of humor.
Pierre-Yves, what does your participation in “Sans rancune” represent for you?
I feel pampered. It makes me really happy to be part of such a beautiful project that allows us to do a lot of things, like comedy, “stand-up”, or song. I am fortunate to be doing television at this time when bringing humor to the stage is next to impossible. It’s a great variety show, really interesting to do. As we shoot in front of an audience, I find the same adrenaline as when I do the stage. It feeds me.
The host of this show is your good friend Pier-Luc Funk. What does it mean to you to work with him?
I love! Pier-Luc is an old friend. In life, we have a lot of fun together and we make each other laugh. It is therefore a great pleasure to find myself on the same set as him. I find him impressive, he is so in control. Same thing for Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, whom I did not know, and with whom it really clicked. This girl is very funny and she can do anything, that impresses me. Collaborating with two such versatile artists is an advantage: it allows me to learn my profession even more.
We see you more and more, both on stage and on the small screen. How did this desire to make humor come about?
When I was very young, it was already clear to me. When I was 11, I knew I wanted to be a comedian. I am the youngest of three children and I was the little comedian of the family. It followed me, and I never gave up on this idea. After practicing improvisation a lot, I studied at the National School of Humor from 2015 to 2017, then everything happened. I found myself on television in children’s shows and I also participated in galas on stage. I am lucky because I have never stopped working since I left school.
What do you remember from these first three years of your career?
It was amazing and everything happened very quickly. I feel like I’m improving, learning and getting better. I’m lucky to be able to do something other than performing right now, and that’s good, because otherwise I would be scared and really looking forward to the shows starting over. Being able to practice my profession on television and radio is a real joy. It was all fast, but I couldn’t have hoped for a better entry into the profession.
Who were your idols of youth?
My primary passion has always been humor on stage. My idols were Louis-José Houde and the Denis Drolets, and I loved the Chick’n Swells and what they were doing on television. I was also drawn to the small screen because I was a big fan of sketch shows, like “The Appendices”. But it is certain that the “one man show” is my ultimate goal; so this is the next step.
Where is this project at?
I am more than ready! I will get started as soon as the pandemic is over. I had already started running my numbers in small venues and doing different tests, we were preparing for the tour. But the pandemic put a stop to all of that. As soon as possible, I will present my first show. I can’t wait for people to discover me on stage.
What is your humor like?
It’s hard to describe it … I don’t want to freak out saying it doesn’t look like anything. I like to say that my humor is very annoying: I vacillate between traditional “stand-up” and song. It will be a very explosive show in which I will try to use all the strings of my bow on stage.
You did youth TV when you started. What do you remember from this experience?
It was my first school and an incredible experience. This is where I was able to learn my trade. The youth audience is great, and it’s really fun to work with them. The show “14 thousand million things to know” was a great madness and a project of which I am really proud. I loved doing children’s programs, the reaction from the young people was very strong and I developed a great special contact with them.
You studied in television. Did you deviate from your plan to become a comedian for a while?
There was a period when I wanted to work in television. I wanted to be a director, and my desire to be a comedian was more or less extinct. In CEGEP, I studied music – I wanted to be a musician – and at university, I became interested in communications. But humor quickly returned to the gallop. I started taking night classes at the School of Humor while during the day I wrote stand-up texts and prepared for my auditions for admission. But the music is still there; I play several instruments and it serves me well on stage. Lately, I even released an album of humorous songs that lasts less than 10 minutes, called “Songs”.
Your career took off quickly. Was it easier than you thought?
Seriously, I haven’t had difficult years … I quickly found a job – and I’m happy because I worked hard to make it happen – but I consider myself lucky and I am far from complain. So yeah, it was a lot easier than I thought. I was also offered a program that had been tailor-made for me, it sounded so similar to me: the web series “The Delivery Man”. I got to play it with a lot of big names and it was a pleasure.
What are you most proud of so far?
To be able to do things that look like me. When you’re a young comedian, you want to work, you want people to come and see us in a show. It’s a luxury to be able to participate in projects that really appeal to me and that make me known to the general public without having the impression of making compromises. I’m proud of it. It is precious to be able to bring your universe and to be able to remain creative in different projects.
How are you coping with the pandemic?
The pandemic, it took me away from the scene, to my dismay. But it also led me to explore elsewhere. I started doing stuff on the internet, like songs, and I like it. It then gave me plenty of other possibilities. It also allows me to keep my humorous writing muscle well developed. All this while waiting for a big “boom” with my first show. It will be the climax, the ultimate project where the public will discover who I am 100%.
“Without rancune”, Wednesday 8 pm, at TVA. To follow the comedian’s activities: facebook.com/ pierreyvesroydesmarais.