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Friday, December 12, 2008

rip troy dixon


From Torontoist

Toronto's comedy community is paying respect to Troy Dixon, who was involved in a fatal car accident on the night of Saturday, December 6.

A Humber College comedy program grad, Dixon went on to do standup at clubs all over North America. The calm, relaxed comedian would often tackle sensitive subjects such as racial discrimination. "But he would approach it in a very nonchalant, matter-of-fact way," says former classmate and Sketchersons member Norm Sousa. "He went beyond standup," says comedian pal Dave Merheje. "He was very animated, and it wasn't even like he was trying to tell you a joke. He would act out situations as though he actually was the character he was playing."

He was perhaps best known for appearing on the videogame-based web sitcom Pure Pwnage as the Halo-obsessed Terence "T-Bag" Brown. The series, currently in its eighteenth episode, is filmed primarily in Toronto and has spawned an enormous cult following of gamers worldwide. One of the show's creators, Geoff Lapaire, who started filming episodes when we was a U of T student, says Dixon wasn't a huge gamer but liked Rock Band and Street Fighter. "He knew enough about gaming to talk to the fans." The future of his character is still undecided.