Dy-No-Mite time coming to Kamloops
One day in rehearsal for a new Norman Lear comedy, one of the characters uttered the word “dynamite.”
He didn’t say it that way.
It came out more like “Dy-No-Mite!”
The show’s director heard him, liked it and thought they could work it into the series.
And, ever since, Jimmie Walker has been known for that one word.
Walker, one of the stars of the popular 1970s series Good Times, will bring his explosive sense of humour to Kamloops Convention Centre for a show on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.
However, Walker’s beginnings were far from funny.
Born in a New York City ghetto, he dreamed of playing pro basketball, but never had the physique to make it.
He quit school to take on odd jobs, but was determined to finish his education, which led to his enrolment in a program for students who weren’t in full-time learning.
To work on his grammar skills, Walker started writing — and discovered he was funny.
Eventually, he started out doing standup at the same time people like Bette Midler, David Brenner and Steve Landesberg were sharing the stage, looking for their big breaks.
Walker’s big break almost didn’t happen; his friends were scheduled to do the Jack Paar Show, but Midler, Brenner and Landesberg refused to do the gig unless Walker was included.
They won, he did his improv and a contract with CBS followed.
Tickets for the 19-plus show are $30 plus taxes and service charges and are on sale at the Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne St.
Call 250-374-5483 or go online here.