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Jon Dore is content playing second banana—for now

JOHN INTINI June 7 2004
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Jon Dore is content playing second banana—for now

JOHN INTINI June 7 2004

Jon Dore is content playing second banana—for now

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JOHN INTINI

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When asked about his wacky sense of humour, Jon Dore looks across the table with an intense—albeit phony—glare. “I prefer to call it highbrow,” deadpans Dore, Canadian Idol's criminally underused comic relief. “OK, maybe it’s a lower brow than the highest, but it’s certainly in the brows.”

The Ottawa-born, Toronto-based comic has been working on his sometimes edgy, sometimes annoying shtick for six years. Following a diploma in TV broadcasting from Algonquin College, Dore fronted a local cable show in Ottawa for three years and has been

honing his skills at clubs across Canada. But Idol is his first truly national gig. While he auditioned for the host position, his role as Ben Mulroney’s sidekick suits him just fine. “I like being the resident goofball,” says Dore, 28, “as opposed to the face representing the entire show.”

‘I don’t think prime time is ready for Jon. He’s just so dry and dark.’ -Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner

And top billing will likely come. Dore sees himself hosting a talk show and jokes about creating a cartoon. “It would be about an undercover crime-fighting team made up of a potato and a cob of corn,” he says. “I’d call it Starchy and Husk.”