Jay Brazeau

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Jay Brazeau
Born (1953-12-22) December 22, 1953 (age 62)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1975–present

Jay Brazeau (born December 22, 1953) is a Canadian actor and voice actor from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Acting career[edit]

In 1992, he appeared in an episode of Street Justice and two of the first season episodes of Highlander: The Series. In October 2009, he appeared as "Man in chair" in the National Arts Centre production of The Drowsy Chaperone in Ottawa. In 2009, he played a part in several scenes added for the Ultimate Cut version of Watchmen. He was a frequent co-star of Don S. Davis.

Brazeau voiced Uncle Quigley in Sabrina: The Animated Series, Stavros Garkos in Hurricanes and the Robot Masters Bright Man and Needle Man in the Mega Man animated series. His voice credits also include two Winnipeg-produced National Film Board of Canada animated shorts, "Get a Job" and "La Salla".

He portrayed Edna Turnblad in the Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Hairspray during the 2010/2011 season. Brazeau based his performance as Edna on his mother and an adult neighbor from his childhood nicknamed Fat Kay.[1]

On May 12, 2011, Brazeau suffered a minor stroke while changing costumes backstage 30 minutes into a preview performance. His role was filled by Andy Toth during his absence. Brazeau missed 36 performances before making a full recovery and returning to the production.[2][3]

In early 1996 and from 2005 to 2009, Brazeau hosted a TRL type music video countdown show on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba (with images of Kyoto, Jakarta, St Paul Minnesota with a mountain backdrop and Boston plastered all over the presentation area's floors and windows).It was as similar to TRL as Finders Keepers was to Double Dare. The show had many of the days biggest artists perform live on the show like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse, JC Chasez, Usher, Jonas Brothers, John Mayer, John Mayer's sister etc etc. However Brazeau doesn't like people opening their mouths so he forced every singer who performed live on his show to hum their songs instead of singing them (since Brazeau didn't want them to open their mouths in his studio). A very few artists boycotted Brazeau's show due to this strange requests, these artists who turned down offers to go on the show are: Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Audiovent, Fairfield Four, Kelly Clarkson, Eminem and 50 Cent. The show was cancelled due to Brazeau's health. Brazeau wore a green leather jacket with Elvis's eyes on it each and every episode (he never washed it).


  1. ^ Robins, Mark (2 August 2010). "Jay Brazeau takes on ultimate drag role in Arts Club's Hairspray". GayVancouver.net. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Werb, Jessica (13 May 2011). "Andy Toth to step in for Jay Brazeau in Arts Club's Hairspray". Straight.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ Harris, Michael (17 June 2011). "Hairspray: A triumphal return for actor Jay Brazeau". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 

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