Gavin Crawford is a Gemini award winner, probably best known for his role on CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
The outgoing actor and comedian doesn't shy away from controversy. He currently stars in a new play, I Have AIDS!, in Toronto.
Crawford likes to experiment on the road, too. He was one of the first to jump on the hybrid bandwagon a few years ago. That's when he bought his 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid.
"The technology of the hybrid was interesting to me. I've driven a couple of the Ford Escapes - I liked the way they drive, it was the right size and available in a hybrid, plus they were having a big sale.
"It says I'm an early adopter of technology. I like when new technologies come out and to be a part of testing them out," says the Lethbridge, Alta., native who now divides his time between Toronto and Halifax.
"If you're driving in Toronto most of the time you're just sitting in traffic and I don't like the emissions that it puts out when you're idling.
"The hybrid I like 'cause mostly in the city it drives in the electric mode or just shuts off completely if you're at a light. So it's nice to know that you're not spewing anything into the atmosphere.
"My favourite is when I'm sitting at a stoplight in the city and it just goes dead quiet."
There are some compromises with the Escape hybrid. "It doesn't have the same pick-up as if it were a non-hybrid.
"You can pass on a whim if you need to, but you can really feel it. While some other cars I've driven you step on the gas and you're away," says the 38-year-old who also hosted the reality series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? on CBC last summer.
Before the Ford hybrid, Crawford was a loyal Volkswagen guy. His first car was a 1986 VW Jetta. He had it for six years and logged more than 200,000 km on it.
"I probably would still have it if it didn't get stolen and wrecked. They found it somewhere in a ditch in northern Quebec one day," he laughs. "I was at a photo shoot in Toronto and I thought, 'Oh no! My car has been towed!' But sadly, no.
"It was a write-off and I had to get a different car. But I loved that little car."
So he bought another VW - a 1994 Golf that he drove for 10 years and then sold to a friend. "This interview is making me feel old. When I go through all the cars I've had and how long I've had them for," laughs Crawford, who has been nominated four times for a Gemini. He won in 2004 for his work on his series, The Gavin Crawford Show.
Crawford loves the open road. "I once drove in the Jetta from Vancouver down to California, across the bottom of the states, up to Toronto, over to Cape Cod and back across Canada one summer, just camping.
"It took about two months. We took a tent and drove everywhere we possibly could."
When driving, he's hooked on local radio. "It's sometimes odd because if you're deep in the States your choice is only country or strange Christian, really right-wing, radio.
"I find it sort of horrifying and unbelievable the right-wing talk radio in the States, but once I turn it on I can't stop listening to it."
He's easily distracted on the road, too. "I often get honked at stop lights 'cause the light turns red and it's just long enough for me to start thinking about some lines or something funny and I'll go off to my own little special place," he laughs.
"Some of the best monologues I've ever come up with, I've come up with when I'm driving.
"There's something about whenever I get behind the wheel that makes me try on different characters because I'm by myself and no one can hear me talking. It probably looks really strange from the outside."
Crawford started driving at a young age. "I grew up in southern Alberta so it's a prerequisite that you need to drive at a fairly early age because everything is so far apart out West. I got my learner's permit when I was 14 and drove solidly since then."
But it took him a while to pass the test. "I had to take my driver's licence [test]six times because I did something illegal every time.
"I think the guy at the driver's testing place just hated me. It was always the same guy. One time I stopped at an uncontrolled intersection and the guy said 'No. You didn't stop all the way. Your tires were still rolling. That's an automatic failure! ...
"Once I went 40 through a 35 school zone, but it was early in the morning when school was in session and nobody was out. That again - automatic failure.
"Then I went to a different place, got a different tester and passed," says Crawford, who graduated from the University of British Columbia's BFA Acting Program.
Crawford also taught his partner Kyle Tingley the rules of the road in the Jetta. "When I met him, he didn't have his licence and, being from Alberta, I thought that's crazy!
"You have to learn how to drive. We spent a lot of time in the Woodbine parking lot after hours or when it was closed and empty. It was a standard. I think he really hurt the clutch on it," he laughs.
Crawford has no plans of parting with his Escape hybrid, yet. "I tend to drive cars for a long time - I don't like to trade in a car every two years. It's not super important to me to have something new and flashy. I like to have something that's good, solid, and reliable."
But another VW has caught his eye. "I really like those Volkswagen GTIs - there's something about that souped-up sportiness.
"Right now, if you brought me the keys to one of those little GTIs, I'd be really happy."