Bracebridge comedian Tyler Morrison has rubbed elbows with more than his fair share of celebrities during his career, but a recent evening spent with wrestling royalty and a legendary Leaf’s enforcer is going to be hard to top.
This past weekend, Morrison was in Nashville for the comedy roast of wrestling icon Ric Flair. Morrison was joined by former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, and former Bracebridge resident Josh Alexander, a pro wrestler who was on the card for Flair’s final match.
“The roast went really well for me. I think the fans that were in attendance enjoyed my set and I had so much fun doing it,” says Morrison, who has been a part of several celebrity roasts during his comedy career. “Having the opportunity to be part of roasting an icon like Ric Flair and experience the behind-the-scenes of his last match is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
With a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ric Flair is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
Morrison said he landed the gig largely due to his recent stint on Roast Battle Canada Season 2, and a series of comedy roasts he did for another wrestling icon – the Iron Sheik – in Toronto, Hamilton and New York City.
“I was able to establish myself on those and that’s where I met Page and Jian Magen from …Magen Boys Entertainment who manage the Iron Sheik,” says Morrison. “Page was a producer on the Ric Flair roast and is the one who made this opportunity happen, connecting me to all the team down at Starrcast, Thuzio by Triller and FITE TV.”
Despite the intensity of the weekend, and the blistering insults that are part and parcel of a comedy roast, Morrison says Flair was a good sport about the entire event.
“In person Ric was incredibly nice to me and gracious,” he says.
Just as important for Morrison was getting the chance to work with former NHLer Tie Domi, who was also a part of the roast.
“Tie Domi is just the best. Being from Canada, that was just as exciting as meeting Ric,” says Morrison. “Both are legendary figures in sports and entertainment.”
Morrison wasn’t the only Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School graduate to take part in the roast.
Josh Alexander is a long-time pro wrestler, and currently the reigning champ with Impact Wrestling. Alexander was also in the ring as part of Flair’s final fight card. Morrison said it was fantastic to see two Bracebridge residents taking part in such a major event.
“It’s pretty cool to see how well he’s doing,” said Morrison. “He’s already on his way to being a big star in wrestling.”
You can view the whole event for yourself on pay-per-view here.
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