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Gavin was born at the ripe old age of 0 in Taber, Alberta. After graduating from the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Gavin moved to Toronto where he quickly took the comedy scene by storm. His unique style of performing character monologues in a standup setting got him noticed by Toronto’s famed Second City, where he joined the cast in 1998 for two mainstage productions: Y2K: The Chip Hits the Fan and Nude Beachwear, 100% Off.
Gavin left Second City to co-create (with partner Kyle Tingley) and star in The Gavin Crawford Show on The Comedy Network. The Gavin Crawford Show was a critical success for the network, and during its three seasons Gavin created several of his enduring characters, including awkward teen Mark Jackson, fashion designer Uwe Meyer and Verna/Verdeen Howard. During this time Gavin also starred in the short-lived WB series Hype, but was lured back to Canada from Hollywood by an opportunity to fill in for Mary Walsh on the long-running CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes.