The influences in young Andrew Duvall's life carried many names, each more powerful than the last.
Uhura. Sulu. McCoy. Spock. Kirk. Great-grandmother.
Starting at about age 6, Duvall would visit his great-grandmother in a town just outside Toronto, where the two would take in the latest rerun of "Star Trek." He didn't know it then, but the show would spark a lifelong love of sci-fi that would eventually lead him to Burbank and national TV.
First, he had to get through school, a slog made more arduous by a compelling lack of interest in school subjects. Comedy, however, was something he could get behind.
By high school, he moved to Georgia, where a bar would host lunchtime open-mic events. Every day, the 17-year-old kid from Canada skipped class to try out material on lunch-break locals. At 17, he didn't have a whole lot of life experience, so his set mainly consisted of other comedians' jokes and riffs on "Star Trek" episodes.