Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Candy's Daughter, Jennifer, in Toronto for Second City Expansion

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Candy's Daughter, Jennifer, in Toronto for Second City Expansion

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John Candy's daughter at Second City Toronto

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TORONTO - To hear John Candy's daughter tell it, the late Canadian comedy star was much like the characters he portrayed onscreen -- a gregarious family man who was equal parts prankster and serious parent.

"I always describe him closest to Uncle Buck," says Jennifer Candy, who has her dad's warm smile and contagious laugh.

"He was very serious, stern, tough love, but he knew how to have a good time."

Candy is in Toronto this week to celebrate a major expansion of the Second City Training Centre, which includes the 60-seat John Candy Box Theatre and seven new multimedia studios.

Her dad, who died in 1994, was a member of Toronto's Second City comedy troupe and starred in the "SCTV" series before breaking out with films including "Splash," "Cool Runnings," "Summer Rental" "Uncle Buck" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

In the John Candy Box Theatre is part of the wooden stage from the former Second City Toronto theatre -- known as the Old Firehall -- on which the comedy legend and his colleagues performed.

"It's nostalgic," says Candy, in an interview on the stage. "It kind of reminds me of when he was around and just also reminds me that he truly hasn't gone anywhere, really, in a sense."

Candy and wife Rosemary Hobor raised their daughter and son Christopher in Toronto until the mid-1980s, when they moved to Los Angeles. But Candy says the family still owns land in Queensville, Ont.

"We haven't gotten rid of that yet because it's still nice to have literal roots that are still here in Canada."

Candy, an actress based in Los Angeles, took classes with the Second City there and then studied with the troupe's conservatory in Chicago.

These days she still works with the troupe, conducting Q-and-A's with alumni through her "Couch Candy" stage series. She was to interview Robin Duke Thursday and Friday she'll talk to Eugene Levy at the Second City Toronto. …

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