He's Yellowknife's "favourite son and hometown hero."
At least that's what Alex Sparling calls himself, with a distinctive hint of humour.
The 27-year-old was born and raised in Yellowknife, moving to Vancouver about six years ago to pursue his comedy career. Since then he's done his standup routine on countless stages, and most recently made it to the finals in an NBC showcase.
Sparling says he started out doing standup for Sir John Franklin High School's talent shows ("Falcon for life!" he exclaims during a phone interview).