First, he is blessed to come from a long line of talented storytellers. Secondly, he was fortunate to have been born in the beautiful town of Georgetown, PEI, a town full of unique characters and where a good sense of humour is a prerequisite for citizenship.
It is a rare combination that would be like to winning the Lotto 6/49 and the Tag on the same ticket.
It has allowed Denny to become an expert storyteller who unabashedly celebrates the personalities and quirks of the people who surrounded him as a child. Denny’s stories are told with a love and respect for the town where he grew up, and with an understanding that can only come from having been an intimate part of it all.
Denny inherited the storytelling gene. His father Lionel, along with his uncles Jack and Donald, were legendary storytellers from eastern PEI. The King family traces its roots back to Boughton Island, a small now deserted Island located in the mouth of the Cardigan Bay. Deserted islands are often connected with special treasures. The true bounty of Boughton Island is the gift of story.
On “the Isle” members of the King family would observe, relate, create and deliver funny and magical stories, poems and anecdotes. Many of those stories live on today and can be heard throughout Denny’s performances. In addition, Denny humourously recounts the stories of his own life, having grown up with seven siblings, in a three-bedroom house, before cable television, internet, video games or cell phones.
When he isn’t telling stories, Denny owns and operates a communications consulting firm in Charlottetown, PEI and serves as the play by play broadcaster for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers hockey team.
Denny lives in Brookfield, PEI with his wife Jana Hemphill. They have two sons Jacob (21), Callum (9) and one daughter Camdyn (12).