Dan was born in Victoria, B.C. and attended the University of Calgary, where he joined the varsity volleyball team. From this, he moved on to playing professional volleyball in Holland, then moved to Australia to join his brother. He took up a new career there, becoming a professional photographer. While there, both he and his brother began performing stand up comedy; this has lead Dan to his career in television and movies. He returned to Canada, where he met and married his wife; as of 2006, he is currently starring in the CTV comedy, Alice, I Think.