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Now Magazine describes him as “silly and surreal” and “One of Canada’s top comedic talents.” Ryan has won the Canadian Comedy Award and the Phil Hartman Award. A crowd favourite, Ryan has appeared five times at the Just for Laughs Festival…Catch My Act
A regular at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and on CBC Radio’s The Debaters and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, Jonny has been a staff writer for the award-winning This Hour has 22 Minutes and was a…Catch My Act
Jessica Holmes has starred in five TV series including Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Holmes Show. Her first book I Love Your Laugh was published in 2010 and she's currently working on a follow up. As a Life Coach and Comedian, she…Catch My Act
One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Canadian born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. With stellar performances at Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour "What A Miserable Tour…Catch My Act
A Gemini award-winning actor/comedian, Shaun most recently played Andrew Palmer on the NBC/Global Television series The Firm, starring Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis, and in 2010 starred as Det. Vik Mahajan in the critically acclaimed…Catch My Act
Born in Nigeria, raised in Winterpeg, now making her home in Toronto, Aisha Alfa is making a name for herself as a triple threat for comedy, hosting and acting. She is the previous winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job, and…Catch My Act
Chad Anderson is a stand-up comedian who is currently living in Winnipeg. Chad has been performing for over 4 years now and is a big part of the local comedy scene. He is 25 years old, aboriginal and sober. He will entertain you with his…Catch My Act
Drawing from his extensive global travels & an unhealthy obsession with politics, Danish Anwar’s material is often described as “smart”, “political” & “really, really funny”, sometimes without air quotes.
A comedian with impressive range,…Catch My Act
Ryan Ash is as entertaining as 90% of all fist fights. After beginning his career in Edmonton, Ryan has since moved on to the sunny shores of Winnipeg, where he has appeared three times in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival including a Best of…Catch My Act
Formed in the summer of 2009, Bucko is a comedic duo featuring real life couple Aaron Merke and Lauren Cochrane. This acting/writing/improvising team are known for their eclectic characters, bizarre relationships and unique settings.…Catch My Act
One of Canada's most sought after comedians and comic writers, Graham has appeared in numerous comedy specials, including his own Comedy Now!, which aired on The Comedy Network, and was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award. In 2013,…Catch My Act
Bruce Clark is a Winnipeg writer and comic who is one of the few Canadians to have performed on the Tonight Show. He has appeared at Just For Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and is a regular performer in Las Vegas. He has sold…Catch My Act
Lauren Cochrane is an improviser/writer who hails from Calgary, AB originally and is a graduate of the Comedy: Writing and Performance Program at Humber College in Toronto. There, she became a founding member of the all-girl improv…Catch My Act
A Theatre graduate from the University of Winnipeg, Trish has worked as an actor and a writer in Winnipeg and Toronto. She began writing sketch comedy with the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company (RLTC) and wrote and performed…Catch My Act
Caitlin Curtis is Manitoba's very own improv gem! She is the Artistic Director of the Canadian Theatre of Improvisation and is heavily involved in the training of high school improv armies.
Melanie Dahling is a comedian, actor, writer and aspiring director currently living in Winnipeg Manitoba. In the six years since she joined the local comedy scene, Melanie is happy to have performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Park…Catch My Act
A comic, writer, director and television producer originally from Winnipeg, Amber spent the last decade in Vancouver splitting her time between producing local lifestyle television and doing video sketch and stand up comedy. She is the…Catch My Act
At 3'6", Tanyalee is the Ferrari of comedy - low to the ground and kind of racy. Canadian born, Tanyalee currently makes the stage her home while touring all over the world bringing the funny!
In August of 2013, Tanyalee performed her…
Recently named “Funniest comedian in Canada under 30” Ivan Decker is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the newest generation of stand up comedy. Dissecting and revealing the humour hiding in the everyday trials of today’s young…Catch My Act
A stand-up comedian and the host and creator of The D.J. Demers Show on AMI-tv, D.J. has performed stand-up on Conan and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. After…Catch My Act
A Vancouver comedian, author and playwright, Charlie was heralded by CBC Radio as "truly one of the smartest comics out there." In addition to having performed in clubs and at festivals across the country, and as a regular guest on CBC’s…Catch My Act
John B Duff is a Winnipeg stand-up comic and the 2005 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job competition. He placed in the top 10 of CTV’s Nationwide Corner Gas Comic Genius competition and was a local finalist in the Just for…Catch My Act
It's not just his golden locks that catch the tint of the spotlight like sunshine off a calm lake at high noon that should make you stop and take notice of Steve Dylan. Delivering smart, insightful potshots at society in his signature…Catch My Act
Derek Edwards’ award-winning rural humour has made him the hottest property in Canada. Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary.
Based on his Timmins, Ontario rural roots, his…Catch My Act
Sean Emeny has been performing in Vancouver since 2009, honing his abstract, short-joke style and is now touring nationally.
He has opened for Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Winslow and Marc Maron.
Also, he has never smoked a cigarette in…Catch My Act
Matt Falk was called “effortlessly funny” by the CBC. His album Apple Pie & Scars reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts, is currently being played on Sirius XM in Canada and the USA and was named one of the Top Ten Comedy Albums the year…Catch My Act
For those who think Oakville, Ontario is the most boring place on Earth (a) you've never been to Sackville and (b) at least it gave us Mark Forward.
From the start Mark was a breakout talent, being a finalist for the Phil Hartman Award…Catch My Act
Identifiable by her francophone ascent when she speaks the henglish, Chloé Freynet-Gagné grew up in a world where her imagination was thee best tool in thee shed! Survivant of the Ligue d'improvisation du Manitoba, she eats laughter to…Catch My Act
“Have fun” was the best comedy advice Lori ever received, so naturally she had it tattooed on her arm. That spirit of fun shines through in her performances, and she is often called a “human antidepressant.” In addition to her ability to…Catch My Act
Originally from Calgary, Dan now calls Winnipeg his home. He can be described as sarcastic and exploratory; off beat and on point. He has appeared in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Winnipeg Showcase. He is a winner of…Catch My Act
A seasoned veteran of the Winnipeg comedy scene, Tim has been dwelling in mediocrity at open mics since 2008. He writes and performs improv, sketch and stand-up comedy regularly. He performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in…Catch My Act
Mike Green has been quietly building a reputation for the past 5 years by working with some of the top comedic acts in North America as well as freelance work with the CBC. He's always eager to get onstage at any type of show, from the…Catch My Act
As a Veteran of the Ligue d’Improviastion du Manitoba George Grenier has spent many years honing his improv skills and winning a record 5 "coupe canots" along the way. He has a knack for bringing characters to life through quick wit and…Catch My Act
Shannon Guile is a HILARIOUS comedian, writer and actor. She is best known for her work with three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch troupe Hot Thespian Action but has also hit the stage in such theatrical delights as Death of a…Catch My Act
Winnipeg-bred sketch comedy troupe Hot Thespian Action has been captivating audiences with their razor sharp witty writing and physically dynamic performances since 2006 and has been picking up steam ever since. With accomplishments ranging…Catch My Act
Dean Jenkinson is a comedian and comedy writer who’s appeared on CTV’s Comedy Now, CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and The Royal Canadian Air Farce. He’s currently in his eighth season writing for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Dean…Catch My Act
You can’t guess where he is going, but you die with laughter when he gets there. Pete’s comedy is personal and authentic but it’s tones are universal, making him a global draw in the Comedy world with fans on every continent, and a tour…Catch My Act
Like Madonna and Bono, Keener needs only one name.
Keener’s standup looks at the world with an indomitable sense of optimism that many have lost as they grew up and became cynical adults. Keener takes you back to that happy place with…Catch My Act
Julie Kim is a Canadian Comedy Award nominee. She was a gala performer at the 2012 Halifax Comedy Festival. In 2013, Julie performed with some of North America's best comics at the Hubcap Comedy Festival and the Edmonton Comedy Festival. She…Catch My Act
With the face of an angel and a tongue as sharp as a Mach-17 razor, Rebecca Kohler is full of surprises. Life is hard, sometimes tragic, and Rebecca is no stranger to these realities; in fact she uses life's hardships and truths to create…Catch My Act
Everyone in Canada knows Elvira Kurt as the host of The Comedy Network’s Popcultured!, but there’s so much more to her…
She was most recently the host of Mark Burnett’s (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice) new game show Spin…Catch My Act
The winner of three Nobel Peace Prizes in the category of Best Dressed, Caitlin Langelier has been “tearing it up” (quote, Caitlin Langelier) since moving to Toronto at 18. Two years later, she has appeared on The Cottage Country…Catch My Act
Since entering the Yuk Yuks Search for Canada's Funniest New Comic 24 years ago, Laverty has traveled from Vancouver to St. John's. In 2001, she toured Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. She is a favorite with clubs,…Catch My Act
Derick emerged onto the
Andrew got his start as a professional performer seven years ago when he began doing stand-up comedy. In that time he has already been on the road under the Yuk-Yuk’s comedy chain, done rural tours for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, as well…Catch My Act
Jacqueline has been working in the theatrical world for the last decade, both in the “funnies” with Hot Thespian Action and as a writer of sketch at CBC’s Content Factory. But she’s also worked in the “dramas” as a fight director in all…Catch My Act
Originally from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Cara is the 2008 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job, an annual contest held at Rumor’s Comedy Club and is the current title holder of Winnipeg’s Funniest Comic competition sponsored by…Catch My Act
MacDonald has had many successful and well received live performances all over North America. In addition, he has appeared on numerous TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show, Just For Laughs, Showtime's…Catch My Act
Originally from Winnipeg, Chantel is known for her unique brand of high energy, physical comedy. She brings her jokes to life through a combination of storytelling, impressions, and spot on timing. Chantel was The 2014 Manitoba Finalist of…Catch My Act
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage…Catch My Act
An actor and comedian originally from Winnipeg, Aaron started his career training with the late Del Close at Improv Olympic while in Chicago. Upon his return to Canada, Aaron became part of the Second City Touring Company. Aaron is the…Catch My Act
With a baby face like that, it may be hard to believe that Garth has been acting for over 20 years, but it’s true. Apart from his involvement with three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated Hot Thespian Action, Garth’s work has included…Catch My Act
One of Canada’s brightest comedic performers has had an interesting and eventful rise to the comedy stage. Recently undergoing a complete transformation, Darcy Michael has lost over 100 pounds….hopefully not the funny ones.
In…Catch My Act
It is clear Ryan has the ability to make people laugh, having appeared in comedies Beethoven Saves Christmas (Universal) and My Awkward Sexual Adventure, alongside his work with Hot Thespian Action. But Ryan’s solo stage career has taken…Catch My Act
Shazia Mirza’s comedy is a unique blend. Her Pakistani parentage and Birmingham upbringing have resulted in a comedy rich in its diversity. Although her family are Muslim this is not a central to Shazia’s comedy preferring a more general…Catch My Act
Noted lesbian Ashley Moffatt is a comedian, writer, and father figure to two small dogs. Winner of the Mark Breslin Award for Stand-up Comedy Excellence, two time Fresh Meat Nominee (sketch & stand-up), and, if you mispell her name…Catch My Act
Tyler Morrison is a 31 year-old stand-up comedian quickly emerging as one of the most talked about headliners in Canada with his fearless brand of working class comedy. He has been featured at The Boston Comedy Festival, NXNE Festival,…Catch My Act
Matt Nightingale is a stand-up comic from Winnipeg whose act has been described as "inappropriate for a funeral setting". A regular guest at Rumor's Comedy Club, Matt has appeared in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Improv…Catch My Act
For the last two years, Andy has been making a name for himself in the Winnipeg comedy scene with his not too dirty, not too clean, but always honest, style of comedy. On any given night Andy can be seen performing all over Winnipeg, and…Catch My Act
Tim Nutt is a comic who can’t be judged by his cover. Long-haired, bearded and “rough around the edges” audiences expect Nutt’s material to match. But he surprises with razored-down punch lines and well conjured-up premises that place him…Catch My Act
Darryl Orr is a 34 year old stand up comedian, musician, and coward. Darryl has been performing stand up in Toronto for six years and has quickly gained a reputation as someone who has been performing stand up in Toronto for six years. In…Catch My Act
Described as "one of the best new stand-ups around" by NOW Magazine, Dom Paré blends magnetic onstage charisma, hilarious observation, and clever writing to deliver slide splitting comedy.
Dom’s memorable approach has landed him in the…Catch My Act
Familiar to over 700,000 weekly listeners as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show The Debaters and to thousands more as a headliner stand-up comedian, Steve Patterson is a household name in Canadian comedy.
He has taped nationally…Catch My Act
Tyler Penner has been writing and performing comedy in Winnipeg for just over six years. In that time, he’s gone from trying out material at local open mics to headlining sold-out comedy showcases at the Park Theatre. In 2014, Tyler won…Catch My Act
Incapable of accents, Eric Plamondon transitions from french to english stage performances flawlessly. He has honed his craft as a member of la Ligue d’improvisation du Manitoba and as a stage actor, but also, by rebelliously spending time…Catch My Act
David Pryde is a Montreal comic whose humor is often called “cerebral”, a word which he hasn’t looked up but assumes means “hilarious”. He has performed comedy in the USA, the U.K. and Australia, as well as in festivals across Canada…Catch My Act
Paul Rabliauskas is “Manitoba’s fastest rising comic”, a member of the Poplar River First Nation Paul has been able to share his experiences from living in rough Neighborhood’s to overeating to his advantage. Paul’s high energy and his…Catch My Act
Al Rae was co-creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC), for which he received a Gemini Award and the Prix RomaScreenwriting Prize (Italy). He is also the creator and writer of the CBC Radio hit Monsoon House with Russell Peters, and…Catch My Act
Considered one of the quickest minds on the scene, Simon has been performing standup since 1978. He is widely regarded as one of Canada’s top MCs and has appeared at clubs, pubs, campuses and corporate events across Canada and in the…Catch My Act
One of the most prolific and cheerfully twisted voices in the Winnipeg comedy scene, J.D. Renaud was voted Winnipeg’s Favorite Comedian for 2013 by the readers of the Uniter, and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s DNTO and The…Catch My Act
Dan grew up in Winnipeg. An animation filmmaker and avid astronomer, Dan has sprung his geeky sci-fi jokes on stages from Toronto to Los Angeles. Dan often refers to himself as bi-sci-fi owing to the fact he adores Star Wars and Star Trek…Catch My Act
Adam Schwartz is a true Autist, a one of a kind talent. When he is not performing comedy or writing and starring in hit Winnipeg Fringe Festival shows like Aspergers; A Tale of a Social Misfit, he is helping other Autists on the Autism…Catch My Act
Often described as a high-energy performer and a crowd favorite, Sterling Scott has become one of comedy’s rising stars.
Sterling’s material stems from his experiences with relationships, family, current events, his outlook on life and…Catch My Act
A much loved headliner with the Yuk Yuks chain of comedy clubs, Derek has worked with some of Canada’s best like Russell Peters, George Strombolopoulous, Steve Patterson, Jeremy Hotz, Mike McDonald, Sugar Sammy, Mike Wilmot, Mike Ward and…Catch My Act
In the past few years, this young comedian has really begun making an impact on the Canadian Comedy scene. Rising through the ranks of the comedy clubs, Michelle has gone on to become a comic in demand. She’s landed television appearances on…Catch My Act
With over thirty appearances on CBC Radio’s smash-hit The Debaters, her own half hour comedy special on The Comedy Network and an internationally televised performance for Just For Laughs, Erica Sigurdson has a resume that is as impressive…Catch My Act
Stephen Sim is one half of the internationally renowned improv comedy duo CRUMBS, the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival, and has been performing and leading master classes in improvisation all over the world for well…Catch My Act
Dana Smith has been writing and performing comedy since 2012. Her style blends both music and comedy, often collaborating with local beat-boxer Kane Greene. She's been featured on showcase shows at The Park Theatre, Gas Station Arts…Catch My Act
Dr Rachel Sommer is the world’s funniest optometrist. It’s even written on her business cards. Comic by night, mild mannered optometrist by day, Winnipeg’s Dr. Rachel Sommer has been trying to spread both laughter and moderately improved…Catch My Act
Tom Steffen is a writer and comedian currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been in show business in one form or another for over three decades, first as a boss disc jockey yelling over the beginnings of pop songs, then as a…Catch My Act
Jared Story is the host and producer of the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase at the Park Theatre, a quarterly series that features the best stand-up comedians in the city performing their A material. In the last year, Jared has opened for the…Catch My Act
For more than a decade and a half, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and television. He recorded his own Comedy Now! special in 2008 and has appeared in many national festivals including Just for…Catch My Act
Jane is a multidisciplinary comedian, regularly performing both improv (with Outside Joke) and sketch comedy with Hot Thespian Action. She has appeared in productions with Prairie Theatre Exchange (Little Munsch on the Prairie) and…Catch My Act
Based in Winnipeg, Dan Verville is a comedian, writer and occasional media personality. Born in 1986 and entertaining his family since 1992, he now realizes he is slowly turning into his father. He’s been featured on CBC Radio’s Laugh Out…Catch My Act
Originally from Regina, Ben is a rising comedian whose quick off-the-cuff style engages himself to the audience. Ben has been featured on CBC's Laugh out Loud, Winnipeg's Just for Laughs Showcase and is a regular host at Rumor's Comedy…Catch My Act
Jordan Welwood is a Winnipeg born comedian and writer. Jordan has been a finalist in the "Winnipeg's Funniest Person with a Day Job" contest, and headlined at Rumors Comedy Club. He has showcased for Just For Laughs, was featured on CBC’s…Catch My Act
Over the past five years you may have seen him perform in Winnipeg on stage, on Shaw Cable TV as the co-host of the Week Thus Far, or heard his sultry voice on university radio. Jon frequently pulls out the guitar to play his original…Catch My Act