COMEDIANS

Ryan Belleville

Widely regarded as one of Canada’s Top Stand-up comedians, he has performed for hundreds of thousands of people across North America. He is the winner of a Canadian Comedy Awards, and the Phil Hartman Award for his stand up. Of his many TV appearances he has appeared 8 times at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, where he is a crowd favorite, as well as multiple appearences on CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Comedy Now, and CBC’s The Debaters. South of the boarder he has been seen on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, CBS’s The Late Late Show, and MTV’s Busted. A respected comedic actor, he was a series regular on FOX’s sitcom Life on a Stick, CW’s The LA Complex. He was the star and co-creater of the cult show Almost Heroes, now available on Hulu. He has starred in the feature films National Lampoons Going the Distance, Disney’s Stuck in the Suburbs, Step Dogs and the award winning family film Finn on the Fly. Most recently he was the star of CTV’s sitcom Satisfaction and hosts one of iTunes top Comedy Podcasts in Canada, The Flying Bellevilles Podcast.

Sterling Scott

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, being a father, current events, his out look on life and the world, and those awkward moments that people from all walks of life can relate to. Sterling has traveled all across Canada the U.S. and even over seas with notable performances as a finalist in the San Francisco international comedy competition in 2013, winner of the Edmonton international comedy festival "young guns" competition 2013, finalist in the Seattle international comedy competition 2014, performing for the troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Dubai, and the just for laughs festival in Montreal. As a writer and actor Sterling has worked on season twenty of the Canadian comedy television show “This Hour has 22 minutes".

Lars Callieou

Lars Callieou has appeared at the Just for Laughs Festival and has a 1-Hour Comedy Special currently airing on The Comedy Network. He was just the third Canadian in history to make the Finals of both the San Francisco and Seattle International Comedy Competitions and this past spring he Won ‘Best of the Fest’ at the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival. Lars has also been overseas to entertain the troops 3 times (Kuwait, IRAQ, Kyrgyzstan, Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and has a weekly comedy radio show on CJSR 88.5 FM that was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award.

Lars has toured with the likes of Miss Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Saget and Martin Short. He made his first appearance this April at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia and if you’re a fan of CBC he’s on the Debaters and CBC TV. He’s also appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, the Boston Comedy Festival, the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas and the Halifax Comedy Festival in… well… Halifax. It’s safe to say he’s become an overnight success in just 12 years.

Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor talks to people and makes them feel good. He does it on comedy stages all over North America. He does it on television on CBC, CTV, YESTV and others. He does it for corporations and universities and churches and clubs. Drawing on his experience as a husband, father, social worker, pastor, and barista, Dan's unique background enables him to connect with a diverse audience.  Also, Killer Mike follows him on twitter, so, yeah, what other credits do you need?

Kenny V

Ken was born in Edmonton in November 1956 to a normal family that had good values. Ken got a degree in Education and has taught school for 35 years and has now retired. So why did this normal kid dabble in the standup arts over 30 years ago to become a full time comedian and a full time teacher? Ken didn't mean to let his mother down by going to the dark side, but he likes comedy and he is good at it, he likes teaching and he is good at it also. Ken has performed in Comedy clubs for 30 years and this has taken him all across Canada and even to the Middle East to entertain our troops. Ken is one of the favorite corporate comics of western Canada with a very adaptable routine that touches on many subjects. 

Leland Klassen

Founder of the festival, Leland is back for another year. Was he the most liked comic last year? Perhaps, perhaps not. I mean, no one complained about him at last year's festival. Well, his wife complained, but that was because he didn't get rid of the dandelions in the lawn at the beginning of the year and they got out of control by mid summer, totally preventable, she has a point. However,  this year will be different. He's already been out weeding and he is sure to crack the top ten favourite comics of the festival this year (there probably won't even be ten).

He's done Just For Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, JFL Northwest and been on the Comedy Network, CBC, and Netflix and starred in his first feature film "Extraordinary.

Kelly Aija Zemnickis

Kelly Zemnickis is a Toronto-based / Montreal-born stand-up comic, writer & producer. She began her comedy career as a lighting/sound tech back in the mid 1990s, but only started her stand-up career at the tender age of 37 and has since become a regular on the stages of Toronto, Montreal and New York City! Kelly is also a contributor to the online publication Future Female Magazine and has written for Hello Giggles & Unwritten. Her documentary No Responders Left Behind (co-produced with Paradox Pictures), highlights the increasing and troubling health issues of 9/11 first responders and is currently in post-production. Kelly has been spotted talking gossip on the webseries TMZ Live and just feels ridiculously lucky that she gets to do all these things.

Katie Westman has littered comedy clubs and festivals across the country with her jokes and silly goose-ness. She has been described as “sweet and dark.... just like a Pepsi” with her raw and relatable style of humour. Mining comedy out of some of life’s more chaotic debacles Katie leaves many audiences just that much more comfortable about their own twisted lives (and laughing, it’s probably important that’s said here somewhere.)She has appeared in JFL42, JFL Northwest, the Okanagan Comedy Festival and shared the stage with all of your favourite comics. 

Katie Westman
Ryan Short

Ryan Short is an adorable comedian who sees the world through playful eyes. His favourite things include: chocolate milk, water slides, and travelling the world to perform stand up comedy. In 2017 Ryan recorded his first comedy album, Coming Up Short, which is now available on Spotify and iTunes. His comedy career has taken him to The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, Australia’s Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton. He is also a recurring favourite at the Okanagan Comedy Festival.

Chris Franklin

Chris is one of Australia’s premier comedy stars. He’s an Aussie bloke, a yobbo or a bogan, from his flannelette shirt to his double plugger thongs. His ‘Hoganesque’ style of comedy appeals to every average Australian and touches on the delicate issues of beer, sport and relationships – he’s also had a number 1 hit single entitled ‘Bloke’. Not bad for someone who can’t sing.

 

More recently, Chris has done five ‘TOURS OF DUTY’, travelling to The Solomon Island, East Timor, Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, to entertain the Aussie troops and help keep their spirits high. Chris has also performed around the world, in Scotland, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, New Guinea, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and America. Chris has headlined and Mc’d every major comedy club in Australia and quite a few around the world. He is regarded by his peers as one of the best in the business. He is equally at home addressing a four course corporate function, A country football club, or the front bar of your local pub.

Terry North

Terry is a veteran of the fringe and comedy festival circuit with sell out seasons in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne with his own shows, Who’s Your Daddy? The Funny Side of Parenthood, Fairway To Heaven, The Golf Show. 2 Englishmen and an Aussie and All around the World, The International Show Case. “ Terry North is regarded as one of Australia’s best imported comic hosts, he's ability to warm an audience and get them laughing is second to none”. Comic profiles.

Danny Martinello

Danny no stranger to the stage and has been entertaining audiences all through out the globe. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he now makes his home in Toronto Ontario. Making appearing in programs on NBC, CTV, CBC and can also be heard regularly on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Recently Coming back from The Melbourne International  Comedy Festival and The Hubcap Comedy Festival Danny has worked with such Industry artists as Bryan Callen , Harland Williams, Donnell Rawlings, John Wing, Orney Adams, Bobby Lee, as well as SNL's Jay Pharoah. Often described as a high-energy performer with machine gun like delivery, Danny's outrageous in your face lampoon sense of humour has made himself one of Canada's top talents

Alex Mackenzie

Alex Mackenzie is a young up and coming comic from British Columbia who has been writing and performing comedy for over 4 years. Alex recently quit his six-figure a year job and has been touring the country in an RV. His comedy touches on many relatable topics that the audience can connect with that range from relationships, family, social commentary and observations about life. Alex's comedy provides something for everyone and will leave you viewing your life and the world through a new lens!

 

CBC- “Mackenzie hopes his story inspires others to pursue their passion

Nitish Sakhuja

Nitish is a second-generation Indian Canadian, born and raised in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood. A fixture on Toronto’s thriving “420 Friendly” standup scene. Sakhuja is a regular favourite on the bill at Toronto’s Corner Comedy Club and co-host of High On Trees, a popular Toronto podcast. 

Tim Nutt

Tim Nutt tells jokes, well, more like funny stories with jokes and has been getting away with it for just over 20 years. Tim pushes comedy to explosive new levels and dimensions. He expertly explores the hilarity in everyday life, delighting you with his bizarre concepts and twisted viewpoints, combining one-liners and crafty storytelling. He has had some pretty cool adventures; he’s been to comedy festivals all over the world; Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Montreal’s famous JUST FOR LAUGHS, Halifax’s HA Comedy Festival and The Winnipeg Comedy Festival to name just a few.