Toronto-based stand-up comic D.J. Demers has only been in the game for about 6 years, but in that time he's risen through the strong local Toronto comedy scene and made a name for himself on an international level.
Shazia Mirza doesn't tend to stay in one place for very long. The award-winning stand-up comic, originally from Birmingham, England, has toured throughout Britain, the United States, Canada, Pakistan, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Germany, the United Arab Emerits, and India.
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is in full swing, and we've got you covered!
Live from The Purple Room, it's Ep. #065 of The Supporting Act Podcast! At the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, which runs from April 6-12, over 90 comics will perform at venues from Pantages to the Park Theatre.
Simon Rakoff loves his job. Now to be fair, most stand-up comics who are able to make it their career don't take for granted how great a gig it is. But very few veteran comics approach stand-up comedy with the excitement and joy of someone new to the business.
I was first introduced to the comedic mind of Daryn Jones on his early 2000s Comedy Network show Buzz, which featured he and Mista Mo in various sketches and random bits and interviews on the streets of Toronto.
Stand-up comic Phil Hanley has had a great last couple years since moving from Vancouver to New York to take his comedy career to the next level. He's appeared multiple times on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as shown up on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central.
Every year, a host of comedians from across Canada (with a smattering of Brits and Americans) descend into the spring melt of Winnipeg for a week of TV galas, theatre shows, club dates, and live radio recordings.
Winnipeg has one of the most diverse and pound-for-pound funniest comedy scenes in Canada. The problem is, it's in Winnipeg.
Over the past decade, and even more-so in the past five years, the comics in my desolate stomping ground have been growing into impressive and formidable comedy beasts. Winnipeg is no stranger to fostering rich and healthy arts communities.