Debra DiGiovanni is a 4-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, including 3 as Best Female Stand-Up, and has been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Breakup”. In addition to having made appearances at most of North America’s top festivals, she was also a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, a star of Match Game on The Comedy Network, and on February 26th of this year made her Conan debut.
Her comedy has a sharp edge while maintaining a playful, happy air, and her charm lies in her unflinching honesty and rapid-fire delivery. Her special Single Awkward Female can be seen on Netflix in the U.S., while her recently shot second special recently premiered on Crave TV.
A native of the small Northern Ontario community of Wawa, Pete Zedlacher has forged a reputation as one of Canadian comedy’s most consistent headliners. Last summer Pete made his 8th appearance, and taped his 4th Gala, at Just For Laughs in Montreal, and recently performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, and across the country with the Just For Laughs Tour. he also released a new CD/DVD, Comic Kong, and is one of the acts on the annual Snowed In Comedy Tour. other appearances have included Comedy Now!, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Jon Dore Television Show, The Sean Cullen Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Additional accolades include a 2013 victory as SiriusXM’s Next Top Comic, and a 2006 win as Best Male Stand-Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards, but he is most proud of his “tours of duty” entertaining Canadian troops serving overseas which have taken him to England, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, the Persian Gulf, the Arctic Circle, and three tours in Afghanistan
Though now Los Angeles-based, likely the hottest comic in the nation, Ivan Decker blends a fun and silly approach with careful dissection, brilliant timing, and intelligent observation, placing him as an hilarious voice for the millennial generation. He has performed stand-up Canada-wide with numerous television and radio appearances including regular spots on the popular CBC program The Debaters, three performances at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and multiple TV tapings as part of the Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy Festivals.
This past November 27th Ivan made his American television debut with an appearance on Conan, and this March became the first comic in 34 years to be presented with the Juno Award for Best Comedy Album.
A native of Victoria, BC, and current resident of Las Vegas, Kristeen’s talents and credits have made her an in-demand act on both sides of the border. Two-time winner as Best Female Stand-Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards, she has taped four TV Galas at Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and is a frequent guest on CBC Radio’s The Debaters. In addition, she is one of the few comics to have taped two Comedy Now! Specials for CTV and The Comedy Network, was a regular panelist on Comedy’s Match Game, and appeared on Showtime’s Comedy Without Borders. She has been Russell Peters’ hand-picked opening act at large venues throughout North America, and was a writer for Peters’ hugely successful CTV Christmas special. Previously she was named one of Canada’s Top 30 Power Women by Elle Magazine.
Graham Clark is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award recipient and co-host of Maximum Fun’s multi-award winning Stop Podcasting Yourself. Clark is a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has appeared at Just For Laughs, the Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Bumbershoot. He was a $25,000 winner of the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off and has appeared on HBO’s Funny As Hell. He has filmed his own hour-long Comedy Now! special for CTV and is the creator of beardpaintings.com where he sells paintings made using his beard as a paintbrush and donates the proceeds to charity.
Abbotsford native Sunee is a national touring headliner who has graced stages around the world. His personality and unique sense of humour have made him a club and crowd favourite wherever he travels. Sunee has performed in comedy festivals such as Montreal’s Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Halifax Comedy Festival and JFL Northwest. He has worked with such talents as Tom Segura, Jim Belushi, Bryan Callen, Tony Rock, Mike MacDonald, Jo Koy, Sugar Sammy and Charlie Murphy. He can be heard regularly on SirusXM Radio and has done his very own Comedy Now! special, which airs on CTV. This past year he also beat out many of the region’s top musicians, actors, dancers, and others to claim top prize in the category of Live Performance at the Abbotsford Arts Council’s annual Arty Awards.
A comic whose act has been described as Ray Romano meets a 21st Century Don Rickles, Patrick Mailha is a gifted stand-up and talented impressionist. In fact, he’s actually the world record holder for most impressions in one minute, beating out the previous record holder, Dana Carvey.
In addition to his appearances at many of North America’s top clubs and comedy festivals, he has twice been voted Favourite Vancouver Comedian in the prestigious Georgia Straight ‘Best Of’ Awards, has been featured on various comedy programs on both CBC radio and SiriusXM, and his one-hour Comedy Now special originally aired on CTV and can currently be seen on The Comedy Network and Comedy Gold.
Patrick co-hosted The Afternoon Buzz every Monday to Friday on Talk 1410 Radio for which he won numerous awards including, Favourite Afternoon Radio Show. His love of television and film led him to become one half of The Movie Guys on the TV show Urban Rush, Head Writer and Producer for the KVOS television show Off Centre Television, and host of UR at The Movies. He is also one of The Gentlemen Hecklers, a trio of comics who hilariously tear bad films apart in regular appearances at the Rio Theatre.
No matter how you slice it, Patrick Maliha is very funny, although According to his Mom, is “funnier when he doesn’t swear so much”.
Calgary’s Brittany Lyseng is a nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be heard on CBC radio’s Laugh Out Loud, Sirius XM and seen on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Her down-to-earth stage presentation has captured audiences across Canada, and in 2017 earned her a coveted spot at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, to go along with performances at JFL Northwest in Vancouver, and multiple appearances at her home town YYCOMEDY festival. Brittany’s humble beginnings as a tradesman are apparent in her unique delivery and one-of-a-kind view of the world.
Winner: 2014 Peoples Champ of Comedy
Winner: 2014 Vancouver Yuk-Off.
This dynamic comic turns heads immediately with his kinetic performance and infectious energy. The unique style and irrepressible showmanship that took this “one to watch” from his first open mic to touring headliner in two years, leaves audiences in stitches. His appearances have included the 2014 Northwest Comedy Fest, 2015 ZooFest in Montreal, the 2015 YYComedy Festival. In Calgary, and the 2016 Pemberton Music Festival. Since 2016 he has also been a regular performer at the Just For Laughs Northwest Festival.
A featured performer at Just For Laughs NorthWest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival and most recently at Pemberton Music Fest, Katie-Ellen is making a name for herself as an emerging comedic talent throughout Canada and the U.S.
Recent TV appearances include “The Funny Pit” (CMT),“She Kills Me” (APTN), The Winnipeg Comedy Fest “Food, Glorious Food” Gala (CBC) and The Ha!ifax Comedy Festival (CBC). She can be seen as a panelist on the comedy talk show “Morgan Brayton & Other People” on OUT-TV and regularly appears on CBC Radio’s The Debaters.
John Cullen is the rare comedian that you watch and he’s having so much fun on stage that you can’t decide whether he’s having more fun or you are. A charismatic performer and modern-day renaissance man, John brings his vast experiences as a high school teacher, world-ranked curler, drummer, and best friend to the stage in an attempt to make sure that everyone in the audience has the best time.
His album, Most Likely to be a Comedian, went to #1 on iTunes and can be frequently heard on SiriusXM radio. His podcast, Real Good Show, was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and has been downloaded over 200,000 times. He’s appeared on television as part of the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy Festivals, and is a regular at the Just for Laughs Northwest Festival. And his curling team has finished on the podium in BC 4 times.
From small intimate clubs all the way to arena shows, Leland has pretty much experienced everything in the world of comedy. However, the most important thing he’s learned in his 20+ year career, is to just be himself. Whether he’s talking about his insecurities, his day to day frustrations or his over-enthusiasm for the simple things in life, people can always relate. Having developed a unique comedic style of hilarious storytelling, quirky charm and high-spirited likability, Leland’s show brings down the house time and time again.
Having toured all across North America for nearly two decades, Leland’s credits are many and diverse. Including, appearances on Just For Laughs on the Comedy Network, CBC television’s Halifax Comedy Festival, Thou Shalt Laugh on Netflix as well as hosting numerous specials and series. In addition, he hosted the nationally syndicated television show Popcorn TV for 170 episodes as well as his very own show Leland Klassen’s Comedy Tournament. Most recently Leland took on the lead role in the dramatic movie “Extraordinary” drawing on the same authentic and genuine emotions that crowds have come to love in his comedy.
As Leland garners more and more attention, both on the big screen and on stage, he continually strives to get better. Leland is constantly writing new material and improving the old, making every show brand new, and every live performance hilarious!
A Fraser Valley resident, Cliff Prang is a professional actor and comedian, and amateur stay at home dad. A gifted improv performer and stand-up, Cliff delivers those skills to a broad spectrum of audiences at Bars, Clubs, Schools, Churches, Corporate Events & Theatres. He has 20 years of professional improv experience with Vancouver TheatreSports, The Panic Squad Improv, Funny Brothers Improv, and as a stand-up and has been seen on CBC, Global, NBC, the W Network & Bravo, and been featured in Reader’s Digest. He recently released his first ever full length comedy special, DAD BODY OF WORK, which was shot in front of a sold out house at Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Theatre, and is available to stream on his website.
Katrina Bennett tells it like it is and then some. Two time runner up for BC’s Funniest Female, and two time featured artist for RAW– Katrina’s brutally honest commentary on battling cancer, divorce, kids and (lack of) dating has fans howling with laughter. She is working on her solo show – “Life in 3 D” and is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
A late start to stand up comedy shouldn’t be confused with a lack of ambition and ability. A driven and powerful performer, Keller has a unique point of view and a great story telling manner. A prolific writer and performer, Keller looms large in the Vancouver stand up comedy scene and is definitely an up-and-coming comedian to keep you eye on.