Wilfred Lee

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Discovering the Path of the Artist

In exploring his own artistic journey, Wilfred Lee reaches out to other creatives on their own paths to let them know they are not alone and teaches how the collective understanding of all our experiences can be used to create an essential toolkit for artists filled with methods to dramatically improve their abilities.  Which is why he created the Artists Journey, a social networking hub with the focus on “the ongoing growth and evolution of all artist in all media”.  By sharing his own artistic journey, via Twitch, YouTube or Instagram, he hopes that other artists may benefit and strive to express their True Selves, by constantly evolving their inner development.

Wilfred Lee is a creator.  Toronto, born and raised, he always had a curious passion and immense talent for illustration.  After graduating from Animation Arts, he traveled to South Korea in search of his cultural roots.  During his 10 years there, he began teaching English to all ages while working as a video game concept designer, art teacher, and caricature artist.  He would later express his True Self through performing stand-up comedy all around the South Korean peninsula with Stand Up Seoul and Waygoonies, which led to improv studies with Seoul City Improv, then he ventured into musical production under his pseudonym, “Sugarghost”.  Upon returning to the West, he now continues to perform Improv studies with Second City and has appeared in CBC runaway hit, Kim’s Convenience, as well as various commercials.  He’s met a lot of great people and amazing talents along the way and does what he considers his duty — honouring them by sharing the inspiration he gets along his own journey.

He would love to draw you, or make you laugh, or produce your new favourite song someday.

 

You can follow his official website ‘Artist’s Journey’ where he shares his daily dose of inspiration: 


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Visual Artist, Comedian, Musician

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Chris Venditto

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“What do you do for Comedy?”

A longtime fan of standup comedy, Chris Veneditto decided to pursue his passion and took the Joey Elias Comedy Class in the winter of 2013. Since then, Chris has proceeded to take the comedy world by storm, working regularly at comedy clubs across the country.

Chris was named a young gun of comedy in 2015, produced and created the Healthy Living in Comedy series which has sold out shows in Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton and Guelph. Chris headlined the 2016 Irishman of the Year breakfast, has appeared at the Montreal Fringe Festival, and just recently performed at the 2017 JFL42 festival, Toronto’s biggest comedy festival.  Chris will also  be featured at Just For Laughs in Montreal in 2018. He also just recorded his debut comedy album titled “Ciao Bello” which will be available for purchase on iTunes and other platforms soon.

“What do you do for food?”  — Chris Venditto

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Phil Luzi

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Mr. Do-It-All

Actor?  Director?  Comedian? Phil Luzi will take some of each please.  Versatility is his middle name.  Phil Versatility Rodrigo Malik Luzi.  Says so on his birth certificate.

He is a Toronto-based character actor and comedian frequently appearing at the city’s most renowned comedy venues, including YukYuk’s, Comedy Bar, Absolute Comedy, The Corner and The Rivoli. And he’s opened for such comedic greats like Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson, Emily Heller, and Todd Glass.

I wrote a part specifically for him that only he could play. I can’t imagine anyone else in that part. Once on board, from the first read- through to recording ADR in post-production, Phil Luzi commits with great energy and humor.

– Samantha Swan (writer and star of The Devil’s Tail).

Phil has appeared in several national ad campaigns, including Cadillac, and is a co-star in CBC Comedy’s Canadian Screen Awards-nominated web series, TERRIFIC WOMEN as Latino heartthrob, Alejandro. He is also the voice of the Commander in SHUYAN SAGA, also nominated for Best Original Interactive Production by The Canadian Screen Academy. Phil joins a star-studded cast in the feature horror film, HELLMINGTON, set for nationwide theatrical release summer 2018.

Phil is one of the city’s best-known storytelling comics. His captivating and animated stage presence and character invention have garnered fans across the country. He has also directed critically acclaimed solo shows for some of the country’s most notorious comics, including Precious Chong, Efthimios Nasiopoulos, Helder Brum, and Rhiannon Archer, as well as Sandra Battaglini in the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Classy Lady, and most recently in Baby Jeez at JFL42.

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Actor, Comedian, Director

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Shirley Whalen

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Comedian at Large

Shirley Whalen’s twisted optimism and unabashed style have delighted audiences everywhere from a northern Canadian nudist resort to one of Abu Dhabi’s finest luxury hotels. Her rate of laughs per minute have earned her the nickname “the machine gun of comedy.” She has been prominently featured in several editions of the SheDot and Dark Comedy Festivals in Toronto, and was runner-up in the city’s first Roast Battle tournament. In 2015, she was named ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Big Pine Comedy Festival in Flagstaff, AZ. Now a resident of Montreal, she can be heard on Sirius XM’s Canada Laughs or talking to dogs in public.


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Sandra Battaglini

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Sandra Battaglini is an award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. She is the 2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for her solo show, Classy Lady, directed by Phil Luzi, that premiered in Toronto in 2012 and most recently was voted ‘Best Female Standup’ by NOW Magazine.

Past performances include Hard Headed Woman (Canadian Comedy Award Winner, 2007), Small Battalion of Soldiers (Canadian Comedy Award Nomination, 2005). She tours with the national comedy club chain, Yuk Yuks and co-hosts two of Toronto’s most alternative comedy nights, Family Slides and The Sal & Sandy Show with Phil Luzi.

Sandra appears in David Cronenberg’s latest feature, Maps to the Stars that premiered at TIFF in 2014, CBC’s sketch show Humantown, NBC Seeso’s flagship web series, The Amazing Gayle Pile and upcoming episodes of medical drama Saving Hope and Odd Squad. She is currently in development and on original concepts, including Knitterati and Family Slides with Phil Luzi. Not only has she performed throughout Canada, she has also been invited to perform in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and was a semi-finalist in the She-Devil Comedy Competition in NYC.


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Abdul Butt

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What can be said about Abdul Butt? Well- he’s a comedian, writer and actor most recognizable from his interviews as a fake news correspondent on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The Montreal Gazette featured Abdul as one of 2014’s upcoming artists to look for, The National Post quoted the former premier of Quebec saying, “He’s crazy”, and one night in Hamilton, Ontario, Abdul made Bill Cosby laugh at a rape joke.

Butt’s been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, Writers Guild of Canada Award, performed at multiple festivals including Hubcap and OFF JFL. He has recently been hand-picked by Kevin Hart for his new “Laugh Out Loud” network, scheduled to launch in early 2017. Abdul is also currently a semi-finalist for SiriusXM Top Comic, and wrote this bio in the third person.

 


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Derek Seguin

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Montreal-based Derek Seguin is one of the most sought after stand-up comedians on the international circuit. He has performed at the prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs festival an impressive six times. Last year he filmed a gala set for HBO at the festival where he received a standing ovation at the city’s 3,500 seat Place des Arts. This led to an invitation to perform at this year’s Nasty Show.

GQ Magazine’s Comedy Editor reported that: “Montreal-comic Derek Seguin stole one of the most star-studded gala shows last year from host Whitney Cummings. This year he appeared in The Nasty Show (in which the stand-ups perform their most shocking and filthy material) and proceeded to steal that too. A true star and Montreal’s pride and joy.

The Montreal Gazette enthused that: “Montreal-area comedian Derek Seguin earned a standing ovation for his set during the ninth Just for Laughs gala at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts in Montreal Sunday, July 28, 2013. Derek Seguin had me gasping for air, I was laughing so hard at the detailing of his second date with his Newfoundland girlfriend. If you require some insight into the particularities of fellatio, well you just watch for this special. What made it great, however, was not the boldness of his material but that he described it all in such childlike wonder. Brilliant.”

Derek’s other televised appearances include performances at the CBC Winnipeg and Halifax festivals, The Newfoundland Comedy Festival, the Grand Rire du Quebec’s Comedie Club series as well as the Just for Laughs Comedy Special, “Oh Canada!”. He has also appeared on CBC Radio’s, “The Debaters” more than twenty-five times and recorded two episodes of CBC television’s, “The Debaters”.

Undeniably one of Canada’s hottest comedians, he has been touring clubs and theatres across North America intensely for the past few years and his debut concert album “Newfie Octopus” is a bestseller on CD Baby and on iTunes.
Whether he’s ragging on politics or describing life with his children, he brings us into his perspective without preaching any selfish point of view. His undeniable charm makes him simply fun to watch and listen to and is in large part why he is one of Canada’s most “in demand” comedians.

The quintessential performer, Derek is a stand-up comedian, actor, host, narrator, voice actor and most importantly, father of 3 beautiful children… and all this, in both English and French (especially the “papa” part).

A consummate professional, Derek is at home on stage in a comedy club, conference centre, theatre, arena, school or arts centre. He tailors his sets for all audiences and can work clean or filthy. There is no event that won’t be livened up by the addition of Derek’s natural charm, honed comedic genius and warm, witty banter.

 


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Adrian Sawyer

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Tapping into his inner fatKiD

“What the hell do I do with a Philosophy degree?” Like most people, you realize your career path ends up in a black hole when holding this degree by itself.

After one year of Jack Frost’s wrath during an athletic football scholarship in blizzard cold Minnesota, I transferred to a school in the city that never sleeps – Montreal.

When I finished school, this was the question I was stuck with. So I decided to “take my talents” to L.A. to become an actor. If I want a Big Mac I’m gonna go to McDonald’s, so if I want to learn how to act I’m gonna start in LA!

Then one morning, after returning back to Toronto, I awakened from a gin induced hangover on the floor of my apartment, I said to myself, “Hmm, I should do standup comedy”. And as they say, the rest is history.

It’s been 5 years since that day, and I have managed to combine my varied life experiences into great humor. I’ve opened Rap shows and heavy metal concerts. I’ve done shows in makeup stores, clubs and yes even in back yards!

Born to a Jamaican father and a Canadian mother, I was raised on a steady diet of Sandford and Son, The Jeffersons and some Richard Pryor for dessert.

Sprinkle in a couple of pieces of cheesecake, mounds of pasta and loads of candy during commercials and that diet quickly turned into a buffet road to fatkiD.

And it is to this unique and glutinous upbringing that has paved the way to my hugely popular fatkiD’s Comedy shows over the last several years. Either you were one or you made fun of one or you were entertained by our chubby antics! The motivation behind this show is that fatkiDs are funny, I mean we have to be!

At the end of the day, I just want to make people laugh and to continue to prove my high school principal wrong!


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Gilson Lubin

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Charismatic Joke-Spitter

Gilson Lubin has been around the block.  He knows St. Lucia, he knows Canada, he knows Toronto,… he knows you.  To be a comedian is to be an observer of life.  A watcher, if you will.  Only the most-skilled are masters of manipulated reflection.  He shows us “us” but with a twist.  He has been called “phenomenal”, “charismatic”, and “incredible”.  His laid-back, confident delivery is his wheelhouse.  But don’t let his delivery fool you, at times, Gilson can be dangerous as he is not afraid to cross boundaries, like any great comedian.

Gilson leaves the crowd in stitches whether here or across the border.  His versatility allows him to rock the big city of Toronto, or leave wet seats in smaller locales like Regina.  Another show, another set of accolades that he accumulates.  The powerhouse that is Gilson Lubin worked for this.  He did his time.  He is forever ready for what comes next.  As his fanbase grows, one show is enough to convince anyone that this is a bandwagon worth jumping on so that you could say you saw him before he became the next big Canadian Comedic Superstar.


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Keesha Brownie

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Jill Of all Trades

From time to time, it becomes indisputably clear, that a star is walking among us. When actor/comedian Keesha Brownie walks among her fellow Torontonians, they simply know she is one to watch. Having graced the stages of Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Clubs across the country to producing her own comedy series Joker’s Corner, Canada is on the cusp of a comedic phenomenon as Miss Brownie takes us all on a journey filled with laughter, culture, and the endless gift of humour.

Keesha Brownie, a native of the culturally diverse city of Montreal is currently making her mark in Toronto as a quick-witted stand-up comedian, a talented character actor, and an up-and-coming producer with the recent success of the Joker’s Corner Comedy Series. Like one of her most notable peers in the industry Russell Peters, Keesha grew up in the relatively quiet surroundings of Toronto suburb Brampton, Ontario. Born out of a sheer need to escape the dim routine of the every day, Keesha found acting to be a rewarding outlet for her. Keesha was a student at the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College where her fondness for live entertainment was ignited and unleashed. She later graduated from the well-known Second City Conservatory program where her skills in both acting and comedy writing were crafted and perfected.


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