PaulThompson is one of the fastest rising performers in Canada right now. Performing from a young age he has worked with such acts as Brian Posehn, Joe Rogan, Luenell, Kenny vs. Spenny and more. He has toured all of Canada and throughout the UK spreading a unique and unforgettable style of performing. He had a #1 comedy album on iTunes and has headlined Kenny Robinson’s famous Nubian Show. He recently made his debut at Just For Laughs taping a set for Kevin Hart. Amongst stand up he is also an active actor, best known as the voice of Wishbone for 3 seasons.
Al Val is a comedian, actor, writer and musician based out of Toronto. Starting his comedy career at the age of 18, Al has since appeared on programs for One, OutTV, MTV, and YTV.
Al has built a respectable following through his unique brand of standup comedy and currently can be seen headlining shows all across North America; however, besides standup he is no stranger to the improv and sketch scene, having graduated from Second City’s Conservatory Program, performed with improv troupe “Starwipe” for 8 years and regularly kicking ass as one half of the improv-drag-rock n’ roll duo “OverDude”. Between an ever-evolving, unforgettably authentic, compelling, energetic brand of comedy and a large breadth of talent, Al Val’s stock as a breakthrough entertainer is surely on the rise, to say the least. Also, he looks really cute in a dress.
MikePayne is a rising star hailing from the Toronto comedy scene. His style can be described as self-deprecating virtue signaling, or, simply as fat and loud. Mike is the winner of the 2018 Etobicoke’s Top Comic competition, was selected to participate in 2018 Brantford Comedy Festival, and has routinely appeared at comedy venues including Yuk Yuks, Absolute Comedy, Comedy Bar and The Comic Strip (Edmonton).
Mike has opened for Martha Chaves, Sandra Battaglini, Christophe Davidson and other prominent Canadian comedians. Mike hosts a long-running weekly show in Riverside (Toronto), called Comedy Appetizer. Keep up to date by following him on Instagram and Twitter @mikepaynecomedy.
Frank Spadone started working for some of the top photographers in the country after finishing college. One thing became very clear, Frank had a knack for entertaining the crew on these shoots. Whether it was telling stories about his family, imitating the models, or making fun of himself, Frank always had everyone laughing. Photographers began to hire Frank for not only his photography ability but also his entertaining ability, sometimes at the request of the clients.
It was on one of these shoots that one of the models started telling Frank that he should take his comedy to the clubs. Frank began contemplating it. After visiting a few local comedy clubs he decided to give it a try.
On March 18, 1997, Frank stepped on stage for the first time as a stand-up comic. He didn’t tell many people about it and there were just a few select friends in the audience. He was on stage for only five minutes, but those five minutes told everyone in the room that this guy truly had something special.
He continued working amateur and open mic nights in Toronto, constantly building his material and starting to create a buzz. In less than a year he would perform in his first professional spot. Soon he was headlining at the top comedy clubs in Toronto and then taking his act to many other cities across Canada. He continued honing his craft, graduating from improv classes at Second City and still takes many advanced improv and acting classes.
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 artists 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:
A longtime fan of standup comedy, Chris Venditto 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.
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.
Book him for your next event or project before his star is out of reach!
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.
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 Knitteratiand Family Slideswith 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.