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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
Originally from Calgary, Morgan has quickly become a star of the Montreal comedy scene. He has been doing comedy for seven years and has appeared in the 2012 and 2014 Zoofest hits, Francos vs. Anglos and the Mont Royal Rumble, respectively. He has appeared in the Toronto and the Montreal Dark Comedy Festival and was one of the co-founders/hosts of Shut up and Laugh at Burritoville, which was voted one of the best comedy venues in Montreal in 2013 and 2014. He has headlined across Canada, co-wrote and starred in the 2014 Montreal Fringe production, Hardcastle and McCormick:Spiceface. Morgan was also a part of the 2014 and 2015 Just For Laughs Festival.
TRANNA WINTOUR is an optimistic, spiritual, happy, raunchy, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry comedienne.
They made their comedy debut at an open mic at the Montreal ComedyWorks, and since that fateful moment they have been unstoppable. With their unique brand of humour (and glamour!), Tranna has taken the comedy scene by storm. They most recently performed their one-woman show at New York City’s legendary Duplex to a packed and adoring house.
They have performed in many festivals including Just For Laughs, SheDot, Zoofest, LadyFest, Pride Toronto, Montreal Sketch Fest, Divers/Cité, and performed their one-woman show, TRANTASY, to rave reviews in the Montreal Fringe Festival (2015). They were selected as a competitor in Sirius XM’s Top Comic contest for two years running. Tranna has also made a name for themselves on the burlesque scene, acting as MC for many of Montreal’s most fabulous burlesque troops. This summer Tranna, alongside co-producer and co-host, Thomas Leblanc, performed three sold-out nights of “Sainte Celine: A Dion Cabaret” at OFF Just For Laughs.
Tranna’s work has received the attention of international publications: they’ve been profiled in The Daily Front Row (New York City’s official Fashion Week magazine), the UK’s Daily Telegraph, and the Montreal Gazette, which named them one of the city’s 20 hottest Montrealers. They have graced the cover of CultMTL and was ranked the second best comedian in their Best of Montreal poll (they’ve placed consistently in the top 3 for the last 3 years). Tranna has been described by legendary comedienne, Sandra Bernhard, as “a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter’s night.” And Tranna shines that light wherever they perform.