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Headliner: DeAnne Smith

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in The Comics | Comments Off on Headliner: DeAnne Smith

DeAnne Smith

DeAnne Smith has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal and Chicago to name a few. She’s also been on TV in four countries, including on Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show on CBS, Canada’s The Comedy Network and CBC, Australia’s Channel 10 and ABC, and UK’s Sky TV.

The Montreal Gazette says DeAnne is “fresh, cutting…one of the finest wits in the country.” The UK’s Telegraph calls her “Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder.” She’s never actually murdered anyone.

It’s hard to know what to put in a bio, guys. DeAnne also really likes toast and has a hard time maintaining talking about myself in the third person.

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Dawn Whitwell : Special Guest

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in The Comics | Comments Off on Dawn Whitwell : Special Guest

Recently rated one of America’s Funniest Lesbians by Curve Magazine, Dawn took her “subversive, slacker-next-door wit” on the road, as a featured performer at the LA Comedy Festival. A regular on The Jon Dore Television Show, Dawn has also performed standup throughout the UK, including the Edinburgh Festival. She has also appeared at Gotham and Comic Strip Live in New York, and is the founder of Comedy Girl, an all-girl standup class. Dawn debuted her live show Dirty Rotten Egg to sold out audiences at 2008′s We’re Funny That Way Festival. It has recently been published in the anthology And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families (Insomniac Press 2009). Most recently Whitwell wrote and performed Proud Larrys, with comedy partner Mae Martin, which was featured as part of Buddies In Bad Times 2010 Pride Program.

“But in this case some of the performers were sensational. Special mention has to go to Dawn Whitwell whose deadpan delivery is spot-on and who took some amazing risks.”
Susan G Cole NOW Magazine

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Nour Hadidi : Special Guest

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in The Comics | Comments Off on Nour Hadidi : Special Guest


Nour has been a stand-up comedian since 2012. Since then, she has had the opportunity to open for comedians like Jackie Kashian (Conan), Jermaine Fowler (Late Late Show), Andy Pitz (Letterman), K. Trevor Wilson (JFL), David Pryde (JFL, Debaters) and Mike Patterson (JFL). She was also a ‘Young Gun of Comedy’, an annual feature by the Comedy Nest club showcasing the next generation of Comedians.

Since moving to Toronto in 2015, Nour performed at the CBC’s Accent on Toronto in October hosted by Angelo Tsourachas. She has also been featured on the CBC News and heard on Sirius XM (Canada Laughs). In the summer of 2014, Nour studied Sketch and Joke Writing with the UCB and PIT theaters in New York City.

In 2013, Nour was an opening act for Wonho Chung’s Montreal stop of his North American & European Tour and has been a member of the ‘Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays’ tour in Montreal and Ottawa for the past three years.

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Jess Salomon: Special Guest

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in The Comics | Comments Off on Jess Salomon: Special Guest

Jess Salomon

Jess Salomon is a former UN war crimes lawyer turned stand up comic.

The Montreal Metro has called her comedy “charming and intelligent”.

A rising star on the Canadian comedy scene, Jess has quickly become a regular at clubs across the country. She has written and starred in three solo shows at the Montreal Fringe: Doing Good, Obsession, and IMO (In My Opinion), appeared on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, on Sun News Network’s Straight Talk as a contributing pundit, and in major Canadian papers such as The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette and The National Post, as well as on CBC, CJAD, The Beat, and CHOM radio. Her writing has also appeared in VICE and The Beaverton.

Jess’s festival credits include Just for Laugh’s OFFJFL and ZOOFEST, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Laughing Skull Festival, Boston Women in Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, and the She Dot Festival.

Jess recorded her first TV special as part of the iChannel’s “No Kidding” series.

When she’s not writing and performing Jess likes to check in with her old colleagues in The Hague. She enjoys hearing how sad the war criminals are without her observational wit and storytelling to keep them going. She believes they are jealous of her comedy audience and regret what they have done.


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Nick Nemeroff: Token Boy

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in The Comics | Comments Off on Nick Nemeroff: Token Boy

Nick Nemeroff

Nick Nemeroff is a cool and strong guy from Montreal. So far he’s performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Comedy Store in Sydney, and on Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal. When Nick was a teenager the comedian Sinbad singled him out in the crowd at a major festival to joke about the complexities of puberty. Nick was not comfortable but he played along. Based out of Toronto, Nick is a member of Joke Party where he co-produces & co-hosts a curated comedy show hosted by two very disrespectful teens on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Comedy Bar. He’s also a member of Ossington Comedy, a group of comics who put on different shows every Monday night at The Ossington.

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Host / Producer: Daniela Saioni

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in The Comics | Comments Off on Host / Producer: Daniela Saioni

Daniela’s nickname in high school was Brainiac, but her IQ never stopped her from making incredibly unwise and impulsive decisions. Her distinct blend of smart and subversive writing in both her stand-up and film and television writing is directly inspired by the ridiculous twists and turns her life has taken.

While training as an improviser at Second City Toronto, she found her passion for stand-up in Dawn Whitwell’s class in 2008 and has since done sets across Canada, San Francisco, New York and L.A. She was featured on CBC radio’s Laugh Out Loud and was associate director on A Russell Peters Christmas Special, was an invited performer at Regina’s Pile O’ Funny Bones Comedy Festival and has been featured in various film and television projects as a character actor since 2002.

She’s got a bestselling greeting card in print in the US that you can order HERE and another which was nominated for a Louie Award in 2015 which you can order HERE

She executive produces various live comedy events including this one, does punch-up and story editing and trains comedians in the art of original sitcom writing through her FROM SCHTICK TO SCRIPT program at Comedy Bar. She is one half of the comedy screenwriting duo Nobody’s Daughters (with Annie Bradley). They took home the Best Reserve Screenplay Award at the 2014 Female Eye Film Festival for their female ensemble comedy feature The WBI and placed in the Canadian Film Festival’s Harold Greenberg Fund Top 10 Screenplay Awards in 2016. Daniela is a member of the WGC, ACTRA and IATSE 873.

Her talents are varied but her mission is singular: change the world one laugh at a time.

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Aisha Brown

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in The Comics | Comments Off on Aisha Brown

Aisha Brown

Aisha Brown is new to the comedy scene, but is quickly making her mark. She has most recently opened for Greg Proops, Steve Simeone, and Trixx at Toronto’s Comedy Bar, she’s been featured twice on YukYuk’s Nubian Night and performed on the sold out “Things Black Girls Say”. She currently co-hosts Hard Day Comedy (a weekly female pro-am comedy show) with Cassandra Sansosti, and writes/produces online comedy content along with Foad HP and Joe Vu, as Black Salad Productions.

Aisha’s star is on the rise, and if it starts to fall, she’ll take you all down with her… Like a scientifically accurate comedy Super Nova.

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Hoodo Hersi

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in The Comics | Comments Off on Hoodo Hersi


Hoodo has been doing standup for less than 2 years in her hometown of Toronto. She has performed at spots all over the city including The Nubian Show at Yuk Yuks, and has opened for the Ugandan love god of comedy, Arthur Simeon.    Visiting American fans of West End Girls have called her “Chris Rock in a hijab”.  Tackling tough subjects like race, religion and stupid people with confidence of a rockstar, there really is no reason to not fall in love with her!

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Natalie Norman

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in The Comics | Comments Off on Natalie Norman

Natalie Norman

When Natalie Norman told her parents at the age of 24 that she wanted to be a comedian her mother’s response was “What’s wrong with you? There is no such thing as a Jewish comedian, they don’t exist, why can’t you be a doctor. Also you’re fat, lose some weight, get married and leave us alone. I have to deal with your father and I am sick of him. You are ruining my life, what if I die tomorrow. Who is going to support you, no one because I am giving all our money to your older sister Simone.”

Every since that day of disapproval Natalie has been rocking the Toronto comedy scene, proving to her mother and everyone else that Jewish comedians can and do exist. On stage Natalie electrifies the crowd with her warm presence navigating through the world of pop culture and religion, challenging the mainstreams ideas of what is and isn’t. . She is self-deprecating, yet suffers from extreme narcissism. She is not afraid to open up and share the joyous and not so cheerful moments of her life Seeing natalie perform is truly a unique experience not to be missed.

Natalie co-produces a monthly comedy show; Comedy in The Annex, which features some of the greatest comedians to come out of the Canadian comedy scene. It is held at the famous Toronto pub The Labyrinth Lounge at Brunswick Avenue and Bloor Street, in the heart of Toronto.

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Torontoist piece on our 4th Year Anniversary show

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Press Room | Comments Off on Torontoist piece on our 4th Year Anniversary show

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