Edmonton Comedy Festival 2019

2019 PERFORMERS

Emo Phillips

Emo Phillips
Biography

Los Angeles

Described by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America,” and considered by many, including “Weird Al” Yankovic, as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world. Since starting out, at the age of twenty, in Chicago in 1976, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials and many appearances on network television, in both America and the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Doctor Katz and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm
  • Best Of The Fest Gala Saturday, October 19th at 7:30pm
Monique Marvez

Monique Marvez
Biography

Los Angeles

With an hourglass figure and a stopwatch wit, Monique has a knack for making powerful first impressions. She is the late night host of his Miami television venture WAMI and star of three TV specials: Monique Over Miami, Not Skinny, Not Blonde and Lady Zings the Blues. Eva Longoria chose her to be one of the original members of the ongoing comedy troupe “The Hot Tamales Live”. Her one woman show had a six week run at the venerable Pasadena Ice House . For many years she was the host of "The Monique Marvez Show" which aired on LA’s venerable KFI AM 640 radio every Saturday night.

Festival Shows

  • Best Of The Fest Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Late Night Date Night Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Dusty Slay

Dusty Slay
Biography

Nashville

Originally from Opelika, Alabama, Dusty Slay now makes his home in Nashville. Dusty was recently selected to be a New Face at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. He has appeared on several network shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC’s "Last Comic Standing”, “Laughs on FOX", and has been a featured comedian on "TMZ". Dusty's comedy is regularly showcased on nationally syndicated radio programs including Sirius XM, Pandora Radio and "The Bob and Tom Radio Show".

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
Mike Vecchione

Mike Vecchione
Biography

New York

Mike Vecchione has appeared on Live at Gotham, Fresh Face Debates, and Russell Simmons Presents: Stand Up at the El Rey Theatre. Mike also had a guest appearance on the IFC hit show Z Rock. In 2010, Mike won the People’s Choice Award for the New York Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, performed at Just For Laughs. And appeared on the Tonight Show. Since then Mike has appeared on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, was again a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, made an appearance on Conan as well as Inside Amy Schumer, and returned to The Tonight Show.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Best Of The Fest Gala Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
John Wing

John Wing
Biography

Los Angeles

A veteran of over 30 years in the comedy business, John Wing began in Toronto and moved to Los Angeles in 1988. He has performed on “The Tonight Show” six times and at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival nine times. A regular performer on Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines, John has traveled the length and breadth of the North American continent, working in 36 states and 10 Canadian Provinces. Most recently he almost made it to the final ten contestants on America’s Got talent. He can be heard regularly on CBC’s the Debaters and is a regular contributor to Definitely Not The Opera.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Best Of The Fest Gala Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
Andrew Grose

Andrew Grose
Biography

Edmonton

Andrew Grose has appeared on some of the most prestigious stages in Canada from Montreal’s Just For Laughs to the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show. He’s performed on countless television specials and at all the major festivals in Canada including the Edmonton Comedy Festival which he’s produced for the last 9 years. Originally from Charlottetown, P.E.I. Andrew makes his home in Edmonton, Alberta where he organized the Laughing For Cancer Benefit which raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research and treatment in Alberta.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Best Of The Fest Gala Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
Adam Blank

Adam Blank
Biography

Edmonton

A life long standup comedy fan, Adam Blank decided to “hit reset” at the age of 32, walking away from his job as a forklift operator to become a standup comedian. Today, he’s considered one of the top up and coming comedians in Canada. He has toured all across the country, performing at major comedy clubs and festivals. He’s been seen on Shaw TV, and appears alongside Hopper Penn and UFC star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the upcoming feature film ‘Puppy Love’.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Alex Fortin

Alex Fortin
Biography

Edmonton

Alex Fortin started performing at the age of 19, and has quickly become one of Western Canada's most accomplished young acts. His honest stories and truth seeking rants have landed him appearances in The Okanagan Comedy Festival, The Edmonton Fringe Festival and The Main Event at The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. He is no relation to Alexandre Fortin who is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League.

Festival Shows

  • Media Challenge Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm
  • Late Night Date Night Gala Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
Damonde Tschritter

Damonde Tschritter
Biography

Vancouver

Damonde's credits include CTV's Comedy Now, three appearances on CBC's Madly Off In All Directions, Just For Laughs, Chicago Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's USA vs. Canada Stand-Up weekend, winner of the 2006 Seattle International Comedy Competition, creator of the Vancouver Comedy Festivals “ Glossy Awards Show”, writer/ producer and star of the film Comedy Club – nominated for best picture at the 2000 Reel Madness Comedy Film Festival. As well as numerous film and T.V. appearances.

Festival Shows

  • Club Series Friday, October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn
Biography

Victoria

Dan Quinn is a natural storyteller. With tales taken from his life he has become an international headliner. He is founder and member of the hugely popular Snowed In Comedy Tour. He tours Canada, the U.S, Australia and the U.K. Winner of The Canadian comedy competition at Just for Laughs, Chosen Best of the Fest, Moncton Comedy festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival. He has been seen on CBC, CTV and the Comedy Network and heard on Sirius/ XM Radio. He can be seen in several TV specials on Check TV.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Dave Nystrom

Dave Nystrom
Biography

Calgary

Dave Nystrom has performed stand up all over the world, including a tour of the United Kingdom, HBO's prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, filmed a stand up special for Comedy Central in New York and his own one hour TV special for the Canadian Comedy Network. In 2006 he was brought on as a writer for CBC’s “This Hour has 22 Minutes” during which he won a Canadian Comedy Award and a Writer’s Guild of Canada Award. He has also written for National Lampoon, wrote the special features on the Anniversary Blu­Ray Edition of the cult movie “Office Space” and filmed a pilot for VH1.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
DJ Demers

DJ Demers
Biography

Los Angeles

Born in Canada and now based in Los Angeles, California, D.J. Demers released his second stand-up album, “Uninterpreted”, on all the major streaming platforms in June of 2019. His first album, “Indistinct Chatter”, was nominated at the 2018 Juno Awards for Comedy Album of the Year. D.J. appeared on season 11 of America's Got Talent. He has performed stand-up on Conan twice and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He now appears at comedy clubs and festivals across North America.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
Drew Behm

Drew Behm
Biography

Toronto

Drew Behm grew up in Edmonton but now makes his home in Toronto. As a writer, Drew's satire has been featured on the CBC's Comedy website and The Hard Times Magazine. Drew’s first festival appearance was at The Edmonton Comedy Festival and he has since made appearances at the JFL42 Festival in Toronto, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and was a semifinalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Drew's debut album "GNARLY" was released in September 2018 on all platforms, and his act can also be heard regularly on Sirius XM satellite radio.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Best Of The Fest Gala Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Eman El-husseini

Eman El-husseini
Biography

Montreal

Since her comedy debut in 2006 Eman El-Husseini has racked up an impressive list of credits. Travelling across Canada, the U.S and the Middle East she covers a wide range of topics, from how lesbians are the new gentlemen to her parents’ wedding anniversary. A regular at comedy festivals around the world, her TV credits include a half hour comedy special on CTV, Comedy Network and the iChannel. The Montreal Gazette describes her as “Fearless and ferociously funny” and named her “The Queen of Montreal comedy”.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge Gala Friday October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
Julie Kim

Julie Kim
Biography

Vancouver

Julie Kim is a two time Canadian Comedy Award nominated stand-up comedian. In 2018, she released her debut comedy album, and was discovered by fans worldwide as her comedy videos amassed over 18 million views online. She has been a regular performer on major televised comedy festivals including the Halifax Comedy Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has also performed at the Hubcap Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Northwest Festival, and the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Julie has been featured multiple times on CBC’s hit radio show The Debaters and CBC's Laugh Out Loud.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Kathleen McGee

Kathleen McGee
Biography

Edmonton

Kathleen has been seen on the Just For Laughs 'Nasty Girls Show', JFL Northwest 'Nasty Show', Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and CBC's The Debaters. She can be heard regularly on SiriusXM and on her popular new podcast 'Kathleen McGee is a Hot Mess'. She has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy today including Russell Peters, Ari Shaffir, Doug Stanhope & Hannibal Buress.

Festival Shows

  • Club Series Friday, October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Kevin Stobo

Kevin Stobo
Biography

Calgary

Born in Banff, Alberta Kevin Stobo started his comedy career right out of high school and won Edmonton’s Funniest New Comic Contest a month after he graduated. Since then he has performed at “Just For Laughs” and has been featured on the “Best of Just For Laughs” television special and the Comedy Network’s “Comedy Stampede”. You may also recognized Kevin from his hosting duties on Global TV’s “Inside Entertainment”, Sun Networks “The DVD Show”, TV Tropolis “ Where are They Now” and Shaw TV’s “Movie Reviews with Kevin Stobo”. Kevin can currently be seen on Shaw TV’s “Golf Tips’.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
Larke Miller

Larke Miller
Biography

Vancouver

Larke Miller is a Vancouver based stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She began her career as an actress in her teens. Her love of comedy and interest in writing led her to Los Angeles where she began performing stand-up comedy. Early on in Larke’s stand-up career, she was selected as a Los Angeles finalist on NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING. This led to her comedy being seen on THE TONIGHT SHOW on NBC. Perhaps the biggest highlight of Larke’s stand-up career was performing on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS. Larke has also been featured in a COMEDY NOW special for CTV/Comedy Network.

Festival Shows

  • Late Night Date Night Gala Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 10:00pm
Lisa Alvarado

Lisa Alvarado
Biography

Los Angeles

Lisa Alvarado, “The Latin Queen of Comedy”, TV appearances include: NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America 2″, “Thou Shall Laugh” with Sinbad, “Comics Unleashed”, “Stand Up in Stilettos” on TV Guide Network, NuvoTV, and many more. Lisa also played Paul Rodriguez’s sidekick on 20 episodes of “Mis Videos Locos” on MTV3. Ms. Alvarado was voted “Best Up & Coming Latino Comedian” by The LA Comedy Festival and her jokes have been quoted in The New York Times. She was a staff writer on the comedy game show entitled “Funny You Should Ask” on over 120 episodes.

Festival Shows

  • Late Night Date Night Gala Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Marito Lopez

Marito Lopez
Biography

Toronto

Originally from El Salvador, Marito’s fiery, high-energy and charismatic persona has landed him on stages and screens across the country, including appearances at the Hubcap Comedy Festival, NXNE, JFL42, MTV Canada and countless comedy clubs in between. In 2015, in association with his comedy collective Runnin' At The Mouth, Marito launched a parody rap album, Wit' My Woes, which went #1 on iTunes.

Festival Shows

  • Club Series Friday, October 18 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Club Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
Mike Dambra

Mike Dambra
Biography

Edmonton

Often referred to as “The Smart Ass King of Comedy” his career began back in 1987 when he claimed the title of "Funniest Person In Rochester". That, in turn earned him a job as the opening act for the likes of Howie Mandel, Rosie O'Donnell, Adam Sandler and Michael Bolton. After coming to Canada, The Calgary Sun said of Mike: "Brush up on your sit-ups before you see this show otherwise your stomach muscles will hurt the next day...." Celebrating his nearly 3 decades in the business, Mike has become a comedy staple and a club favorite across both the United States and Canada.

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Paul Sveen

Paul Sveen
Biography

Edmonton

Edmonton’s own Paul Sveen is a nationally touring comedian, with appearances on Comedy Now, The Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and Saint John’s Comedy Festivals. A 35 year veteran of the Canadian comedy scene, Paul has appeared numerous times with “The Edmonton Comedy Festival On Tour”. He’s also an Author and Key Note speaker on the power of humour. Paul is the recipient of The National Service Award for his Humour Work Shops.

Festival Shows

  • Media Challenge Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
  • Backstage Series Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm
Shayma Tash

Shayma Tash
Biography

Las Vegas

Shayma Tash made her TV debut on the Keenan Ivory Wayans show and was a regular at the Hollywood Comedy Store where she worked along side such legendary Comedians as Chris Rock, Norm Mac Donald, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and many others. Since then, Shayma has made over 50 Television appearances including: “Chelsea Lately”, ”The Tonight Show”, MTV’s “Punk’d”, on Comedy Central’s “The best Damn Sports Show Period” and many more on the E! Network. Shayma lives in Las Vegas, where she regularly performs her hilarious, edgy, high energy stand-up act, on the Las Vegas strip.

Festival Shows

  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Late Night Date Night Gala Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm
  • Cabaret Series Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm
Tyler Hawkins

Tyler Hawkins
Biography

Edmonton

Tyler Hawkins’ irreverent act won him the Homegrown Comedy Competition at the Just for Laughs festival and earned him his own national special on the Comedy Network and CTV. He has been featured on national radio and shared the stage with comedy greats including Bobcat Goldwait and Rich Hall. Tyler has graced such stages as The Comedy Store, The Imrov, The Comedy Underground in Seattle and is a regular performer on “Edmonton Comedy Festival On Tour” shows. Ali Yusuf from The Nugget wrote “… Hawkins dictates relatable comedy, which is a trait most comedians lack these days.”

Festival Shows

  • Producer's Choice Gala Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm
  • Leading Edge After Dark Gala Friday October 18 at 10:00pm
  • Late Night Date Night Gala Saturday, October 19 at 10:00pm