March 10 at 8:00pm: Ali Hassan with David Tsonos
As seen in Just For Laughs, in the hit movie GOON, and a regular on CBC television’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Ali Hassan is ready to share the funny side of being a married father radio host chef actor comedian trapped in a responsible adult’s body. He has matched wits with some of the sharpest comedy minds in the country on CBC radio’s The Debaters, and he’s a fan favourite on Laugh Out Loud.
David Tsonos is the youngest of five boys, so he had no choice but to become a stand-up comic. He was raised in Montreal and lived in Vancouver much of his adult life, but now calls Toronto home. He has toured comedy clubs across Canada since 1999, and can be heard on satellite radio. He has performed for corporate clients like Scotia Bank, Royal Bank, and various golf courses. He played to sold-out audiences at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. A man of many talents, he has written and directed several comedic short films, including Guys 101 which placed second at the Vancouver Celebration of Independents film festival. He also works as an actor in film (One Hit Wonder), television (Cold Blood, Forensic Factor) and commercials. Contrary to popular belief, he is neither Greek nor Jon Lovitz, but will gladly act like either if the price is right.
March 17 at 8:00pm: Kevin McGrath and Matt Alaeddine
Kevin McGrath has been providing laughs for Canadians since 1984. He got his start with The McGrath Brothers, a comedy music act that featured impressions of The Beach boys, The Bee Gees, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and many more. Kevin began performing straight stand up comedy when the brothers dis-banded and he hasn’t looked back. Kevin has appeared on CTV, Global Television, The Comedy Network, CBC, and has appeared in every major city in Canada. Kevin’s comedy is fuelled by his obvious love for his wife, his fear of flying, reluctance to anything involving strenuous activity, and his undying love for music. He is constantly evolving as a comedian, exploring new roads and new ideas which makes him a performer worth seeing again and again.
Matt Alaeddine blends the best of absurdity and oomph in a masterful narrative. This Edmonton based comedian and stunt performer has performed around the world with the Jim Rose Circus and the guinea pig Ryan Stock, he has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC as well as Comedy Central’s the Gong Show and Steve Harvey’s Big Time on the WB. as well as in print in The Weekly World News, Bizarre magazine and recently made See’s best of Edmonton his passion for comedy can be heard on The Comedy Clubhouse on CJSR FM.
March 24 at 8:00pm: Lamont Ferguson and Aisha Alpha with Dave Merheje
Lamont Ferguson started his comedy career at the ripe age of 17. Having been a highly touted musician throughout high school, it seemed only natural. Lamont’s trumpet playing got him such prestigious gigs as opening band musician for Miss Ella Fitzgerald as well as various Las Vegas performances. Lamont made his first stand-up appearance at the La Jolla Comedy Store and according to him it’s been “one long war of attrition after that.” In the past 20 years he’s played everywhere from Anchorage to Yuma and all letters in between. He’s been honing his craft for all those years. “I feel like if I can provide a good living for my family doing something that I love, then in a sense I have made it…but a pay raise can never hurt,” says Ferguson. Lamont’s act is constantly evolving, changing with him as he grows. “That’s what makes Cosby so great, he’s been funny, I mean double over funny for the past 30 years!” That’s what I base my plan on.“
Aisha performs comedy that is worldly, energetic, and silly with a positive perspective. She connects with the audience while weaving through her childhood growing up a bi-racial youngster in Winnipeg, growing curly hair and other randomly relatable observations from dating to Santa Clause.
- Featured Comedian at the Winnipeg Improv Festival 2012
- Performer at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2012 & 2013
- WINNER of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job 2011
- Host of Comedy on the Corner at Times Change(d)
- Winnipeg Top 5 Finalist for SIRIUS XM Canada’s Next Top Comic 2011
- Featured Comedian in Tazzy’s Angels at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2011 & 2012
- Team member of Running AMOK with Big Daddy Tazz
- Winnipeg’s Gone Wacky Finalist 2010
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Dave Merheje found a love for comedy at a young age and started performing in Detroit. Now living in Toronto, Dave’s comedy style has been described as aggressive in-your-face funny. Dave has gained a following with his “no fear” approach on stage, with enthralling story telling, and has even produced his own series of comedy shows called the “We Ain’t Terrorists Comedy Tour”. He’s also performed all over Canada and the US; including all the top clubs in New York and LA. Dave shares his unique vision and life experiences from the stage, with an improvisational, high energy style. He possesses uncanny ability to take you on a wild comedic journey that leaves you bursting with laughter, which is what has gained him such a loyal following. He gives you an arithmetic interpretation of urbanized life delivering one of the most original acts emerging in Canada.
March 31 at 8:00pm: Simon King and Ryan Paterson
Simon King is a professional stand up comedian active in the Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles comedy scenes. Born in England he currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a unique, aggressive, fast paced and edgy style. Simon King was born into an entertainment family that relocated to British Columbia, Canada from the South of England when he was quite young. He started acting at an early age primarily in live theater and has remained in show business since that time. After sojourns in improv and sketch Simon began aggressively pursuing stand up comedy in his early twenties. Since that time he has been featured at many comedy festivals including: The Vancouver International Comedy Festival, The TBS Las Vegas Comedy Festival and The HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. A veteran touring comic, he is not only a workhorse performer averaging nearly four hundred shows a year but also an extremely prolific writer. In addition to numerous film and television credits, in 2008 The Comedy Network and CTV filmed a one hour special starring him for the popular series Comedy Now. Simon has been featured in The LA times, the alternative arts paper the Georgia Straight, The Hollywood Reporter and many others. In November 2009 Uproar Entertainment signed Simon to an exclusive recording contract for his first full length album titled UNFAMOUS. It was recorded all in one take, no edits, at the Comedy Underground in Seattle on January 16, 2010. The album is currently in North American distribution as well as being available on Itunes. Tracks from UNFAMOUS are regularly featured on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and now living in Vancouver, Ryan was featured on CBC Radios “So you think you’re funny” after only 9 months of doing standup, since then he has toured all over Western Canada and has worked with the Trailer Park Boys, Harland Williams and Bob Kelly to mention a few. Whether the age of the audience is 1 or 101, Ryan’s comedy will keep them laughing!