Across Canada

The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians has recruited ambassadors all across Canada to help spread the word about CASC.
There can be more than one ambassador in any given community, province or territory. If you are interested in representing your community, province or territory on behalf of CASC, contact us at

Efthimios Nassiopolous

Efthimios is from Toronto, ON. Growing up in a blue-collar family and living in a multi-cultural city, gave Efthimios his first influences as a comedian. His comedy gives us a hysterical insight into human nature and tears down many social conventions we take for granted.

While using his acerbic wit and charm, he is able to take audiences to places further than they had expected. This summer he will be debuting his one-man show ‘Disengaged at the Montreal Fringe Festival to be followed by the Toronto Fringe Festival. He’s also performed at JFL northwest, the Hubcap comedy festival, CBC’s The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and CBC’s LOL. You can hear him on Sirius XM where he’s released his first album ‘Efthimios’. It is available on iTunes.

He currently resides in Vancouver BC

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Julie Kim

Julie Kim is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated stand-up comedian. Since 2012, Julie has been featured multiple times on CBC’s The Debaters and Laugh Out Loud, and has appeared on national television and radio. She has performed multiple times at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Just for Laughs Northwest. Julie regularly provides corporate entertainment services as an event host, moderator, facilitator and speaker.
Julie has performed in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Portland, Las Vegas, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Calgary, and Edmonton. She continues to travel far and wide in order to achieve her mission to spread happiness and unite people through laughter.
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Pete Zedlacher

Born and raised in the northern Ontario town of Wawa, Pete moved to New York City after graduation to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. The intensive acting program helped him infuse a theatrical element into his act. Working exclusively in theatre around New York, he began performing at the famed William Redfield Theater in an Off-Broadway Production. Following this successful run, Pete found his way back to his homeland. Landing in Toronto, he threw himself into the stand-up comedy circuit with much success and has quickly become one of the top headlining comics in the country as evidenced by his 2006 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up. Touring Canada from coast to coast Pete is a fan favourite within both the alternative and mainstream comedy club scene. He has appeared on his own one-hour episode of Comedy NOW! for CTV/The Comedy Network, which recently in repeats received the 2nd highest ratings in the show’s history.
Pete is a two-time Gemini Award nominee for his recent television performances at Just For Laughs and CBC’s The Halifax Comedy Festival.
Pete has made numerous film television appearances, including Rookie Blue, CBC’s The Sean Cullen Show, Little Mosque On The Prairie, Puppets Who Kill, CTV’s Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. His film credits include American Pie Presents: “The Naked Mile”, and George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.
Currently, a writer for The Ron James Show and CBC Radio’s wildly popular The Debaters, Zedlacher has also written for numerous other programs including The Hour With George Stroumboulopoulos.
Pete is most proud of his military shows, entertaining the coalition forces overseas on numerous occasions, including 3 tours in Afghanistan.

Kathleen McGee

Did you have that babysitter who was the first person to explain what a bikini wax was? She was the one who always snuck into your mom’s scotch, gave you a nip, then had a screaming fight with her boyfriend on your land line, warned you off all men, then the boyfriend showed up and they spent the rest of the night making out on your couch.
No? You do now.
Kathleen has been seen at Just for Laughs on The Nasty Girls Show, JFL Northwest Nasty Show, a finalist in SiriusXM Top Comic, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC Debaters, CBC Television, Bite TV and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM Radio. She has opened for some of the biggest names in comedy right now including Russell Peters, Hannibal Burress, Dave Foley & Ari Shaffir.
This girl's unapologetic and dark sense of humor will have you talking long after the show is over.

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Elissa Kixen

Elissa Black Wolf Kixen is a Two Spirit Anishinaabe comedian from, Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been performing comedy for over twenty years in various cities in Canada and the US. She studied at Second City in Los Angeles. She is the Co-producer/founder of WOKE Comedy Hour, an open mic for People of Colour and Indigenous Folks. A regular contributor on APTN's "The Laughing Drum", performed on Queer and Present Danger and opened for some pretty amazing comedians and some not-so amazing comedians.

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Derek Seguin

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.
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).

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Jerome Claveau

Jerome Claveau (aka JayMan) was born in Quebec City. He started acting in amateur plays early in his life, but he switched to stand-up when he discovered the proximity and reciprocity this art form allows to foster with the audience. For the last three years, beside honing his craft, he's been working at creating a viable comedy scene in his home town, Quebec City.

He put up his own comedy show while helping many other comedians to do the same thing. He also co-created the HUMOUR Fest, an annual, underground comedy festival designed to give new comedians a chance to perform at a festival. On top of that, he hosts around 10 shows every month around the province of Quebec, and performs whenever (and wherever) possible.
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Sam MacDonald

Much like another PEI character, Anne Shirley, Sam MacDonald calls PEI home despite being from another province. A rising star who has become a staple of the Maritime comedy scene, Sam shines whether he is performing as the nefarious Dr. Feinstein with PEI’s Red Rock Wrestling, producing and hosting the monthly Kraken Up Maritime Comedy Showcase, or establishing a platform for new comedic voices in his bi-weekly open-mic shows. A multi-award winner, Sam has found success in his work; he was awarded “Most Unique Concept” at Fringe 2017 for his interview series “What’s so Funny About?” as well as James Mullinger’s Comedy Bootcamp title “Funniest Person on PEI”. His friendly self-deprecating style will leave you unable to decide whether he would give really good hugs or need one really bad.
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Nikki Payne

Nikki Payne (also credited as Nikkie Payne), is a Canadian comedian and actress, from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born with a cleft palate, she is well known for incorporating her lisp into her comedy act.
She has won three Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Stand-up Newcomer and Best Female Stand-up in 2003, 2005 & 2008.

Martin Saulnier

A bilingual comedian and host, Martin's storytelling and humour are inspired by the American stand-up style. With his charming accent and impeccable timing, he has been making people laugh in the Maritime Provinces since 2012.
Winner of the 2016 L'Acadie Juste pour rire amateur competition, he appeared in Just for Laughs' Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, and Moncton's Hubcap Comedy Festival. He's recently done the Just For Laughs taping of D'Un Rire a L'Autre for Unis TV in Edmonton, as well as hit the Montreal stages.

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Mike Hammond

Mike Hammond is a comedian, a writer, and an improviser. This skill set makes him unemployable. Since starting stand-up in 2012, Mike has performed all over Canada including performances with Deanne Smith, Chris Locke, and Mike Wilmot. As an improviser, Mike has learned and performed all over the world. He is also a founding member and current artistic director of Stanley Braxton Improv Co. in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Bibi Bilodeau

Bibi Bilodeau performs regularly with Mahaha Comedy in Iqaluit, NU. She has produced popular events such as Ladies Lube Wrestling and Iqaluit Pride featuring Elvira Kurt. She recently started the first all-women standup group in Iqaluit with comic Angnakuluk Freisen, "Women Get Sh*t Done", to develop more Inuit, queer, and female comics...and to put Nunavut on Canada' comedy circuit!


Franco Buscemi

Franco Buscemi is a co-founder and co-producer of Mahaha Comedy in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Mahaha has grown a comedy scene in Iqaluit for local artists to showcase their comedic talents

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Jenny Hamilton

Jenny Hamilton is a stand-up comedian from Canada's true north, the Yukon. Jenny has been entertaining people for decades, the last 10 years with a mic in her hand. Performing from Alaska to Australia, she is a crowd favourite of burly Miners and Grandmas alike, and everyone in-between. Jenny brings original and personal comedy to her shows. Growing up and living in the Yukon has given her a different perspective of the world. A facetious skewed view.

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Chantel Marostica

Chantel Marostica, known for their unique brand of high energy physical comedy, brings their jokes to life through a combination of storytelling, impressions, and spot on timing.

Founder and Producer of Canada’s Touring LGBTQ Comedy Showcases “Queer and Present Danger”, they also run the Queer Comedy Bi-Monthly Showcase at The Rivoli “The Up and Comers” highlighting Canada’s rising lgbtqqip2saa identifying stars in comedy.

Chantel has been featured in Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42, ODDBLOCK, Guelph Comedy Festival, Sirius XM's Top Comic Finals 2014, Comedy Brawl Finals 2015-16, JFL Homegrown Competition, Kevin Hart's, "Laugh Out Loud" and Ha!ifax Comedy Fest's "Lower Deck".

Featured on CBC's "Laugh Out Loud", "Debaters" and "Workin' Moms" Chantel was Nominated for Best Stand Up at the 2015 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and won the Patrons Pick Award in both 2015 and 2016

They've opened for some amazingly talented Comedians including Judy Gold, Charlie Murphy, Ron Lynch, Kate Berlant, Judy Gold, Wendy Leibman, Tom Green, and Russell Peters on his "Almost Famous" Tour

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Kyle Brownrigg

With his quick wit, incisive observations, and bold stage presence Kyle can only be described as memorable. Whether he is tackling senseless or serious subject matter, the audience is met with consistent hilarity. Kyle believes anything can be funny when a strong conviction is delivered with a carefully designed combination of words.

In his short comedy career he has performed in festivals, arenas, and on CBC television. Kyle’s own embarrassment and personal struggles are always on the table making his work relatable to any audience.

Oh and he’s funny.

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Shawn McLaren

Shawn McLaren has been involved in Northern Ontario’s creative community for over a decade starting with the Canadian Improv Games as a player and eventually as coach during the National Improv Games in Ottawa. His love for creative spontaneity and perhaps, his short attention span, has allowed Shawn to dabble in musical theatre, improv murder mysteries, film, radio and stand up comedy.

He has been performing stand up all over Ontario, performing with Absolute Comedy and Yuk Yuks. He has been featured in the LOL Sudbury Comedy Festival and the North Bay Comedy Festival. He will be releasing his first feature film which he co-wrote and produced, "THC+" in 2018.

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