Who Started This Association Anyway?

This small group of Canadian stand-up comedians formed the Ad Hoc Executive Committee in order to get things going.

Sandra Battaglini
Sandra BattagliniPast President
Sandra Battaglini is an award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. She is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner for her solo shows, Classy Lady, (dir by Phil Luzi) Hard Headed Woman(dir. by Mark Andrada) and was voted ‘Best Female Standup’ by NOW Magazine. She appears in David Cronenberg’s latest feature, Maps to the Stars, CBC’s sketch show Humantown, NBC Seeso’s flagship web series, The Amazing Gayle Pile, medical drama Saving Hope and Odd Squad.

This past summer she performed at Just for Laughs in Montreal and premiered her 7th solo show Baby Jeez and other Abreevs and JFL42 in Toronto, directed by Phil Luzi.

Frank Spadone
Frank SpadonePast Secretary
On March 18, 1997, Frank stepped on stage for the first time as a stand-up comic. He didn’t tell many people about it and there were just a few select friends in the audience. He was on stage for only five minutes, but those five minutes told everyone in the room that this guy truly had something special. He continued working amateur and open mic nights in Toronto, constantly building his material and starting to create a buzz. In less than a year he would perform in his first professional spot.

Soon he was headlining at the top comedy clubs in Toronto and then taking his act to many other cities across Canada. He continued honing his craft, graduating from improv classes at Second City and still takes many advanced improv and acting classes.

Monty Scott
Monty ScottPast President
For the last decade, Monty Scott has been leaving Canadian audiences in stitches from coast to coast with appearances on the Comedy Network, MTV, Bite TV and Sirius XM radio.

Born and raised in Scarborough Ontario, he manages to combine an urban practicality with an intellectual and often silly bent.

Always smart and original Monty leaves audiences gasping for air as he shares his opinions on a huge variety of subjects.

Adam Growe
Adam GrowePast Treasurer
Adam has been performing in radio, television, at conferences & events and as a stand-up comedian for over 25 years. In addition to hosting Cash Cab Canada, Adam has appeared on Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, CBS’s, Star Search and Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend.

Adam’s career portfolio includes keynote presentations, one-man shows, an interactive video Web app for businesses, and public speaking coaching for corporate leaders. Adam is a Foster Parent with his wife and three kids in Toronto.

Barry Taylor
Barry TaylorPast 1st VP
Barry Taylor has appeared in clubs and colleges across the country. His unique delivery and dry sense of humor are his signature and have lead to on-air positions with 102.1 the Edge FM and XM Satellite Radio, appearances on Comedy Network, Much Music, MTV and Raptors NBA TV as well as writing positions with the Comedy Network and Google.

In 2010 Barry founded Comedy Records, Canada’s first and only label dedicated to releasing stand up and sketch comedy albums. The label currently has offices in Toronto and New York and has released several albums that have reached the top of the iTunes and Google Play charts.