Industry Advisor Committee

Who's giving us advice?

Industry Advisors for the Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians do just that- they advise us! This means that they don't necessarily endorse CASC initiatives as their own, or as a reflection of their personal opinions, or that of their respective employer's. They offer their industry knowledge and advice in support of advancing our Objectives, as written in our Constitution and ByLaws.

Douglas Murray

Partner with Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP


Doug Murray is a partner with Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, providing legal advice to a wide variety of film, TV and new media producers, artists, writers, directors, actors, comedians, animators, YouTube personalities, musicians, music publishers, photographers and financiers.

A working actor since his days in law school, Doug began his legal career as a trial lawyer in Toronto, "acting" for clients in the courtrooms while fitting in film and TV roles and, at night, performing sketch and improv comedy. In 2002, with some of the producers, directors and actors he's worked with as his first clients, Doug launched his entertainment law practice and hasn't looked back.

Doug is a contributing writer to Playback and Broadcast magazines.

Doug can be reached at doug@tomllawyers.com and at 416-537-1529 ext 231

Heather Muir

Television Professional


Heather Muir is a television professional with over 20 years of experience producing and casting talent with a specialty in comedy and reality: hosts, experts and participants.

Heather’s credits include Casting Director for CBC’s new daytime show The Goods, CBC’s hit Canada’s Smartest Person, Slice’s First Dates, Casting Director and Cast Producer for seasons 1 and 2 of Big Brother Canada, NBC/Global’s hidden camera show Howie Do It with Howie Mandel. She has crossed this country many times meeting thousands of hopefuls for The Bachelor Canada, Canada’s Got Talent, Canada Sings and Canadian Idol. Heather has a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a post-grad diploma in Business Administration. She is a certified scuba diver, has bungee jumped off Victoria Falls Bridge, floated in the Dead Sea and looks terrific in most hats.

Joe Thistle


Joe Thistel oversees SiriusXM’s exclusive Canadian talk programming line-up, including the 24-hour comedy channel, Canada Laughs.

One of the country’s most experienced radio broadcasters, he has worked with many of North America’s most recognizable personalities and networks and was at the forefront of developing Satellite Radio programming in Canada.

Zoe Rabnett

Director of Festival Talent & Planning at Just For Laughs


Zoe Rabnett has worked in the Canadian and international comedy industry for more than 20 years, in a variety of positions across Canada and around the world. In her current role as Director of Festival Talent & Planning for the prestigious Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, she is responsible for finding the best comedy talents in the world and bringing them to the fully curated Just For Laughs global comedy events. Just for Laughs’ Montreal Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017 and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming over 2 million people each summer.

The company has expanded with festivals in Toronto (JFL42), Vancouver (JFL NorthWest) and Sydney (Just For Laughs Sydney). The company also successfully tours across the globe bringing some of the festivals’ best talent to Canada, the US, Bermuda, Mexico, Australia and Asia, and it has personal management offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Montreal. Just for Laughs television shows are seen in over 140 countries and on over 100 airlines around the world and have been seen on CW, ABC, Fox, MTV, Showtime, HBO, BBC America, CBC, The Comedy Network, Comedy Central, The Comedy Channel, BBC1, TF1 and RTL, to but name a few.
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