Comedians

Shawn Hogan


Shawn Hogan has led many lives in his 15 (or so!) years since his high school graduation: university student, warehouse supervisor in Okotoks, AB, oilfield supervisor in Zama City, AB, temporarily homeless on the streets of Sylvan Lake AB, elementary school teacher in Calgary AB, carpenter/painter for the rich and famous, and finally, entrepreneur and comedic performer. In addition to creating, producing and hosting one of the most successful and unique independent comedy shows in Toronto right now (the Hangover Cure Comedy Show), Shawn has produced and starred in over a dozen sold-out shows throughout his home province of Prince Edward Island. In 2016 Hogan was a finalist in: the city-wide Toronto Comedy Brawl Competition, the Border City Comedy Festival $5,000 Competition, as well in the Brantford Comedy Festival where he made the final 8 and performed in front of 1300 people for the chance at $10,000. Over the last year he’s performed on stages from coast to coast and beyond, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Nova Scotia, PEI, Ireland and London. Throughout it all, he remains a storyteller at heart, with a passion for the stage.

Rob Bebenek


One of the fastest rising comics in the country, Rob Bebenek has smashed audiences from coast to coast. His sharp wit and observational rants have left audiences in stitches. Rob has received major praises from peers, critics and most of all the crowds, for the way he rips apart day to day life and calls out idiocy in the world as he sees it. As a result, he is quickly becoming a club favourite. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario he now makes his home in Toronto as he hones his skills as a comedian, writer and actor. He was a finalist in Sirius XM's Canada's Next Top Comic competition in 2013. He's appeared on MTV, XM Radio and CBC's "Laugh Out Loud". He's also performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Hubcap Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival, as well as opening for Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, Gerry Dee, Tim Meadows & more!

Aliya Kanani


Aliya is a Toronto-based comedian best known for her playful and mischievous personality. Showing off her funny around the world, she recently placed as a semi-finalist for Standup NBC-2018 in New York. Aliya has also performed at Zoofest/Off-JFL, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Chicago’s NBC/Second City Breakout Comedy Festival, SiriusXM’s Top Comic, Montreal’s LadyFest, Seattle International Comedy Competition, Brantford Comedy Festival, Shedot, Crom Fest, NXNE Festival and headlined Madison’s Lady Laughs Festival. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and a proud member of the Bob Curry Fellowship. Aliya is also the co- creator, co-star of the wacky web series, Juicy. In her spare time, she co-produces and hosts underground pop-up comedy shows with The Backdoor Comedy.

Ophira Eisenberg


Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another where she has played silly games with Sir Patrick Stewart, Connie Britton, Roxanne Gay, Josh Groban, George Takei, Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Big Freeda, Lewis Black, Jessica Walter and more. She has appeared on HBO’s Girls, Comedy Central, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1. Selected as New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny, and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira's debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She has also been featured numerous times on the award winning radio show and #1 podcast, The Moth Radio Hour. Her recent comedy special “Inside Joke” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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.

Tim Rabnett


Tim Rabnett has the kind of smile on his face that only comes from really loving your job, or inhaling Nitrous Oxide. For nearly two decades Tim has been performing standup, (while not inhaling Nitrous Oxide), and putting big smiles of the face of audiences and himself. Equally comfortable performing in clubs, colleges or the cleanest corporate settings, Tim uses his deliberate, often academic approach to deliver intelligent, insightful and occasionally outrageous material. Tim has also written for TV including CBC’s Still Standing, Velocity’s Wheels That Fail and HBO Canada’s Funny As Hell. Tim is a frequent headliner at Yuk Yuk’s clubs across Canada, but has also toured extensively internationally, including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has recently filmed TV sets for Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival and CBC radio’s LOL and The Debaters. Tim can also be heard frequently on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Craig Venn


94.9 The Rock's Craig Venn has been married for a very long time. Fairly successful at that. Father for a very long time. Fairly successful at that as well. Radio Morning host for a very long time. Fairly successful at that...Wait. Successful might be a strong word!

Ian Sirota


This two- time Gemini nominee packs a punch of laughs. His hoax of Jerry Springer was recently named #50 in Canada’s All Time Funniest moments by Sirius XM radio. Ian has appeared in numerous comedy festivals and has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and many more. Ian tours across North America and last year wrote jokes with and helped Mayor Jon Tory win Dynamic Funds Humour Me Competition. Ian is the co founder of the 905 Comedy Festival.