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Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews will perform at the Comedy Fest

It all began in 1986, the year Mark stepped on stage for his first ever, stand-up appearance at the Funniest Person in Hamilton Contest and out of 15 comics ...he placed dead last! The next year, Mark obviously figured something out as he returned to win the contest and then perform in New York City at Catch A Rising Star and The Comic Strip - two of Manhattan's premier comedy clubs.

Mark has worked throughout North America and has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jimmy "JJ" Walker to name just a few.

Mark has also appeared on CBC’s Comics playing the simple-minded brother of comedian Jeremy Hotz. The episode was nominated for a Gemini award. Mark also starred in the award-winning Kiss of Death. A short film made for an international film competition that won the Best Cinematography Award and brought Niagara talent to the world through film.




Jason Allen

Jason Allen will perform at the Comedy Fest

Jason Allen hails from London, Ontario. His unique style of writing and delivery helped Jason start his career with a win at the Hamilton "Go Yuk Yourself" Comedy Competition. Jason has open on tour for "Randy and Mr. Lahey" of the Showcase/Netflix series "Trailer Park Boys" and presently features at comedy clubs and festivals across Canada.








Laurie Elliott

Laurie Elliott will perform at the Comedy Fest

Laurie Elliott is a stand-up comedian, actor and television writer. She is a winner of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award and is a four-time winner of Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Her stand-up credits include three CBC Galas at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Comedy Factory in Rotterdam, Raw Comedy Club in Stockholm, a gala-run at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa, and she recently opened for Arsenio Hall.

She has had recurring roles and appearances on Much Music’s Video on Trial, CBC's The Red Green Show (she married Harold!), The Jon Dore Television Show, Match Game, and CBC Radio’s The Debaters. While Laurie's voice can be heard on many animated series such as Total Drama Island, Scaredy Squirrel, Camp Lakebottom and Wishfart.

Laurie’s writing credits include five seasons of the Total Drama Series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Rocket Monkeys, Showcase's Almost Heroes, Disney's My Babysitter's a Vampire, Hulu’s original series Mother Up starring Eva Longoria and Teletoon’s Fugget About It. She is currently running a series for YTV called, The Three Amigonauts and has two animated series in development.



Jeff McEnery

Jeff McEnery will perform at the Comedy Fest

Jeff McEnery quickly established himself as one of the fastest-rising stars in comedy when he won the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Award and followed that up by winning Yuk Yuk's “$25,000 Great Canadian Laugh Off" and Best Stand-Up Newcomer at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Since then, Jeff has appeared at every major Canadian comedy festival including Just for Laughs Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival.

In 2015, Jeff was nominated for Best Male Stand Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards and released his first solo comedy CD "Sunset Acres."

As an actor, Jeff had a lead role in the critically-acclaimed drama Dog Pound. He was also a cast member on the Comedy Network’s sketch comedy series Hotbox and has made guest appearances on Murdoch Mysteries, Letterkenny, The Family Business, Covert Affairs, Jon Dore Television Show and Naturally Sadie. Meanwhile, Jeff's own short film Behind the Funny has aired nationally on The Comedy Network.




Tony Molesworth

Tony Molesworth will perform at the Comedy Fest

Tony's diverse talents and wide experience are apparent from the moment he appears on stage. An international comedy performer and club headliner for over 25 years, he has shared stages with 100s of stars like Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Cathy Jones, Russell Peters, Brent Butt, Jerry Lewis, and Ron James. Tony has even opened for the Bare Naked Ladies, Weird Al Yankovich, U2, Tommy Hunter, and Elvis Costello.

On the road since the age of 14 when he ran away and toured with four major Circuses. Tony has taken his shows across the globe from Canada and the United States to Aruba, Bermuda, Cyprus, Germany, India, and Israel -- where he entertained the armed forces by juggling live hand-grenades.

Tony also produced The Vaudeville Show -- the first show to re-open Toronto’s historical 1,000-seat Winter Garden Theatre and has toured extensively around the world with his one-man, “Hip-larious” New Vaudevillian Theater shows, THE GLOBAL VILLAGE IDIOT, CYRK du SOLO, LEVITATE and INFINTIY OR BUST.

A multi-disciplinary, Tony Molesworth is a hybrid of European-clowning and fast-paced, stand-up comedy using a variety of skills like Juggling, Magic, Music, Ventriloquism and his “Hip-sterical” cartoon word play.

He is a twentieth century fool with a gift for the gag.




Jeremy Hotz

Jeremy Hotz will perform at the Comedy Fest

One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Ottawa-born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. Jeremy began his career performing at local comedy clubs across the country. In 1997, he performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and received a standing ovation after his debut performance at the festival's prestigious television gala. He returned to the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 (voted Best Performer by the Globe and Mail), and 2008 (Chosen as Best in Fest by the Montreal Gazette). Recognition came quick, as American studios and networks showed interest and Jeremy was offered his first of many major development deals.

Another highlight for Jeremy was his debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, followed by five appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jeremy has also appeared on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, and recently filmed a one-hour TV special, What A Miserable Show This Is... for CTV that he has since taken on tour.

Beyond his stand-up comic merits, Jeremy is also a talented actor who appeared in the feature films My Favorite Martian (with Elizabeth Hurley) and Speed 2 (with Sandra Bullock). He was the recipient of a Gemini Award for "Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series" for his work in the celebrated series "The Newsroom" on the CBC and PBS in America.

Jeremy was also a staff writer and performer on the critically acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show (Paramount), and received a Gemini nomination for "Best Writing in Comedy or Variety Show or Series" for his half hour comedy special, Whatever Happened to Jeremy Hotz?

In 2008, Jeremy was honored with the Dave Broadfoot Comic Genius Award at the Canadian Comedy Awards, which is the most prestigious comedy award in the country. Following that year, he was awarded Best Male Stand-Up 2009. After headlining the Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland Comedy Festivals, Hotz was awarded the Jury Prize - Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival.



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