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These Comedians will perform at the Niagara Falls Comedy Fest

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews will perform at the Comedy Fest

It all began 21 years ago in 1986 when Mark Matthews stepped on stage for his first ever, stand-up appearance at the Funniest Person in Hamilton Contest and out of 15 comics ...placed dead last. The next year he 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 performed in Canada and the United States. He's opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jimmy "JJ" Walker to name just a few. In Niagara Falls, Mark was the guest Emcee at the opening of Planet Hollywood appearing with Bruce Willis.

T.V. appearances include: Crystal Comedy Quest, The Fruitopia Comedy Fest, and Comedy at Club 54. Mark has also appeared in the CBC show Comics playing the simple-minded brother of comedian Jeremy Hotz.

At home in "The Honeymoon Capital", Mark spent three years as the co-host of a local talk show Daytime. He was also the guest co-host on the morning show with Jack Peetes on 97.7 HTZ-FM and has voiced numerous commercials. Twice the producer of Niagara Falls' Misty Awards, Mark works with Tangerine Music writing and voicing commercials and shares executive producer credits with Rick Rose on their independent music CD series Spirit of the Falls I & II. Rick and Mark also acted as promoters for Pink Floyd Niagara, North America's largest touring Pink Floyd tribute band.

Mark is the founder of Mark Matthews and Friends a fund established to help kidney patients in financial difficulty; he is also a spokesperson for the Jim Hughes Charity, a local organization that has raised almost $100,000 to help people living with ALS.

 

Paul Haywood

Paul Haywood will perform at the Comedy Fest

One is swept up by this instantly likeable lanky looney-tune, and kept by the depth of material and performance. Paul is a high end, free-wheeling hybrid, able to work absolutely clean (or not...) with ease. He draws material from his crazy everyday life and spins it into comedy gold. His natural improv skills keep audiences wanting more.

Paul has been a fixture on the national scene since winning the Toronto New Comic Search in 1998. Over his 20 years he has done it all from packed theaters of 1000 people to 25 people in a man-cave garage. He was even hired to dress up as a door man and heckle lawyers as they arrived at their corporate party - everyone has a different sense of team. Paul has his own one hour Comedy Now special and was a hit at CBC's Halifax Comedy Festival.

Paul has starred in over 40 commercials worldwide, showcasing his comedic timing and antics. Most recently recognized during Blue Jays broadcasts as the goofy Dad who can't catch in Honda's trade-in your car event ads. Paul won a Bessie award for best male performance in a U.S. national Budweiser ad that aired during the SuperBowl. Paul's film & television appearances include; "The Squeeze" at the international short film festival, "The Santa Suit" opposite Kevin Sorbo, on the Hallmark and WTN networks in Canada and the U.S., the sitcom "Dan for Mayor", he even scored a small role in the recent Robocop reboot, sharing a scene with Gary Oldman.

You can continue to see Paul's own Comedy Now special on CTV, The Comedy Network and online, and can be heard on XM Satellite radio.

Testimonials:

"Out of control funny...His jokes cut like razors." – Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine.
"Haywood shows a great deal of ease when performing and has great facial expressions which reeled the audience in." – JH5: Comedy Blog. Read full review.
"A real find, rocked the house" -102.1 The Edge.
"You’re pretty quick for a mainlander" – Some spooky Lady from Clarenville, NL, with beans for teeth and whiskey in a coffee cup.

 

Shannon Laverty

Shannon Laverty will perform at the Comedy Fest

Since entering the Yuk Yuks Search for Canada's Funniest New Comic 26 years ago, Laverty has been nominated four times for a Canadian Comedy Award.

In December, 2014 Shannon was named as a 'top host of the year' in Now Magazine by comedy critic Glen Sumi. She has traveled Canada from Vancouver to St. John's performing stand-up comedy, and has also toured in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa.

Some of her favorite shows have been at community fundraisers and Military posts. In October 2006, she performed at a NATO base in Germany and hopes one day to travel the world performing for all of the military personnel.

Shannon's recent TV and Radio credits include: Laugh Out Loud (CBC RADIO), Winnipeg Comedy Fest (CBC), Listed (Much More Music), Club 54 , "Fruitopia Comedy Funfest" at Paramount Canada's Wonderland (broadcast on CKVR-TV), The Movie Network's Pay-Per-View comedy special "Mondo Taboo 2", She's So Funny and Funny Girls on the Woman's Television Network, Comics (On CBC-appeared in 2 B roles) and Yuk Yuk's-The Radio Show on the Telemedia Network. Shannon has also made numerous appearances at the Molson Canadian Toronto Comedy Festival.

Laverty's on stage persona is proud to be provocative. Her Mae West come-hither attitude will draw you in and her flirtatious delivery has been embraced by both sexes.

 

Clifford Myers

Clifford Myers will perform at the Comedy Fest

Clifford Myers moved to Hamilton, ON in 2008 after studying theology at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, ON and film production studies at the Toronto Film School. He proceeded to expand his life and career interests by transitioning into stand-up comedy where he quickly developed a name for himself as a talented upcoming performer. With his strong crowd interaction and storytelling ability, Clifford is best known for delivering a different show, every show. In 2014, Clifford was awarded Best Emerging Artist for Performance at the Hamilton Arts Awards. He is a larger-than-life storyteller who packs every performance with an unparalleled amount of energy. As seen on NXNE, Just For Laughs 42, and MTV. This will be Clifford's third appearance at the Komedy for Kidneys Rodney Pentland Memorial Benefit Show.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Quigley

Chris Quigley will perform at the Comedy Fest

Chris Quigley has been wowing audiences and mastering his craft from the young age of 19, making him one of Canada 's top Comedians, and earning him an hour-long Special on CTV's well known “Comedy Now”. With a wide range of topics and facial expressions that are second to none, he is sure to please all audiences young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Rizzi

Nicholas Rizzi will perform at the Comedy Fest

Growing up with cerebral palsy, Nicholas Rizzi had it hard than most people growing up but that never discouraged him from making people laugh. Nicholas started in stand-up comedy in 2005, going from stage to stage, non-paid to paid gigs. He crafted his material from true life events that landed him several spots on Kenny Robinson's Nubian Show, a first-place finish in the Bing Bang Bong You're Gone Gong competition, and a finalist spot in Hamilton's Search for the Next Top Comic. Over 10 years later, Nicholas is still hitting the stage making audiences feel guilty for laughing at him! Like fine wine, his humour is an acquired laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Hotz

Jeremy Hotz will perform at the Comedy Fest

One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Canadian born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. With another stellar performance at this year's Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour "What A Miserable Tour This Is....", as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.

Originally from Ottawa, 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 Comedy Central with his own half hour special, and was on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour. This past summer, Jeremy filmed a one hour TV special "What A Miserable Show This Is..." for CTV.

Hotz is a favorite in theaters and stand-up comedy clubs across Canada and the US, including the world famous Laugh Factory and Improv in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Jeremy has also headlined at HBO's prestigious comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado.

Beyond his stand-up comic merits, Jeremy is also a talented actor who has appeared in the feature films My Favorite Martian (with Elizabeth Hurley) and Speed 2 (with Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric). He starred in the four-part mini-series Married Life on Comedy Central and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC's "OH CANA-DUH". 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.

Most recently, Jeremy released his DVD, "What a Miserable DVD This Is..." internationally.

 

 

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