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These Comedians will perform at the Niagara Falls Comedy Fest

Jeff McEnery

Jeff McEnery will perform at the Comedy Fest

Jeff McEnery is a Canadian comedian born and raised in the small town of Acton, Ontario.

Jeff graduated from Humber College's Comedy: Writing and Performance Program, and in 2004 won the college's Best First Year Stand-Up Award. He won the Tim Sims Encouragement Award in 2005 and Yuk Yuk's $25,000 Great Canadian Laugh Off in 2006. He was nominated twice for the Best Stand-up Newcomer Canadian Comedy Award (2006-2007), winning in 2007. Since then, Jeff has appeared at every major Canadian comedy festival including the "Just for Laughs Comedy Festival", "Halifax Comedy Festival", "Winnipeg Comedy Festival", "LOLSudbury Comedy Festival", "Parry Sound Comedy Festival", "Guelph Comedy Festival", “Hubcap Comedy Festival” in Moncton, “Cottage Country Comedy Festival” in Muskoka and "Global ComedyFest" in Vancouver.

Jeff's one hour "Comedy Now!" stand up special was broadcast on CTV and the Comedy Network in summer of 2011 and he has been featured on the shows, "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" and "etalk".

 

 

Marc Sinodinos

Marc Sinodinos will perform at the Comedy Fest

Marc Sinodinos prides himself on being a refreshing voice in the world of stand-up comedy. Marc is known for having some of the most ridiculous and thought provoking material, and is also considered to be one of the most original and well versed comics in Canada.

Edgy, silly, unique and clever are just some words that describe one of the most requested comics in the country. With no boundaries and no remorse, Marc will either charm or harm the audience with his off-the-cuff banter, or his well crafted and absurd material.

Marc has found an original way to be universally funny without sugar coating his opinions or comments. Some people think he's offensive, some think he's a genius, most find him hilarious.

He has performed at various comedy festivals around North America including Just For Laughs, Washington DC Comedy Festival, New York State Laff Bash, and the New Jersey Comedy Festival.

Marc was also named the 2005 Canadian College Comedy Award Winner and the 2006 CBC Radio Comedy Champion.

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.

Herb Irving

Herb Irving will perform at the Comedy Fest

Herb Irving has been a professional comedian since 1991. With experience performing in comedy clubs throughout Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan, as well as the Melbourne Comedy Fest, his world travels are reflected in his show as he relates his unique perceptions of different cultures and travel anecdotes with keen observations and a sharp wit. His talents are not limited to the comedic stage though as Herb has appeared on television and film, internationally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Payne

Nikki Payne will perform at the Comedy Fest

The East Coast is famous for its seafood, fiddle music and a little lady who humps things, named Nikki Payne. Growing up in a trailer park with a speech impediment may sound tragic to many, but it is comedic gold to Nikki Payne. Not letting anything stand in her way, she has been nominated for two Gemini Awards, and has won countless Canadian Comedy Awards.

She is most known for her appearance on NBC's Last Comic Standing and Much Music's Video on Trial. Nikki has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Comedy Inc and Pop-Cultured. Nikki's CTV's Comedy Now Special is one of the highest rated ever in the entire world's history!

Nikki also lent her unique voice to Disney's The Wild as a monkey with braces. When she is not winning awards she is developing a new CTV show in her secret underground laboratory. It is no surprise to learn that Nikki has garnered a lot of attention south of the border. The Hollywood Reporter publication raved about Nikki's performance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. It seems the world cannot get enough of this little firecracker.

Nikki also finds the time to sit on the board of directors for a charity called "Making Faces", a group that teaches improv and acting classes to promote self-esteem in children who are afflicted with facial deformities.

Paul Haywood

Paul Haywood will perform at the Comedy Fest

This Scarborough native has been seen on The Comedy Network's Club 54, Open Mic with Mike Bullard, Elvira Kurt's Adventures in Comedy and been heard on XM radio. Paul is an instant crowd pleaser, with hard hitting, side splitting material based on his zany everyday life.

"Out of control funny" - 102.1 The Edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Cox

Steve Cox will perform at the Comedy Fest

Stephen started his comedy career in the 80's doing what a lot of other comedians dared not to...opening for bands. This took him from pubs and clubs to outdoor rock festivals and arenas opening for some of Canada's top acts. From Barenaked Ladies & April Wine to Buddy Guy, Stephen has toured with several big names in show business and the corporate world. Stephen acted as Master of Ceremonies for the official launch of X-BOX in Canada that drew thousands to the midnight event, toured Canada as the host of Labatt's Blue Game Show and performed at the G.M.C. Ski Challenge at Mt. Norquay in Banff & Mt St Anne in Quebec. He has also toured across Canada hosting General Motors Full Speed Event and can be seen on Television, from Comedy at Club 54 (The Comedy Network) Much-Music, The Mike Bullard Show and can be heard on the XM satellite radios "Laugh Attack". Stephen has accumulated a mass of comedy material that stems from the ordinary to the sublime. It is truly Stephen's energy & enthusiasm that drive his shows as he makes everyday occurrences absolutely hysterical. With the insight of a psychologist and a head space that could use one how could Stephen be anything but hilarious.

 

 

Gavin Stephens

Gavin Stephens will perform at the Comedy Fest

Gavin Stephens was born in Scarborough, Ontario and is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor.

In 1998, Gavin was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. From 2003 to 2007, Gavin was a writer and performer on 5 seasons of CTV's Comedy Inc.. He has filmed two episodes of CTV's Comedy Now! both in 2001 and in 2007. Gavin has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Quebec as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas. Most recently, he has been working on his one-man show, "Spectacular Spectacular" and "Nerdgasm" (a comedy show catering to nerds and geeks).

 

 

 

 

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