CBC RADIO'S LAUGH OUT LOUD GALA
The CBC RADIO GALA - Friday, April 8. The 8th annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival returns with live recordings for Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio in the beautiful event space at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. Host of LOL, Ali Hassan returns to MC this amazing lineup of some of Canada's top comedians, including: Keith Pedro, Nick Beaton, Nour Hadidi, Dylan Gott, Dena Jackson & Rob Pue!
Ali is the host of stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and SiriusXM, a frequent guest-host on q and As It Happens - which air on CBC Radio and NPR - and the host of Canada Reads - the annual book-battle celebrating the best of Canadian literature. CBC host Tom Power has referred to him as the "Vince McMahon of books". He'll take it.
Ali has toured Canada with his solo comedy show Muslim Interrupted, and was part of the 2019 Just for Laughs’ cross-country tour, hosted by Rick Mercer. Recently, Ali was in the films MySpy, Mafia Inc, and Tammy's Always Dying and in 2021 he will appear in the brand-new seasons of Workin' Moms and Murdoch Mysteries
Keith Pedro has been one of North America's rising stars. Recently featured on Kevin Hart's new Laugh Out Loud network, Keith has been touring all across the globe spreading his hilarious wit to many different audiences. From Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival all the way to CBC's Halifax Comedy Festival. You've heard him on SiriusXM and his debut Comedy Album "Grindecology" was the first Canadian comedy album reach the top spots for Google Play and iTunes in it's opening week.
Keith is known for his off the top improvisational and crowd work skills and is currently a headliner with Yuk Yuk's and has been performing all across the world, from festivals to tours, displaying his in-your-face persona and his fast talking, smart-ass swagger. Even aside from stand up comedy, Keith has done everything from being a part of the eTalk featured sketch crew "THE BOOM" all the way to acting on Degrassi The Next Generation. Catch Pedro at one of his shows and you'll definitely get a new ab workout.
From a blue-collar background, Nick Beaton cuts through the bullshit of an overly bureaucratic society that takes itself way too seriously. Whether it’s done through his opinionated rants, hard-hitting jokes, or his disarming "every man" personality Nick Beaton is a favourite wherever he performs. He has performed on 4 continents, 7 countries, and over 40 cities. His run at the Edinburgh Festival received glowing five star reviews, from both “Broadway Baby” and “Three Weeks,” the latter of which described him as having, “enviable confidence, timing, and manner of a comedian with decades of experience beyond his years.”
Nick wrote for the hit show on CTV, Spun Out staring Dave Foley was a panellist on Match Game and was featured on CBC's The Debaters. He has performed at Montreal’s International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival three times, as well as the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Moncton Comedy Festival, the Sudbury Comedy Festival and the Icebreakers Comedy Festival. He has received numerous accolades for his comedy, including winning the 2007 Just For Laughs Toronto Home-grown Competition, and being nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards, including one for his comedy special, “Comedy Now!” that aired nationally in Canada.
Nour Hadidi is standup comic and writer. She has appeared at Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, and CBC’s The Debaters, and more recently filmed a half hour comedy special for Comedy Central in the Middle East. Nour has also written for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Comedy Network’s The Beaverton.
Dylan Gott has performed in 21 countries across the globe, been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, appeared on Comedy Central and Viceland UK in 'Bobby and Harriet are Getting Married, performed at prestigious comedy festivals such as JFL42, North By Northeast, had his own televised special on iChannel called No Kidding and hosted his own radio show on SiriusXM Radio 'The Sport Brahs'.
Dena Jackson is a Toronto-based comedian, writer and TEDx speaker. Her work has been featured on the CBC and the Beaverton and she’s performed at clubs and festivals throughout North America including the Winnipeg Comedy Festival,
CBC’s LOL and JFL42. She’s also had the privilege of performing multiple shows in Alaska for the U.S. Military.
Dena’s debut album, Blue Lights reached number one on the iTunes Comedy Charts and can be regularly heard on SiriusXM Radio.
After appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival and a breakout viral video from Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2018, (over 1.9M views on YouTube and 15M on Facebook), Rob Bebenek has asserted himself as one of the brightest new voices to come out of Canada.
Quick wit and a keen eye for observation, highlight a comedy skill set that is becoming a force on stages across North America, and has audiences wanting more.
As a finalist in SiriusXM’s Top Comic, Bebenek asserted himself as a major player in comedy and has since imposed his brand on Theatres, clubs and colleges, and rightly so. The man is flat out funny.
From Kitchener Ontario, Bebenek AKA Ol’ Bebsie, has been drawing acclaim across Canada earning himself appearances on MTV and opening concert series for Bob Saget, Burt Kreischer, Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, and Gerry Dee, to name a few.