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Touring and Showcasing

Touring in Canada is expensive and time consuming. Who has solved this problem and how? Will we ever be able to tour in the U.S. as easily as Americans can tour here? Build your networking skills and get info that will help you find work away from home, (and still call Canada your home), as well as industry leads for showcasing your live, or produced content. Plus, budgets and Taxes for the comedy worker, hooray!
Winnipeg Workshop CANCOM

Event Details

  • Date: Monday, December 19th
  • Time: 1pm PT / 2pm MT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET/ 5pm AT / 5:30 NT
  • Venue: Watch online (at the link below) or make a request to attend in-person at TBD in WINNIPEG, MB
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Facilatators & Educators

The comedians contributing bring a wide range of perspectives, and are joined by industry experts.
Tim Gray
Tim Gray
Peer Coordinator

Tim Gray is a stand-up comedian who has been entertaining crowds for over 14 years. He has appeared on the CBC Radio's "The Debaters" 3 times, San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Toronto Sketchfest, etc. In 2022 he made his headlining debut at Rumor’s Comedy Club. In Fall of 2022 he and his wife toured Western Canada performing in 12 cities from Winnipeg to Victoria, performing 15 shows in 14 days.

Abby Falvo

Abby Falvo has been writing and performing stand-up and sketch comedy for 12 years. Her comedy is fun, intimate, and sometimes involves a ukulele.She has performed in The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Improv Fest, and featured as part of the Just For Laughs Showcase. She has produced multiple comedy shows in Winnipeg and is the writer of Fringe show "COMMANDO: The Radio Play"

Matt Falk

Matt Falk is a comedian, writer and actor who the CBC called, “Effortlessly Funny.”You’ve heard him on Sirius Satellite Radio, Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters.His Dry Bar Comedy specials have millions of views collectively online and 3 of his comedy albums reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy charts.You’ve seen him at The Ha!lifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.He was named one of the “BEST OF THE FEST” at the Burbank Comedy Festival in California and he placed 2nd in The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.


Mike Green is thrilled that you are reading his bio, and hopes it wasn't the result of clicking the wrong link after google searching Mike Green the NHL player. Comedian Mike Green has told jokes for years on stages all across the country. He's been to Just for Laughs Montreal as part of the New Faces of Comedy Showcase, and you can watch him on season 3 of the CBC's New Wave of Standup.

When he's at home in Winnipeg Mike likes to boost his scene by producing shows like the Secret Standup Series and Comedy At the Handsome Daughter which is one of the longest running weekly shows in the country. He tours as a headliner and with the live show format he created, the Comedy Battle Royale, which was also produced for TV and you can watch on FibeTv1.Also, he's as handsome as he is brave

Shannon Guile

Shannon has been creating, producing and performing for over fifteen years. She trainedas an actor, comedian, mime and stunt performer at the University of Winnipeg, whereshe received her BA Honours in Theatre & Film. On stage, she is most recognized forher work with the three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch troupe HotThespian Action, which she founded in 2006. Together, they have appeared on nationaltelevision and radio specials and toured all across North America.

Off the stage, Shannon has appeared in over thirty film & TV productions, bothas an actor and as a stunt performer, because, why not have your cake, eat it andpretend to choke on it while falling down some stairs…too?! In 2012, she developed amime program for the Deaf community of Manitoba, which lead her to establish theinternationally recognized Deaf mime troupe 100 Decibels. In spring of 2021, Shannonperformed in the first-ever trilingual children’s play (ASL, English & French) called Plé,which she co-wrote.Most recently, Shannon has managed to combine her two decades of sketchcomedy and stunt performing by playing over 15 characters, performing numeroussword and fist fights, and embracing the role of fight captain for Manitoba TheatreCentre’s The Three Musketeers.In 2019 Shannon created her biggest masterpiece to date, a tiny cutenessfactory she calls ‘Beckett’ who matches her in energy and happily receives her dailyperformances ever since.

Joyce Delaronde

Skinny Kookoo lives in the every day world as Joyce Delaronde. She is a Métis comedian, all the way from Duck Bay, Manitoba. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in the Skinny Kookoo Comedy Sketch Show.

The film screened at WAFF where she was nominated for best new talent and TOSketchfest where her film was nominated for ‘Best of the Fest’. It also aired on Shaw and a shorter version was screened at the Gimli Film Festival. You can follow her on all social mediaplatforms

Angie St. Mars

Angie St. Mars is a stand-up comedian from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has showcased for Just For Laughs and performed across Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia. She has recorded with Just For Laughs on the compilation album Stand-Up Prairies: Zero Peripheral Vision. Sherecently made the move to Toronto in order to pursue more work in comedy. She is happy to be back in Winnipeg to take park in the CANCOM symposium.

Scott Porteous

Scott is one of Canada's youngest comedy veterans. He’s not even 40 and has already been performing stand-up comedy for nearly 20 years. Some of Scott's accolades include performing at The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and most recently had his alter-ego featured on Canada's Got Talent. Scott's style of comedy is quick, and quirky, with a hybrid of intelligent and just plain dumb jokes. Scott is very awkward but in a charming way... he thinks. Herbert Henries - Mr. Henries is the one-and-only “Comedy Dangerist” in the world! Most likely because he also invented “Comedy Dangerism”. To put it simply, Herbert performs “Acts of Danger” while telling jokes. Herbert has been in and around comedy for less than a year and has already left his mark on Canadian Comedy. Herbert recently performed in front of the judges at Canada's Got Talent and was told by Howie Mandel that he is "Winnipeg's greatest comedy export". Whether it be by his unique “dangerous stunts”, his jokes or his awkward yet endearing personality, Herbert Henries is the definition of the phrase “one of a kind”.

Vanessa Prevost

Vanessa Prevost is a sketch, improv, and stand up comedian based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. She's the producer and director of Funnyhug Comedy, Comedy Night at The Cure, is regional producer of Out Of Our Heads, and one half of the improv duo, Eh Dee Dee. In the past, Vanessa directed Eyes Up Here Variety Show, B*Rude Comedy, Backyard Sketch, and was on the main stage of Hitchhiker's Improv. When she is not performing and running shows, Vanessa is a theatre and comedy instructor at the Globe Theatre School.

Zoe Rabnett
Industry Guest

Director of Talent and Comedy Development, Counterfeit Pictures

Zoe knows and loves Canadian comedy.  As a junior agent right out of school, she learned about representing comedians and producing live shows.  Prior to Counterfeit, in her position as Director of Canadian & International Programming at Just For Laughs, Zoe was responsible for finding and booking the best comedy talents from across Canada and from around the world. Scouting talent year round, Zoe programmed countless festivals, tours, and TV productions. 

In the past two years, she assembled and worked with hundreds of comedians to create more than 25 audio albums under the Just For Laughs Originals label. She has been a producer on the Counterfeit / Just For Laughs co-productions of Roast Battle Canada (CTV Comedy), Comedy Night with Rick Mercer (CBC), The Stand Up Show (CTV Comedy) and a variety of stand up specials for Crave.  Zoe’s passion and enthusiasm for Canadian comedy is her focus as she seeks out unique and funny voices to collaborate with. And yes, you’re right, she sure claims to know a lot about comedy for someone whose bio contains zero jokes.

Dean Jenkinson

Dean Jenkinson is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning and Canadian Screen Award-winning comedy writer, performer, and festival producer. You’ve seen him on The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Comedy Now, and Air Farce; and heard him on The Debaters, Laugh Out Loud, and SiriusXM. He’s written for The Hour Has 22 Minutes for fifteen seasons, and for Just For Laughs galas since 2012. He’s been the Creative Producer of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival television galas since 2011, and in 2020 he became the festival’s Artistic Director.


Dan Quinn is a natural storyteller and has a unique ability to take tales from his life and bring them to the stage in a hilarious way. He has established himself as one of the top comedians in Canada as well as touring in England, the U.S., France and Australia. He is founder and member of the biggest comedy tour in Canada, the Snowed In Comedy Tour.

He was the winner of The Canadian comedy competition at Just for Laughs and was chosen Best of the Fest at the Moncton Hubcap Comedy festival. He has been seen on CBC, CTV and the Comedy Network and heard on Sirius/ XM Radio as well as the Debater’s radio show. The Snowed In Comedy Tour has 7 TV specials on Chek TV.  Originally from Northern Alberta he now resides in Vancouver. “whipped the audience into a frenzy of Laughter” Globe and Mail

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