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Dave Hemstad

Stand-up Comedian, Former PhysEd Teacher

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It’s not the tale … it’s he who tells it. Dave Hemstad hits your soul with crafty storytelling and gut-busting hilarity, infusing each of his tales with poignant and topical humor. An accomplished comedy writer, stand-up performer and actor, Dave has earned a reputation for his insightful logic and penetrating witticism. He is “…a return to the pure are of the storyteller.” Dave made his national television debut on CBC at the Halifax Comedy Festival in 2002, and he has returned there to perform three more times. He has performed in England and Singapore and memorably on CBC Radio on “Madly Off In All Directions” and “The Debaters”. Twice he has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, and in 2003 was voted “Best Comedian in Canada” by the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA). Dave’s film credits include “Shania”, “Final Draft” and the short film “Death by Scrabble”. He has also appeared on the hit TV series “Billable Hours”, “Jeff Ltd.”, and “The Jon Dore Show”. 2008 marks his first gala performance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. His passion remains in performing his comedy in front of live audiences. He has shared the stage with comedians Russell Peters, John Pinette, Emo Phillips, Louis CK, Mike McDonald, Jeremy Hotz, Derek Edwards, and Gerry Dee as well as Canadian legends, Dave Broadfoot, Gordie Tapp and Ron James.

Television / Film / Radio

  •   Halifax Comedy Festival – CBC
  •   Madly Off In All Directions – CBC Radio
  •   The Debaters – CBC Radio
  •   The Jon Dore Show – TV
  •   Just For Laughs – CBC
  •   Winnipeg Comedy Festival – CBC
  •   Shania – Film
  •   Final Draft – Film
  •   Billable Hours – TV
  •   Jeff Ltd. – TV

Notable Live Appearances

  •   Halifax Comedy Festival – 4 appearances
  •   Winnipeg Comedy Festival
  •   Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

Stage Appearances With

  •   Russell Peters
  •   Ron James
  •   Dave Broadfoot
  •   Emo Phillips
  •   Jeremy Hotz

Awards and Designations

  •   Canadian Comedy Award – Nominated Twice
  •   2003 was voted “Best Comedian in Canada” by the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA).
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