Canada Laughs’ 150 Great Canadian Comedy Moments and People: Part 2

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Hey, welcome to part 2 of my list of 150 great Canadian comedy moments and people!

Just another reminder, this list is not ranked. Everyone and everything mentioned here is worth celebrating as are a lot of people and moments not listed.

When it comes to comedy, Canada has an embarrassment of riches. Fact.

This list features some Canadian comedy classics, people who’ve helped build up the scene in Canada and some straight-up legends:

Dan Guterman is one of comedy’s most important and accomplished voices having written for The Onion, The Colbert Report, Community and now Rick & Morty. He’s also originally from Montreal, he’s one of us.

Barry Julien is another Montrealer and he’s also the Executive Producer of The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert. And a multiple Emmy winner. C’mon.

Bruce Hills is the head of Just for Laughs, the festival has grown so much under his watch.

Heather Wallace has been a champion for comedy on the west coast for many years and currently produces JFL Northwest.

Samantha Bee and Norm Macdonald are possibly the two funniest human beings alive.

All those awesome Netflix stand-up specials you love? Canada’s own Robbie Praw is the person in charge of those.

Mark Breslin founded Yuk Yuk’s and changed stand-up comedy in Canada, Andrew Alexander did the same for sketch comics with Second City.

Rosie Shuster is a second-generation Canadian comedian and one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live.

Irwin Barker was a brilliant stand-up who left us far too soon.

Katherine Ryan is taking the world by storm.

Sarah Fowlie is the guiding voice behind the Comedy Network and they’ve been cranking out a ton of fantastic Canadian content.

Then there’s us, SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs. We’re the first all-Canadian 24/7 comedy channel on satellite radio and we’re all about celebrating and elevating Canadian comedy.

And if you’re around Toronto this July, check out the Bob & Doug reunion show featuring many names from our 150 list!!! Enjoy the list and click those links!

Dan Guterman 

Bruce Hills

Heather Wallace

Lorne Perlmutar

Tim Sims

Samantha Bee 

Norm MacDonald

Red Green Show

Mark Breslin

Rosie Shuster

Robin Duke

David Steinberg

Dan Aykroyd

Ivan Reitman

Bob & Doug

Sarah Fowlie

Sean Cullen

Katherine Ryan

Andrew Alexander

Martin Short

Gilbert Rozon

Robbie Praw


Trailer Park Boys

Mary Walsh

Cathy Jones

Kathy Greenwood

Gerry Dee

Elvira Kurt

Phil Hartman

Mike MacDonald 

Ed Robinson

Joe Bodolai 

Rick Moranis

Absolute Comedy

Barry Julien

Don Ferguson

Canadian Comedy Awards

Toronto Sketch-Comedy Festival

SiriusXM Top Comic/Canada Laughs

JFL Homegrown

Halifax Fest

Winnipeg Fest 

Baronness Von Sketch Show


The Urban Well 

Irwin Barker

Mike Wilmot

Stewart Francis

Nikki Payne