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Over the last ten years John Hastings has appeared at every major comedy festival in the world including Edinburgh (2012-2016), Melbourne (2015-2016) and Just For Laughs Montreal. John has been on Radio 4, BBC 1 and BBC 3 telling jokes. He is also the COCA Comedian of the Year, a Martin Sims Award Nominee, An Amused Moose Comedy Award, and a viral sensation after Dennis Rodman heckled him in Los Angeles.
John has been performing standup since 2006. He has won the Montreal Comedy Festival Home-grown Comedy Competition, has been called “one to watch” by the Comedy Network and was the only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition and the youngest comedian to appear at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011.
'Long story short, it's like he speaks in punchlines'- blogTO
In 2012 John won the COCA comedian of the year award and then moved to England which gave him the opportunity to be featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC.com as a comedy correspondent and be selected to appear in the Comedy Reserve Showcase at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2013.
'A strong calling card for a thoughtful and observant comic with enjoyably wry sensibilities' Chortle
In 2014 John appeared at the Glasgow Comedy Festival as part of the Homecoming Showcase as well as the Leicester, Nottingham and Machynlleth comedy festivals. John then debuted his new stand up show Adventure at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival and appeared on BBC3’s Seann Walsh Late Night Comedy Spectacular. John was then invited to be part of the Best of the Edinburgh Fest tour at the Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He was also invited to participate in a gala at the 2015 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. John returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his new show Marked from the Start which was nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award.
'Shockingly Good' Montreal Gazette
In 2016 John returned to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe with his new show Integrity which toured to London’s prestigious Soho Theatre and helped John get a spot on the Australian Comedy Channel. In 2017 a video of John being heckled by Dennis Rodman appeared online, and after being picked up by College Humour was seen by 90,000 people in the first week alone. When not touring John wrote the short film Who is Hannah which won both the People’s Choice award and the Jury Prize at the Lakeshorts Film Festival. It has since been picked up by CBC. He is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and one hell of a swimmer.
'Never any doubt we’re in the hands of an appealing consummate pro.' - Chortle
'He was fast, polished and had an original slant. We will hear more of him.' -BroadwayBaby.com
'Particularly awesome' – San Francisco Examiner
• Nominated 2015 Amused Moose Comedy Award Edinburgh Festival
• Nominated 2015 Best of the Fest World Fringe Perth
• Winner of the 2012 COCA Comedian of the Year
• Performer in the 2011 “Pilot Week” comedy writing/performance competition for Insight Prod
• Youngest and only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition
• Winner of the 2010 Homegrown Comedy Competition at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal
• Nominated as one of the XM Top 8 New Comedians in Canada
• Performance Nominated for Best Ensemble Theatre Piece Category at the 2007/2008 Montreal English Critics Circle Awards (MECCAs)
• Nominated as Best Newcomer for the 2010 Canadian Comedy Awards
• Nominated as Best Taped Performance 2013 Canadian Comedy Awards
• Winner of the ‘Pilot Week’ original script/performance competition
FIVE STARS - Fresh Air
FIVE STARS - The Mirror
FIVE STARS - Broadway Baby
FIVE STARS - Cream of the Fringe
FOUR STARS - Melbourne Herald Sun
FOUR STARS - Brighton Public Review
FOUR STARS - Fest Magazine
FOUR STARS - Now Magazine
FOUR STARS - The Herald
FOUR STARS - Fest Mag
FOUR STARS - ThreeWeeks
FOUR STARS - Arts Award Voice
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