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The new millennium not only saw out the age of the Mullet hairstyle, but also welcomed Toby Hargrave into the world of stand up comedy. Since, he has gone on to perform at such notable festivals as the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Whistler Comedy Festival, Atomic Comedy Festival in Washington State and The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. He was voted the ‘Funniest Comedian in Vancouver’ at the 2005 Vancouver Comedy Festival, and has appeared at such notable comedy clubs across North America as Yuk Yuks, The Laugh Shop, the Comedy Mix, The Improv, The Ice House, Hermosa Comedy Magic Club, The Comedy Store, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Underground!
His television credits are numerous including the Corner Gas National television special, “Comic Genius”. He has guest starred in such notable productions as “Aliens in America” on the CW Channel, the feature film “Fireball” (directed by Kristoffer Tabori) and “CMT 2010” on CMT. He can currently be seen in “Altered Carbon” on Netflix, “Intruders” on BBC Worldwide and “Overboard” in theatres now. This is without even mentioning his one-hour comedy special airing on CTV and the Comedy Network.
Toby’s first steps into the world of comedy were in improv and sketch in 1992. As a member of the award winning company Rapid Fire Theatre for over 15 years, His journey into sketch comedy also began about the same time as his inaugural show at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton with a local group of artists, mentored by the well-known Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Toby’s talents as a musician saw him as a featured guest on local Edmonton radio station, Power 92.5FM performing with the Morning Crew as well as co-writing and performing songs. Since then, Toby has been a guest on CJSR, Mix 96 and K-Rock 97.3 in Edmonton. More locally on The Fox, and Shore FM in Vancouver and many more television and radio stations across Canada. Today you will find Toby tickling the funny bone on his own. Whether you’re seeing him in a club, a theatre, or perhaps a tailored show for your company, you’re in for a great evening of food, libations, and stories. (Please note that Toby does not provide food or libations). While many comedians rely on shock humour, gags, props, and cursing – although he does admit to cursing, from time to time – Toby relies on the truth: “…an exaggeration is still technically the truth.” He’s convinced that the truth is the funniest thing of all. A skilled storyteller, Toby has a wonderful gift for making the audience feel right at home (but not too comfortable). His comedy has universal appeal, leaving audience members nodding in agreement, feeling “me too!” or in stark horror saying “may God have mercy on his heathen soul”.
In a world of overly abrasive comedians, Toby is charming and humble. One might even say he is chumble… one might