Paul Ash is that special kind of person who sees the best in everyone, except himself. His self loathing comedy is peppered with rural charm and big city cynicism. This “muppet king of comedy” has been described as the “encyclopedia of funny” and has an over ten year relationship with the Festival Just For Laughs, the world’s largest stand-up comedy fest.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Ash moved to Toronto to pursue comedy, eventually settling in Montreal. After several years in Montreal he moved back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was instrumental creating the burgeoning comedy scene there, described during his tenure as “the comedy equivalent to Seattle’s music scene in the early ‘90s”.
“Without Paul Ash and the Comedy Dawgs there would be no comedy scene in Halifax, there would be no Picnicface.” – Andrew Bush of Picnicface.
Ash helped to open the first full time comedy club that city had seen in nine years. Finally, “Halifax’s saviour of comedy’s” job was done, he moved back to Montreal. In Montreal, Ash partnered with Dan Derkson to form Good ‘n’ Evil Productions, producing a series of shows. Ash is still creating new formats to the delight of audiences and comedians alike.
Ash placed third in the semi-finals of the Great Canadian Laugh Off 2007 and tours regularly, catch him when he’s in your town. Ash has appeared in several films and television shows (including the “Trailer Park Boys”); he is a dynamic actor and talented comedian.
Comedy Dawgs 2003 – 2006
(there is a blog entry about this show / community from Halifax/Dartmouth. Locations were Gingers, Seahorse and Dave Doolittles)
Blue Monday 2008 – 2012 – Katacombes Showbar, Montreal
(Blog post, maybe a returning renamed)
Kick Ash Comedy 2009 – ongoing
(in 3 venues since it started: Café L’Etranger (became Bistro L’Etranger), Amir St-Philip, Andrews Pub (current)
No Damn Good Comedy Show 2009 – 2010
(Typhoon Lounge, NDG)
Battle-Com 2012 – ongoing
(various locations: Andrews Pub, Abreuvoir, Katacombes, Loft Rouge)
King of the Comedy Mountain (to start 2012 / to be announced)