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- Comedian Type: Stand-Up
- Show/Info: Twenty-thirty minute clean and polished show, presenting a comical clever social analysis about life.
- Achievements: Featured in the Just For Laughs , St. John and Sudbury Comedy Festivals. He has performed at the New York IMPROV in New York City. Other memorable performances include a set for The Most Races Show On Earth at the Panasonic Theatre.
- Performs: Growing up being the class clown in small town Parry Sound, Ben Mathai developed his well-known story-telling abilities as soon as he was old enough. It was during this time that Ben Mathai launched his comedy career.
Growing up being the class clown in small town Parry Sound, Ben Mathai developed his well-known story-telling abilities as soon as he was old enough to begin school. After finishing his Honours Bachelor’s degree in English, Ben completed Teacher’s training at the University of Toronto.
Calling in to audition at Yuk Yuk’s amateur night, Ben accidentally had his name entered in a competition. Ben stepped onto the stage for the first time, facing off against 12 other comedians both amateur and experienced, and ended up being awarded first place and moved on to the city championships. To further hone his comedic skills, Ben began studying with the Second City Improv Troupe.
Shortly thereafter, Ben won the Just For Laughs Home-Grown Competition, a contest where the best of the up-and-coming comedians from each of the major Canadian cities were selected to perform for the top prize. Ben once again was asked to enter a competition in Hamilton with eight other comedians – and again won the night! He then moved on to showcase at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Ben’s television credits include being featured on the Toronto Show and being the subject of a TV documentary ‘The Changing Faces of Comedy’ on rising comedians. He has performed at the New York IMPROV in New York City. Other memorable performances include a set for The Most Races Show On Earth at the Panasonic Theatre. Along with being featured in the Just For Laughs Festival, Ben also performed at the St. John Comedy Festival and was part of the Gala at the Sudbury Comedy Festival.
Recently, Ben was featured on CBC’s Accent on Toronto. He has also headlined The South Asian Comedy Showcase at the Toronto Film Festival’s Isabelle Bader Theatre. Another highlight was in Ottawa where he headlined a sold out 800-person crowd for the Festival of India. Most recently, Ben was a finalist in the Brantford Comedy Festival.
Ben is a talented writer and his clever social analysis about life has made audiences howl with laughter and his clean style keeps his comedy schedule busy. Ben is one of those comedians that is suited to a broad range of audiences from clubs to large corporate functions as well as comedy festivals and large celebration events.