Charles Demers opening for Sarah Silverman Feb 25, 2017 JFL NW Festival, Vancouver, BC
Marrying The Highly Silly with The Highly Cerebral
Charles Demers is an author of five books and stand-up comedian. His collection of essays, Vancouver Special, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of The Prescription Errors, The Horrors: An A to Z of Funny Thoughts on Awful Things and his newest book The Dad Dialogues co-written with George Bowering (2016). Coming in Spring 2018, Property Values.
The Dad Dialogues is a unique book of correspondence. Two men from different generations write to each other about the burdens, anxieties, and singular joys of parenthood. Together, their thoughtful, funny, candid missives reveal what fathers know (or don’t know) about raising daughters, as well as themselves and each other.
He has performed for national television and radio audiences and at the Just for Laughs Festival. He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy show The Debaters.
Most recently, Charlie released the comedy album Fatherland on 604 Records in Nov 2017. The new album tackles the trials and tribulations of being a new father, as well as fascism!
"The album is two-thirds jokes about raising a daughter, and one-third jokes about Nazis, so I thought Fatherland was the best title to capture both of those elements!" says Demers in describing the content of his album.
Culled from multiple performances in Vancouver in April 2017, Fatherland shows Demers at his sophisticated best. Clearly influenced by the current state of world politics, the album brings a fresh and hilarious perspective to many of the commonly debated topics of the day such as racism.
604 Records president Simkin said: "Charlie is a class act, pure and simple. The respect and admiration he has garnered in the comedy community is substantial and deserved, and we are so proud to be working with him on Fatherland."
Check out Charlie discussing Fatherhood on CBC Radio One Edmonton's Radio Active show with host Portia Clark
By combining political humour that's never shrill or self-righteous with broader jokes that are never thoughtless, Charles is equally well-received whether delivering jokes in a sports bar or emceeing a gala for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Not many people have both on their resume.
He was also a co-host of CityTV's subversive comedy newspanel 'The Citynews List,' along with his sketch comedy partner Paul Bae. It is the act that Robin Williams called "the future of comedy."
Charles is involved in a hit web series called ‘Will Power.’ a 5 episode black comedy about two brothers whos father has just passed away. watch here...
‘Leftovers’ is a show created by Charles Demers and Marcus Youssef. In the last thirty years, the richest 1% have accumulated more wealth than in any other time in modern history. In Leftovers, the West Coast’s funniest political comic Charles Demers tears out his hair trying to figure out why it’s so damn hard for us to imagine anything else. This show has been performed at The Winnipeg Comedy Festival as well at The Shadbolt Centre.
Charles can add Netflix animated series star to his resume. He is the voice of one of the five main characters (Walter) in Beat Bugs, an animated series on Netflix.
Netflix brings the tunes of John, Paul, George and Ringo to a new generation of tykes with "Beat Bugs," an animated series featuring renditions of the Fab Four's songs by artists including Eddie Vedder, Pink and Sia.
The series features original characters and a world created by Australian native Josh Wakely, who directs, writes and produces the series. The show features some of the best-known Beatles songs woven into the narrative of each episode, with special musical guests each recording their rendition of an iconic song.
Among the songs featured are "Help!," "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Penny Lane," "Yellow Submarine," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour."
The series revolves around five friends - Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter - who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.