Charlie Demers is an author, comedian, actor, playwright, screenwriter and political activist.
His collection of essays, Vancouver Special (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009), was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. He is also the author of Property Values (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018). He is one of the most frequently returning stars of CBC Radio’s smash-hit comedy The Debaters, with a weekly listening audience of 750,000.
Charlie's latest book is Primary Obsessions (Sept 2020). Primary Obsessions is the first book in a series of mysteries starring Dr. Annick Boudreau and involving themes of mental health. Primary Obsessions is an engrossing page-turner and a refreshing reboot of the sleuth genre.
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.
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."
Buy Fatherland here!
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, Charlie 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."
Charlie was 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 Charlie 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 Charlie 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.
Charlie can add Netflix animated series star to his resume as he is the co-star of two Emmy-winning Netflix animated series, Beat Bugs and The Last Kids on Earth
In Beat Bugs, Charlie is the voice of one of the five main characters (Walter)
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.
In The Last Kids on Earth, the story of Max Brallier's bestselling book series comes to life with action-packed animation from Atomic Cartoons and a stellar voice cast led by Nick Wolfhard as the main character, 13-year-old Jack Sullivan; stars Garland Whitt (Quint Baker), Montse Hernandez (June Del Toro), and Charles Demers (Dirk Savage) round out the core cast, complemented by guest stars Catherine O’Hara, Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Campbell, and more. It's an out-of-this-world animated series you don't want to miss!