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.
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's latest book is Noonday Dark (June 2022). Noonday Dark is an exciting second installment followup to Primary Obsessions (Sept 2020) Noonday Dark continues the series of mysteries starring Dr. Annick Boudreau and involving themes of mental health. In the Doctor Annick Boudreau Mystery Series, the endearing and unflappable Dr. Boudreau returns in this complex and nuanced portrait of psychology and a city.
Charlie’s second album I Hope I Don’t Remember This My Whole Life was released in March 2022, on 604 Records comedy arm, Comedy Here Often. Demers, who CBC Radio calls “one of the smartest comics out there” has many achievements in the entertainment world under his belt including a Juno nomination for his previous, debut album, Fatherland.(Nov 2017)
Over the time of the pandemic, Charlie had a lot of the same soul-searching and identity crisis that so many people have experienced, and he reflects that in his new album. “I lost almost three quarters of my income from 2019 to 2020” says Demers.
“I wasn’t sure when comedy would come back, or always sure if I was still going to be a comedian when i t did. I’m incredibly proud of how this album turned out, and I think people are really going to enjoy it. My hope is that it builds on the last album, shows some growth & evolution, but also the fact that I will always be a comedian, and nothing will change that.”
Culled from multiple performances in Vancouver in April 2017, Charlie's first album '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.
Buy I Hope I Don't Remember This My Whole Life here!
Check out Charlie discussing his first album 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!