About - Comedy Abroad
stand-up comedy fundraiser benefit nonprofit latin america responsible tourism travel
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What We Do
Background

Comedy Abroad produces stand-up comedy fundraisers in cool destinations to benefit nonprofits doing good at the local/regional level.  We’re sneakily empowering expats, tourists, and locals to give back to the communities they’re visiting or living in.

Our inaugural tour took place in winter 2015. Four Montreal-based stand-up comics blindly decided to hop on planes to undertake a tour of Guanacaste, Costa Rica to benefit 3 grassroots causes – all which support literacy and education initiatives in the region.  People laughed, funds were raised, and beaches were lazed on, all so the work that our nonprofit partners do for their community can be sustained.  On our most recent tour of Central America (Feb/March 2016), we returned to some Costa Rican towns, visited new ones, and crossed a border to perform in Nicaragua.

Our two tours have helped raise a combined $18,315 USD for 4 nonprofits. Check out our YouTube Channel to see what our nonprofit partners have to say about us.

If you’re a registered non-profit in Latin America, the Caribbean, or anywhere else you feel we can help you draw a crowd, please let us know.  We’d love to work with you.

What’s Next?
Winter 2017 Tours!

That’s right – “tours” – plural! Winter 2017’s going to bigger and better. We’re breaking things up into two legs:

 

a) February: We’re returning to Costa Rica, while visiting more spots in Nicaragua.

 

b) March: We’ll be venturing to Mexico – for the first time – for a number of shows!

We’ll be raising new funds for a combined 6 nonprofits, both new and old! Our roster’s out of control. Don’t miss this madness.

 

Stay tuned for details! Please sign up for email updates (bottom of the screen), checking here for updates.

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Founder

Jon Selig

Jon's the mad scientist behind Comedy Abroad. Educated in business, Jon sold enterprise technology for much of his adult life (which is nowhere near as sexy as it sounds). His life took a sharp left-turn in 2011, when he inadvertently began performing stand-up comedy, and began producing shows one year later. He's curated and grown Comedy Abroad into one of Montreal's favourite independent stand-up comedy showcases. Winter sucks, so Jon took some talented comedians to Costa Rica in February 2015 on the inaugural overseas tour for Comedy Abroad. He's also been named to The Comedy Nest's annual Young Guns of Comedy. His eyebrows demonstrate a clear lack of photoshop expertise.

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Director of Creative Content

Anthony Imperioli

Anthony is a Montreal-based filmmaker who is the creator of the popular web comedy series Nonna Maria & Friends, which parodies growing up in an Italian-immigrant household and being shaped by the traditions that grandparents brought from their homeland.

Since it's inception in April 2009, Nonna Maria & Friends has produced over 120 videos which have combined multimillion views on YouTube and garnered a veritable amount of online fame in Italian communities around the world. Throughout the years Nonna Maria & Friends has gone through several rebrands as well as the production of merchandise such as t-shirts and DVDs.

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Quick Talkin' Scottish Guy

Darren Henwood

As a comedian, Darren is most recognized as one of Montreal's most sought-after MCs on the club and fundraiser circuit. He uses quick-witted sarcasm, storytelling and an array of comedic taunts to put audiences in hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable situations while keeping them on the edge of their seats. He has already performed at Just For Laugh's Zoofest Festival, as part of the bilingual ‘Anglos vs. Francos’ show (2012) and produced his own show ‘My First Time’ (2014). He has opened up for international names such as Doug Stanhope during his Tiny Blisters Tour (2013) and again in 2015, as well as Maz Jobrani. Darren is quickly becoming a name in the Canadian comedy scene that you don`t want to miss. @DarrenHenwood on Twitter.

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Chief Board Game Enthusiast

Jason Hatrick

A performer on Comedy Abroad's inaugural tour, Jason Hatrick began his meteoric rise to comedy superstardom in 2012. Within his first year, he won the Best of Open Mic at Comedyworks Montreal and was selected as one of Montreal’s Young Guns of Comedy by that city's Comedy Nest. He has since gone on to perform at both Montreal ComicCon and Ottawa ComicCon, Montreal Sketchfest, and is a series regular on BattleCom. His conversational style makes his stand-up seem less like a performance and more like hanging out with a friend in your living room -- a friend who won’t shut up.

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