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Dave Hemstad Brings Fresh Motivational Humour to All Events

dave_hemstadBook the “Canadian Master”, the Disarming & Self-Deprecating Dave Hemstad

When you want a side of motivation with your order of big laughs, choose none other than consummate humourist and motivational speaker, Dave Hemstad. Known as a “Canadian Master”, he’s your source for quick, clean, and surprisingly uplifting comedy.

Since 2002, Dave has been delighting crowds all over the country with his intelligent brand of humour. And we’re serious about all over; Dave has performed in every single province and territory in the country, making him one of the very few comedians in the world – and in Canada – who’s done so. That’s because he takes comedy very seriously.

When he’s not travelling this country from sea to sea, Dave is a regular on the CBC’s smash hit, The Debaters. At first just a radio special hosted by another one of our entertainers, Steve Patterson, it has since evolved to include a weekly television program during which two comedians debate over a predetermined subject. It’s nothing like the debate club you once knew and is full of side-splitting antics. Dave uses his natural stage presence and powers of persuasion to go up against fellow comedians like Sean Cullen and Alan Park – and win!

No stranger to television, Dave has starred in Almost Heroes, Lost Girl, and Little Mosque on the Prairie. He’s also been a guest on The Strombo Show with George Stroumboulopoulos and Connect with Mark Kelly. But he’s not always just the guest. Dave has his own half hour Comedy Now! special, as well as his taped performances for the Just for Laughs Festival gala and both the Ha!ifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals.

His comedy style is a disarming mixture of self-deprecating hilarity and refreshing motivational humour, during which he reflects on social awkwardness, modernity, and the tedium of everyday life. He has no problem making a connection with his audiences, as he singles out and finds humour in common experiences that we all share.

In terms of motivation, Dave takes an unusual and hilarious route to inspire his crowds – much like his own career. Early on in life, he had hopes of being a professional golfer until he was struck by lightning. Instead of dwelling on the fact the bolt dashed his dreams, he saw it as an opportunity to start exploring a new career as a professional comedian. Now, with nearly 15 years under his belt, Dave is a rising star within the Canadian comedy circuit.

Informed by his own real life experience of adversity, Dave rejects cheesy and vacuous mottos within the motivational world. Dave instead provides real, practical advice on how to approach and solve challenges. With an emphasis on positivity and having fun, he shows audiences how to work together in order to improve cohesion and communication through which he shares his 3 (or near enough) keys to unlocking motivation, creativity, and innovation in your team.

Whether you hire Dave as an emcee, comedian, or motivational humourist, you won’t be disappointed. Charming, intelligent, and downright hilarious, Dave is an excellent choice for business and private events, charity galas, conventions, and golf functions. Let us know if you think Dave would be a great fit for your next event!


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