Traveling From: Toronto
Fees:up to $2,500
Simon Rakoff is one of Canada’s best known stand-up comedians. He has appeared at venues across Canada and the United States.
Experience: Simon Rakoff has been performing stand-up comedy since 1978. On television, Simon has appeared on Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Halifax Comedy Festival, CBC’s Comics! and holds the record for appearances on Open Mike With Mike Bullard. He was also a regular contributor of humorous commentary on the CBC Evening News. Simon is a popular voice on CBC Radio on shows like Definitely Not The Opera, As It Happens, and The Debaters.
As a writer, Simon’s range is wide with credits on sitcoms, sketch shows, cartoons, and kids shows. He also worked on Fox’s Sunday Comics and sold numerous jokes to Jay Leno for his Tonight Show monologues. Simon has also been seen as an actor in commercials and parts on This is Wonderland, The Rick Mercer Report, Queer As Folk, The Associates, Switchback and the film Prescription For Murder. He is also a voice-over artist in commercials and cartoons such as Carl Squared.
Performance Style: Considered one of the quickest minds on the scene, Simon is a veteran who performs with the enthusiasm of a newcomer. Simon’s act is carefully crafted and full of thought-provoking, hilarious routines. He covers religion, relationships, stupidity and man in the modern world. All this combined with ad-libbing abilities second to none.
Personality: “I always say that comedian is not so much a job as a personality disorder. I have more jokes I do in real life than in my act. For example, when I go to a restaurant and the waitress asks if she can offer me a drink, I always reply, “Would you stop hitting on me. I came in to relax – be professional.” – Simon Rakoff
Why hire Simon Rakoff? A favourite at clubs across the country since the late ’70s, Simon is considered one of Canada’s top comedy MCs and can frequently be seen hosting or headlining at the Laugh Resort comedy club in Toronto. He has appeared at clubs, pubs, campuses and corporate events across Canada and the United States.
Works Well in this Type of Event: Private Events, Parties, Corporate Events, Cruises, Comedy Festivals, Sports Events, Casino Events, Charity Events, Celebrity Speaking Events, Comedy Clubs, Conventions, and Trade Shows.
Contact: You can request information on our entertainment options through our on-line request form. Or, you can call us Toll Free at 1.800.693.6665.
“Thank you for suggesting Simon to us and helping us to bring him for our Volunteer event last night. He was great, the crowd loved him and I have had requests to bring him back sometime in the future. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with all of you again.”
Calgary Jewish Federation
“A good MC is the unsung hero of the comedy clubs, and Simon Rakoff — who’s been performing since the late 70s — is one of the best. The quick-on-his-feet stand-up always makes it look easy, engaging audiences with his conversational style and dead-on observations.”
Comedy Q&A by Glenn Sumi
“Simon Rakoff – A seasoned veteran, (he began around 13 years ago) Rakoff delivers set up/punchline humor in a disciplined and rewarding manner.”
Who’s Who And What They Do In The Toronto Comedy by Andrew Clark
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival
The Halifax Comedy Festival
Open Mike With Mike Bullard
CBC Evening News Contributor
CBC Radio on shows like Definitely Not The Opera, As It Happens, and The Debaters
Fox’s Sunday Comics
Television: This is Wonderland, The Rick Mercer Report, Queer As Folk, The Associates, Switchback and the film Prescription For Murder
Voice-over artist in commercials and cartoons such as Carl Squared
Upfront Bar and Grill
Headliner at the Underground
Guest panelist on George Strombolopoulos
Calgary Jewish Federation