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Versatile comedian, actor and writer Pete Zedlacher is a 20+ year veteran of the comedy scene and one of the premiere headliners in the country. Zedlacher, who proudly hails from Wawa, a small mining town in Northern Ontario, draws heavily from his Canadian working-class roots. A graduate of the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, the intensive acting program helped him infuse a theatrical element into his stand-up. Now based in Calgary, Zedlacher has a Canadian Comedy Award, four Canadian Comedy Award-nominations and two Gemini nominations to his credit. Most recently, Pete won the international comedy competition and was crowned Sirius XM’s Top Comic.
This summer, Zedlacher is making his very impressive ninth appearance at Just for Laughs in Montreal and taping his 5th gala at the festival. He recently performed his 10th appearance at the Ha!ifax ComedyFest. which will air on CBC television in the Fall. He’s also appeared at The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and toured with the Just For Laughs National Tour. Pete recently became the 4th member of The Snowed in Comedy Tour, which this year became the country’s biggest comedy tour, hitting 50 shows in 46 cities across the country. He also has a comedy album, Comic Kong, which is available on Apple iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming sites across the web.
Pete is also a television writer and actor, working on 4 seasons of The Ron James Show (CBC), the 2 inaugural seasons of Still Standing (CBC) and he has written and appeared on his own one-hour special Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network). As well, Pete wrote and performed one full season, 106 episodes of the late night talk show The Hour With George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC), The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network) and the animated series Scaredy Squirrel (YTV/Disney XD). Zedlacher has become a recognizable face on Canadian television. He regularly appears on The Debaters (CBC Radio and Television) with over 20 debates to his credit. Other appearances include Rookie Blue (ABC/Global), Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV/Nickelodeon), Puppets Who Kill (The Comedy Network), The Sean Cullen Show (CBC), Sir Patrick Stewart: A Knight of Comedy (CBC), Ha!ifax ComedyFest (CBC), Video On Trial (Much Music) and Last Comic Standing (NBC). Select film appearances include The Comedian's Guide to Survival, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile and George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead. A fan favourite within both the alternative and mainstream comedy club scene, Zedlacher has crossed the country from coast to coast to coast, every province, every territory and 15 countries worldwide.
He is most proud of his “tours of duty” entertaining the Canadian Forces serving overseas and has performed for the troops in England, Egypt, Israel, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Holland, Germany, Greece, the Persian Gulf, the Arctic Circle and three tours in Afghanistan.
Awards and Accolades
- 2013 WINNER: Sirius XM’s Top Comic
- 2012 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
- 2011 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Radio Program or Clip (The Debaters)
- 2011 NOMINATION: Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Hosted Stand-up Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Ha!ifax ComedyFest)
- 2010 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
- 2010 NOMINATION: Gemini Award for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (Just For Laughs)
- 2006 WINNER: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
- 2005 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup