Montreal-born Andrew Searles is one of Canada’s fasting rising stars. His good looks, effortless charm and wicked sense of humor are delighting audiences across the country, both as a stand-up comic and as a featured actor, in commercials and other productions. He’s been named “The Montreal Mirror’s” “Top 10 Best Stand-up Comedians in Montreal” four years in a row, as well as finalist in “Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic” competition.
In 2011, Searles and fellow Montreal comedian Rodney Ramsey, co-produced “The Underground Comedy Railroad” tour, showcasing Canada’s top black comedians. The annual tours, which reached 10 cities in 2014, were warmly embraced by audiences and media alike. The UCR’s goals were to “introduce the voice of black Canadians, who have limited access to the mainstream media… and give center stage to one of the country’s smallest visible minorities.” In a recent interview, Searles explained, “When you think about black comedy, it’s always American black comedians talking about growing up in the hood. As a black Canadian, I grew up in Pierrefonds (a middle-class Montreal suburb). There is no hood, I don’t know what these people are talking about!”
In March 2013, Searles made his name as solo headliner/producer of “C’est Moi! C’est Chocolat,” (“It’s me, it’s chocolate!”) the title based on Searles’ signature catchphrase. The show was a smash success, breaking box office records at “Ste. Catherine Theatre.”
This weekend, Searles stars in “C’est Moi! C’est Papa Chocolat!” at Montreal’s ComedyWorks. The English-language show, which he wrote and produced, reflects the bachelor’s experiences of being surrounded by friends who now having children, along with an array of other relatable and topical material. Also on the bill are Special Guests: Franco Taddeo, Gino Durante, Stephen Spinola and Jon Selig.
While Toronto offers myriad opportunities to a young performer, Searles loves his home town for its ethnic richness. “So many cultures mix and interact with each other. Here, in Montreal, a black person would know when a Jewish holiday is, and what the Chinese calendar is, as opposed to, when you’re out west, in Calgary or Vancouver, the Asians hang out with the Asians, the Jews hang out with the Jews, the Italians hang out with the Italians.” Searles warmly embraces his city’s diversity and celebrates it, through laughter.
Andrew Searles in ‘C’est Moi! C’est Papa Chocolat!’
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