Award-winning comedian Danish Anwar is probably the only Russian-born Indo-Bengali-Canadian standup comic you’ll see this year. His clever blend of politics & nerd culture landed him multiple appearances on national TV & radio, such as CBC comedy specials “Fish Out Of Water” and “Truth Bomb” and the hugely popular CBC Radio show The Debaters, along with comedy festivals such as Just For Laughs, JFL42 and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He had a feature role in the acclaimed TVO documentary “Stand Up Toronto”, and has opened for renowned comedians like Gina Yashere, Aparna Nancherla & DeAnne Smith.
A successful producer with a reputation for trendsetting ideas and sold out shows, he’s also the founder of the comedy label Toronto Comedy All Stars and creator of the wildly popular battle show Your Hood’s A Joke, which has become a popular recurring show at several comedy festivals.
He has produced comedy shows & fundraisers for organizations such as the Ontario NDP, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Cause4Paws Toronto & more.
Awards & Notable Achievements
- Featured on 2 CBC TV standup specials: Truth Bomb & Fish Out Of Water
- Multiple appearances on popular CBC Radio shows such as The Debaters & Laugh Out Loud
- Appeared on OFF JFL @ Just For Laughs Montreal, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42 (Just For Laughs Toronto)
- Opened for Aparna Nancherla, Gina Yashere, DeAnne Smith
- Covered the 2016 US Election on CityTV’s comedy panel
- Creator & Producer – Your Hood’s A Joke
- Founder & Producer – Toronto Comedy All Stars
- Founder & Creative Director – Quota Comedy Festival
- Producer – I Heart Jokes Awards
- ANOKHI Media’s Most Promising Comedian 2015
- In 2013 he was one of 7 Canadians invited to the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, an event featuring 101 of North America’s best standup comics.
- Nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Award (2012) as one of Canada’s best new comedic prospects by The Second City
- Finalist in JFL42’s Funniest Torontonian search (2012)
- Nominated by his peers for Producer Of The Year in the Toronto comedy scene’s annual I Heart Jokes Awards (2012)