Rusty Nail ComedyFest ’23: Friday Night

Friday night of the 2023 Rusty Nail ComedyFest comes to KWLT on September 15, featuring headliner Arthur Simeon. Doors are at 7pm, curtain at 8pm.

The Lineup

Arthur Simeon is a Ugandan-born Toronto-based comedian who has been performing for a decade all over the world. A truly gifted storyteller, Arthur has been invited to perform at the Just For Laughs comedy festival nine times and appeared on CBC Television, HBO, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network and the CTV Comedy Channel. His unique comedic voice and perspective has seen him featured in the Globe & Mail, NOW Magazine and the Toronto Star. He’s also a regular on CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters. His latest album The Blackest Panther can regularly be heard on SiriusXM. Arthur is a banana bread connoisseur and lover of slow jams.

Jason Allen is a comic from Hamilton, Ontario who travels across North America performing at comedy clubs along the way. Jason has worked with such acts as Tom Segura, Brian Poeshn, Jeremy Hotz, and Kevin Pollak. Jason’s comedy has also been featured on Just For Laughs 42, The Cottage Country Comedy Festival, The Brantford Comedy Festival, The Edmonton Comedy Festival, and Sirius XM. With his honest and rapid-fire approach to comedy, Jason will be an act to watch out for in the future.

Keesha Brownie is an energetic, multi-faceted performer. She crafts her comedic recipe with a background in theatre, sketch, and music. Making observations about her Jamaican roots and Canadian upbringing, she punctuates punchlines with act-outs, parody songs, and sometimes even backup dancers. 

“Theatre is what really gave me the legs and the skeleton to do standup comedy because it’s the same kind of art form, you’re up there and you’re vulnerable.” 

Keesha Brownie, interview with Alexis Perikleous for CBC

Behind that dynamic stage presence lies a fierce work ethic and an entrepreneurial mind. Brownie is a Second City alumni, independent show producer, and she keeps her fingers on the pulse by frequenting open mics all over Toronto.

Brownie earned a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Female Stand-Up in 2015. From there, she has made a name for herself on a global scale. Brownie has graced the stage across Canada and the United States. She’s also performed in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.

Host: Tyler Dombroski

September 15
7:30 pm — 10:00 pm

9 Princess Street East

Rusty Nail Comedy


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