Stand-up Comedian; Regular on CBC's The Debaters
Dave Hemstad has a half hour special on CTV called Comedy Now! He is a regular on the CBC's The Debators, and has been a guest on Connect with Mark Kelly and The Strombo Show. Hemstad has over ten festival appearances- at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, at the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He has performed on CBC Radio's Madly Off in All Directions.
Hemstad is quite simply, a comedic genius. He was even voted Best Comedian in Canada by the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities. Not too shabby for a guy who only decided to be a comedian after (no joke) a bolt of lighting derailed his hopes of being a professional golfer.
Hemstad's hilarious deliveries, and ability to correctly read audience mood—adjusting his performance accordingly—make him a dream speaker or emcee for anyone looking for a light, intelligent, and clean (but not cheesy) comic. Hemstad is a fresh, hilarious comic with an incredibly bright future—preferably without more lightning strikes, of course.
When Lightning Strikes: Staying Motivated After You Quit
As a motivational humorist, Dave Hemstad is downright hilarious. He was well on his way to becoming a professional golfer when he was struck by something; lightning! He took the hint, and began his career as a professional comedian. Through his stories, Hemstad debunks traditional motivational mantras, leaving audiences with concrete, practical advice on how to navigate tough choices. With a commanding stage presence and a disarming, self-deprecating and side-splitting sense of humor, he brings tremendous value to your conference: using laughter to prove that sharing fun and positive experiences builds more cohesive, communicative, and creative teams.
In customizable talks, Hemstad shares his 3-ish keys to motivation and gives advice on how to be authentically innovative. He takes a common sense approach to life and provides practical problem solving solutions for every day problems. Hemstad shows your team how to work with what they've got. He pokes fun at other motivational speakers. This two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee muses on modern world frustrations and the social tensions that we all experience but keep to ourselves. His quick wit, relaxed delivery, and ability to riff off crowds make him a top choice for any audience. And his ability to correctly read audience mood—and adjust his performance accordingly—makes him a dream speaker or emcee for anyone looking for a light, intelligent, and clean (but not cheesy) speaker.
Grace Hill, Inc.
Dave was WONDERFUL...everyone loved him and laughed til they cried! He was a joy to deal with. Thank you.
Hudson's Bay Company
He was fantastic! I can’t say enough great things about him. Very approachable, professional and very funny. His ‘Golf Ambassador for the Day’ role worked out well from all accounts and his time on stage awarding prizes and making the crowd laugh was very well received. Lots of laughs! We really enjoyed having him be a part of our day.
The Rotary Club of Chatham
Dave was fantastic!! He was absolutely hilarious and we have had great feedback from the members. Thank you for your assistance in bringing Dave to Chatham.
Newfoundland & Labrador Oil Industries Association
He was a superstar!!! And you are too for your recommendation! Dave literally had people laughing so hard they were crying. I have a feeling a lot of people were quoting him around the various offices today. Feedback was amazing as NOIA will definitely be inviting Dave back for a future event. Dave is also a great guy. Very easy going. Our president was unfortunately unable to attend the event due to flight cancellations. Dave found out that our president was away, so he offered to call and “give him a laugh or two.” The gesture was much appreciated. Thank you again for everything. You are the best!
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