Gavin Crawford is one of Canada’s brightest comedic and dramatic performers—best known for star turns on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on CBC, and his eponymous The Gavin Crawford Show on the Comedy Network. In one remarkable decade, this Second City alum and Gemini Award-winner has made a serious (and seriously funny) contribution to this country’s rich comedic tradition.
Originally from Taber, Alberta, Crawford made his first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 1999. Since then, he has performed at numerous showcases and festivals, including: the Vancouver International Comedy Festival; the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival; and the Edmonton Comedy Festival. Crawford has produced three one-man shows, Standing/Mis, You Shouldn’t Be Watching This, and Menage. Today, he is the host of CBC Radio’s Because News, a news quiz show that puts three guests to the test “to make ‘non’-sense of the stories we cared about, the ones we didn’t (but probably should’ve), and the ones that just left us feeling newsy-ated.”
“[Gavin] Crawford is a clever, comical guy.”— The Globe and Mail
Crawford appeared in eight seasons of This Hour Has 22 Minutes to much critical acclaim. He’s won several Gemini Awards over the years for his work on the show, as well as a Writers Guild of Canada Award. Crawford also co-wrote and starred in the award-winning series The Gavin Crawford Show, which aired on the Comedy Network from 2000 to 2003. In 2008 he hosted CBC’s reality show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Crawford won a 2011 DORA Award for his work on stage in The Situationists and a Gemini Award for a guest star role on The Murdoch Mysteries. He also won the 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male in Film for his role in French Immersion. The pilot for Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, co-created, co-written by, and starring Crawford, aired in July 2013 on CBC.