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Dave Hemstad | Stand-up Comedian; Regular on CBC’s The Debaters

Called a “Canadian Master” by Just For Laughs, Dave Hemstad has skyrocketed to the top of the national comedy scene, appearing regularly across the country and on a hit show on CBC. Brashly confident on stage with clean, refreshing, motivational humour, Hemstad muses on daily life, modern world frustrations and social tensions we all experience, but keep to ourselves. 

Dave Hemstad has a half hour special on CTV called Comedy Now!  He is a regular on the CBC’s The Debaters, and has been a guest on Connect with Mark Kelly and The Strombo Show. Hemstad has over 10 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.


“The key to my success has been ignorance and resilience. Too dumb to know why I wouldn’t make it, and too stupid to quit once I started. That’s my formula.”

— Dave Hemstad

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.


“He was super, as usual. So easy to work with, and funny and caring. I'd have him every year if I could.”

Canadian Parking Association

“Dave Hemstad was so, so much fun, I honestly want to book him for every one of my events. What a super personable guy, and hilarious! Such a great fit for the event, he kept it light, roasted our awards chair in the best possible way and even took time to chat and pose with the crowd afterwards. He did a really great job!”

MPI Calgary

“Dave 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.”

Hudson’s Bay Company

“Dave was WONDERFUL ... everyone loved him and laughed til they cried! He was a joy to deal with. Thank you.”

Grace Hill, Inc.

“Dave’s brilliant ability to weave hilarity into stories that we all could relate to left my group in stitches and was the highlight of our event. I can't say enough about his talent and can't wait to see him perform again.”

Canadian Parking Association

“I would like to thank you personally and the Lavin Agency for helping the Brandon Area Community Foundation by recommending Dave Hemstad. His comedy show was awesome. The attendants were in stitches the whole performance. For the next few days we received phone calls from people who saw him perform and they wanted to let us know how they thoroughly enjoyed the show.”

Brandon Area Community Foundation

“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.”

The Rotary Club of Chatham

“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!”

Newfoundland & Labrador Oil Industries Association

“It was great meeting you at our golf tournament. It was fun and not only are you a funny guy but also an amazing golfer. Thanks again for entertaining us yesterday at the PIPSC Open—the tournament was a huge success (we donated $35,000 to the Child Amputee Program of the War Amps) and you were an important part of it! Best wishes to you in your career.”


“Thanks for being an excellent host at our Gala on Saturday night. You were a huge hit!”


“We would like to take this moment to thank you for participation in the 9th annual HubCap Comedy Festival; your professionalism and talent were key to your success. Positive feedback from throughout the community confirms that a great time was had by all and that a strong appetite for comedy is alive and well.”

HubCap Comedy Festival

“To those considering the hiring of Dave Hemstad, if you’re reading this testimonial letter then there’s a very good chance that you’re about to get a show that you won’t soon forget. Maybe a “show” isn’t the right word—an “experience” seems more appropriate. Mr. Hemstad is an all-in-one performer who gifts his audience with the creative use of words and gestures to provide the perfect formula for big laughs. He offers a truly captivating stage presence whether performing for 2 people or a room of 2000.”

CB Richard Ellis Limited

Speech Topics

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.