Marc Hallworth is an actor, comedian, writer, director, teacher, and improvisor from Calgary, Alberta. After doing years of theatre and independent film projects, he began doing stand-up and improv in Calgary in 2006. He moved to Toronto in 2009 to do the Humber College “Comedy: Writing & Performance” program, performing regularly at Yuk Yuk’s, the Rivoli, the Comedy Bar, and the Second City. Upon graduating, he won the Billy Crystal Sketch Award and the Mark Steven’s Independent Producing Award.
Since then, he’s done stand-up as a part of a number of festivals, including NXNE, YYComedy, “Funniest Clean Comedian on the Lakeshore”, and the Bollywood Monster Mashup, where he opened for Aparna Nancherla. He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Prove You’re A Comic Competition, the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, has appeared on SiriusXM Radio as part of “Canada Laughs,” and was chosen to host the Ontario Celebration Zone as part of the 2015 PanAm Games.
He is an improv tournament champion at both the TheatreSports Micetro and Toronto Beerprov Draft (twice!), and got to be part of The BooProv Halloween Spooktacular with Colin Mocherie. He’s also participated as an improvisor in the 2015 Pages Unbound Festival, produced the improv tournament The ChapShtick Comedy Challenge at the 2015 Festival of New Formats, and helped produce and perform at the first ever Calgary Improv Festival.
He’s appeared in the Canadian film The Cocksure Lads, and the webseries The Village Green, which won ‘Best Comedy’ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ at the Seattle Web Fest. He was in the revueHey 90s Kids, You’re Old at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Chicago Fringe Festivals, as well as the New York Frigid Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award and appeared in an article in New York Times.
He has experience teaching and coaching comedy, teaching improv regularly at the Harbourfront Community Center. He has done stand-up lectures at Humber College, UrbanArts, and The Happiness @ School Project, which was featured on CTV and in The Toronto Star. He has also coached sketch comedy for the troupe “The Woodchucks” and for the program “Corktown for Kids.”
Marc produces four regular comedy shows, Siren’s Comedy, Drop & Give Me 20, Saturday Night Stand-Up, and The Vest Show in Town, the latter he does with his sketch troupe Vest of Friends. Vest of Friends have appeared on ShawTV as part of “The Late Night With Matty D”, and are the winners of the Best-of-the-Fest Award at the 2016 Toronto SketchFest, the Sketchiest-Sketch-Troupe Award at the 2016 Toronto SketchFest, the Best-of-the-Fest Award at the 2015 Montreal SketchFest, the Grinder Award at the 2013 Montreal SketchFest, and the Producer’s Pick Award at the 2013 Columbus Brew-ha-ha. They have also performed as part of Fresh Meat 2011 and JFL42, were finalists in the 2015 Sketch ComAggedon, were a nominee for the 2015 NOW Magazine Award for Best Sketch Troupe, and were named one of Bite.ca’s “10 Canadian Sketch Troupes You Need To See Right Now.”
Marc will be performing stand-up at our October 20th show. Don’t miss it!