Winner of Just For Laugh’s 2011 Irwin Barker Homegrown Comic Award and NOW Magazine’s 2011 Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up in 2011, a Canadian Comedy Award-nominee for Best Stand-up in 2012 and another nomination for NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Award in 2013, (winner to be announced in the fall), Dave Merheje is making waves as one of the edgiest comics in the country today. Drawing from his Lebanese-Canadian perspective and personal experiences straight from the streets, Merheje is unfettered by political correctness. His “no fear” approach to comedy has gained a loyal following. Pure raging energy, he is electric, aggressive and in-your-face. Nothing is sacred as he fires off on urban life, Middle Eastern politics, Islamic extremists, working in strip clubs, club culture, drugs and masturbation.
The past few years have been memorable for Merheje. He returns to Just For Laughs in Montreal this summer for his third appearance. Last year he made his mark at Moncton’s Hubcap Comedy Festival and the Ha!ifax ComedyFest and completed a six-city Canadian tour with Arthur Simeon’s Legends in the Making. He also joined the Gemini Award-winning pop culture series MTV Live as an on-air contributor and became a finalist in NBC’s Stand-up for Diversitysearch and joined the Stand-up for Diversity College Touring Company performing at select colleges and universities across the US.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Merheje crossed the border to hone his stage prowess in the spotlight of Detroit’s competitive comedy clubs and open mic rooms. Currently based in Toronto, he has created and produced his own successful series of shows including Dear Dave, his live advice column/one-man comedy show, and We Ain’t Terrorists, a barrier smashing comedy revue he performs with Ali Rizvi that shatters racial stereotypes and pokes fun at today’s climate of heightened fear and paranoia. We Ain’t Terrorists was shot and produced as a one-hour special by Tricon Films & Television and aired on ABC2 Australia. He also recorded the comedy album Make ‘Em Cry available for download on Apple iTunes.
Merheje has performed with comedians Maz Jobrani, and Hannibal Buress. He has performed to sold-out crowds all over Canada and the US, including festivals such as Just For Laughs in Montreal, the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival and top clubs such as The Knitting Factory in New York andThe Improv in LA.
Merheje was profiled as one of Canada’s next breakout stars on CBC Radio One’s Laugh Out Loud. He has been featured on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, XM Radio’s Laugh Attack, Bite TV’s Stand Up with Bite and Stand up & Bite Me Competition, MTV’s MTV Showtown, MuchMusic’s Video on Trial and Stars Gone Wild, MTV’s Cocktails and The Comedy Network short Worst Gig Ever.
Awards + Accolades
2013 NOMINATION: NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up (winner TBA in Fall 2013)
2012 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up
2012 FINALIST: NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity Search
2011 WIN: Just For Laugh’s Irwin Barker Homegrown Comic Award
2011 WIN: Toronto weekly NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up
2011 Profiled as one of Canada’s next breakout stars on CBC Radio One’s Laugh Out Loud broadcast