John Hastings is an award-winning stand-up comedian. Having started performing stand-up comedy in 2006, Hastings has since performed all over his native country Canada and around the world. In 2010, Hastings won the Best Newcomer Award at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy award in the category of Best Newcomer and was named on of the five ‘comedians to watch’ by the Canadian Comedy Network. Hastings was the youngest featured performer at the 2011 Winnipeg Comedy Festival and in the United States, Hastings was the youngest and only Canadian finalist of the 2011 San Francisco International Comedy Festival.
Hastings’ stand-up comedy special was chosen to be the last special to be shown on the 15 series run of Canda’s only stand-up comedy showcase series Comedy Now. The Canadian Organisation of Campus Activities voted John as the ‘Comedian of the Year in 2012’. That same year, Hastings moved to the UK in July and currently performs all around the UK, entertaining audiences with his sharp punchlines delivered through his observational storytelling style. Hastings was featured in The Comedy Reserve at Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 and is set to perform his new show ‘Adventure’ at the Edinburgh Festival this year.
“A strong calling card from a thoughtful and observant comic with enjoyably wry sensibilities…we’re in the hands of an appealing consummate pro.”
“He was fast, polished and had an original slant. We will hear more of him.”
John Hastings: Adventure at Edinburgh Festival