Versatile comedian, actor and writer Pete Zedlacher is a 20+ year veteran of the comedy scene and one of the premiere headliners in the country. Zedlacher, who proudly hails from Wawa, a small mining town in Northern Ontario, draws heavily from his Canadian working-class roots. A graduate of the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, the intensive acting program helped him infuse a theatrical element into his stand-up. Now based in Calgary, Zedlacher has a Canadian Comedy Award, four Canadian Comedy Award-nominations and two Gemini nominations to his credit. Most recently, Pete won the international comedy competition and was crowned Sirius XM’s Top Comic.
This spring, Zedlacher made his remarkable 10th appearance at the Ha!ifax ComedyFest which will air on CBC television in the new season. He is probably best known for his appearances at Just for Laughs in Montreal performing galas alongside Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Patrick Stewart and the legendary Muppets. He’s also appeared at The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42 and toured with the Just For Laughs National Tour. Most recently, Pete became the 4th member of The Snowed in Comedy Tour. The annual tour, which tours softseat theatres throughout the winter and spring, will now hit over 60 cities across the country, making Snowed In Canada’s biggest comedy tour. Pete is a familiar voice to Canadian radio listeners, as he’s a regular and has over 20 debates to his credit on CBC Radio’s The Debaters.
He also has a comedy album, Comic Kong, which is heard regularly on Sirius XM’s Laugh Attack and is available on Apple iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming sites across the web.
Pete is also a television writer and actor, working on 4 seasons of The Ron James Show (CBC), the 2 inaugural seasons of Still Standing (CBC) and he has written and appeared on his own one-hour special Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network). As well, Pete wrote and performed one full season, 106 episodes of the late night talk show The Hour With George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC), as well as The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network) and the animated series Scaredy Squirrel (YTV/Disney XD).
Zedlacher has become a recognizable face on Canadian television. He regularly appears on The Debaters (CBC Radio and Television) with over 20 debates to his credit. Other appearances include Rookie Blue (ABC/Global), Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV/Nickelodeon), Puppets Who Kill (The Comedy Network), The Sean Cullen Show (CBC), Sir Patrick Stewart: A Knight of Comedy (CBC), Ha!ifax ComedyFest (CBC), Video On Trial (Much Music) and Last Comic Standing (NBC). Select film appearances include The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile and George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.
A fan favourite within both the alternative and mainstream comedy club scene, Zedlacher has crossed the country from coast to coast to coast, every province, every territory, 15 US states and 19 countries worldwide.
He is most proud of his “tours of duty” entertaining the Canadian Forces serving over- seas and has performed for the troops in England, Egypt, Israel, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Holland, Germany, Greece, the Persian Gulf, the Arctic Circle and three tours in Afghanistan.
Awards and Accolades
2013 WINNER: Sirius XM’s Top Comic
2012 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
2011 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Radio Program or Clip (The Debaters)
2011 NOMINATION: Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Hosted Stand-up Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Ha!ifax ComedyFest)
2010 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
2010 NOMINATION: Gemini Award for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Pro- gram or Series (Just For Laughs)
2006 WINNER: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup
2005 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Standup