The Industry Insiders Workshop
JFL NorthWest has gathered North America’s biggest comedy insiders for an intimate and actionable workshop to empower local creators and performers with new tools and insights that will take their careers to the next level.
Actor, Comedian & Writer
Born in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within a year he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and performing at major festivals. His television appearances quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Corner Gas went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, airing for six seasons, and is currently seen in more than 60 countries. Brent then created another sitcom for CTV called “Hiccups” which starred himself and Nancy Robertson. They made 26 episodes of Hiccups over two seasons, winning multiple LEO awards along the way. Brent also made the transition to movies and animation with CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE and CORNER GAS: ANIMATED. The animated series premiered immediately becoming the #1 rated show in the history of Canada’s The Comedy Network. So successful in fact the series is now streaming on CTV primetime & Crave TV concurrently and Brent took home a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Animation and recently Best Animation Program or Series at the 2019 Leo Awards.
Talent Manager & Film Producer
Ray Moheet is a founding partner at Mainstay Entertainment, a talent management and production company located in Beverly Hills. Mainstay boasts an impressive roster of clients including comedians, actors, writers, directors and is a prolific producer of television and film.
On the television side, Ray produced a comedy special presented by Amy Schumer and produced ten solo comedy specials including those starring Maz Jobrani, Sebastian Maniscalco and Brian Callen for Comedy Central, Showtime, and Netflix.
On the feature side, Ray produced the film Simple Wedding, a cross-generational, multi-cultural, romantic comedy starring Tara Grammy, Rita Wilson and Academy Award® nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Maz Jobrani set for a theatrical release February 2020. His next film, God The Worm, written and directed by Eric Schaeffer and starring Annabella Sciorra, recently completed production in New York City. Along with Blumhouse, he produced the thriller, I’m Just Fu**ing With You, part of the Hulu Originals slate which premiered at SXSW. He was a producer on the indie comedy Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, which won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival.
Director of Canadian & International Programming at Just for Laughs
Zoe Rabnett has worked in the Canadian and international comedy industry for nearly 25 years, in a variety of positions across the country and around the world. In her current role as Director of Canadian & International Programming for the prestigious Just for Laughs organization, she is responsible for finding the best comedy talents in the world and bringing them to all Just For Laughs comedy events in Canada and abroad.
Talent Agent at Gersh Talent Agency
Valentijn Sloot began his comedy career in Talent and Specials at Comedy Central. In 2012 Valentijn joined Super Artist Agency, working with comedy legends Richard Lewis, Kevin Pollak, Artie Lange and others while growing his roster of standup and alternative talent including Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Leanne Morgan, Drew Lynch and Charlie Berens. In 2017 Valentijn and his clients moved to the full-service agency Gersh, whose comedy clients include Dave Chappelle, John Oliver, Jamie Foxx, Brian Regan, Andrew Schulz, and many more.
Moderated By Peter Carlone
Writer, Performer & Director
Peter Carlone is a Vancouver based comedy writer and performer and director, who is one half of three-time Canadian Comedy Award winning duo "Peter n' Chris". “Quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen.” – The Winnipeg Free Press. Peter also wrote for the Irrelevant Show on CBC for three seasons, and for EA Games on the new hit game "Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville". His comedy short film "Grocery Store Action Movie" (co-written with Chris Wilson of Peter n' Chris) won Just For Laughs Northwest "Best Short Award" and has been screened at 18 festivals including: Just For Laughs, Atlantic Film Festival, Edmonton Film Festival, and the Canada Film Festival.