Simon Rakoff has been performing stand-up since 1978. Considered one of the quickest minds on the scene, Simon is a veteran who performs with the enthusiasm of a newcomer. He is widely regarded as one of comedy’s top acts and has headlined shows from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. His act has also taken him to the United States and England.
Simon’s act is carefully crafted and full of thought-provoking, hilarious routines. Among other topics, it covers religion, relationships, stupidity and man in the modern world. All this is combined with ad-libbing abilities second to none.
On television, Simon has appeared on all the major festivals including Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and The Halifax Comedy Festival. He has also done sets on numerous variety shows and had his own special on CBC. He was also a regular contributor of humorous commentary on the CBC Evening News. Simon is a popular voice on CBC Radio on shows like The Debaters, As It Happens, LOL and Definitely Not The Opera as well as a holiday special with original songs. Most recently, Simon was also featured in the award winning documentary When Jews Were Funny.
As a writer, Simon’s range is wide with credits as a writer, story editor and script doctor on sitcoms, sketch shows, cartoons, and kids shows. He also worked on Fox’s Sunday Comics and sold numerous jokes to Jay Leno for his Tonight Show monologues.
Simon has been seen as an actor in commercials and parts on The Rick Mercer Report, This is Wonderland, Queer As Folk, The Associates, Switchback and the film Prescription For Murder.
He is also a much sought after voice-over artist in commercials and cartoons such as Carl Squared.
Described by Now Magazine as “Razor sharp”, Surrounded By Idiots is the long awaited debut album from one of Canada’s funniest comics. If you like some smart with your laughs, Simon Rakoff’s unique perspective on society, technology, religion and relationships will improve your life, albeit briefly.
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