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 ReportThis 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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Huffington Post

Like so many other people on the planet, I grew up in an environment that was loaded with abuse and alcoholism. Home was a frightening place, and it was not conducive to having friends visit. That was easy; I didn't have many of them. I was painfully shy, afraid...

Showbiz Monkeys

Simon Rakoff loves his job. Now to be fair, most stand-up comics who are able to make it their career don't take for granted how great a gig it is. But very few veteran comics approach stand-up comedy with the excitement and joy of someone new to the business. Rakoff,...

TO Lifestyle

Who makes you laugh? So much talent it’s hard to narrow down but I always enjoy Sandra Battaglini, Graham Kay, Boyd Banks, Debra DiGiovanni, Derek Edwards and tons of other fantastic Canadian comics. What’s the most overdone premise these days in comedy? Men and women...

Canadian Jewish News

Simon Rakoff likes to challenge stereotypes about Jews. For over 36 years, comedian Simon Rakoff has entertained audiences with his distinctive take on society, technology, religion and relationships. Now, with the launch of his first independently released CD,...

Windsor Star

Simon Rakoff has a stock answer when people ask if he has trouble coming up with jokes. “Comedy isn’t hard. What’s hard is getting up at seven every morning to go to a job you hate at nine.” The 53-year-old Toronto comic, who is appearing at Windsor’s Comedy Quarry in...

NOW Magazine

The cover of Simon Rakoff’s Surrounded By Idiots shows the comic in full face-palm mode. It and the title sum up his act very well. Rakoff’s the middle-aged Jewish guy who makes fun of the stupidity around him. Turns out there’s a lot to satirize, starting with the...

Winnipeg Free Press

Debaters the Second produced just as many funny fireworks as the radio-recorded effort’s first show did on Saturday. Sunday’s matchups included the much-anticipated chest-thump-off between Bruce Clark and Mel (Dan Licoppe) Silverback, the tuxedo-clad mountain-gorilla...

Winnipeg Free Press

Meanwhile, over at the Gas Station — where I ended up after beating a hasty Pantages retreat just past the midway point of the gala — the brothers Rakoff (author/radio commentator David and standup guy Simon) were having a lovely time with their first-ever...

Uptown Magazine

Just how rare is it to see brothers Simon and David Rakoff on the same bill? “The only time we ever worked together was at summer camp,” says Simon. “We once sang Cow Cow Boogie.” The chances of seeing that number revived for Meet The Rakoffs at the Gas Station...

NOW Magazine

A good MC is the unsung hero of the comedy clubs, and Simon Rakoff -- who's been performing since the late 70s -- is one of the best. The quick-on-his-feet stand-up always makes it look easy, engaging audiences with his conversational style and dead-on observations....



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