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Stewart Francis is a Canadian comedian, actor and writer. In addition to his work in Canada and the US, he frequently tours in the UK.
Both of Francis’ parents are British, but he was born in Saint Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto in 1960. He attended Eatonville Junior School, in Etobicoke.
Francis has headlined all over North America and the United Kingdom and has performed in numerous venues worldwide, including Hong Kong, South Africa, and throughout Europe. In June 2009 he performed on the Edinburgh section of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Francis was the support act for Ricky Gervais on his Science tour, performing at venues including New Theatre, Oxford, Brighton Centre and the O2 Arena in Dublin. He has been on the panel on Mock the Week 12 times and appeared on Live at the Apollo on in 2010 and 2012.
In 2012 he won the annual award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.
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Stewart Francis was born in Toronto in 1960 and lists his comedy heroes as John Trimm (Eatonville Skool) and Johnny Carson.
Francis didn’t get into stand-up until relatively late, at the age of 30, when a girlfriend entered him into an open-mic competition. From there things began to take off says Francis; “I managed to get a gig at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival,” he recalls. “From there I got a part in a TV sitcom and I did that for two years, then I did all sorts of stuff on a sports channel, ice hockey and stuff interviewing hockey players. He was a game show host for 2 years
Francis won the award for funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 by with a joke about Posh and Becks beating the British king of the one-liner Tim Vine, to the top spot. In the list of the top ten jokes, compiled by the TV Channel Dave, Francis appeared twice, as does Vine.
In the US he was a regular guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and he was the host of trivia game show You Bet Your Ass. In the UK, his TV appearances include The Comedy Store, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Big Stage, For One Night Only and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. After his first appearance on Mock the Week as an almost unknown, he was so successful he was asked back three more times in the series that followed. In 2010 Stewart appeared in a special Children in Need episode of Mastermind where his specialist subject was the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Stewart has also enjoyed success as an actor, and starred as a series regular on An American in Canada and also acted in Kevin Hill. In 2007, he appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcom Not Going Out as Hillary Allison. (The producers said in an interview that he had been considered for the part of recurring character Guy, but rejected because he was too young and given this role instead.) He also made a brief appearance in The Omid Djalili Show.