Being a comedian AND the host of Canada Laughs on SiriusXM, Ben Miner knows a thing or two about Canadian comedy. From albums and books to t-shirts and vodka, Ben's got the scoop on what to give the comedy-lover in your social sphere. Take it away, Ben! 

It’s that time of year where everyone complains about the over-commercialization of the holidays and how it’s ruined the genuine sentiment behind everything blah blah blah here’s where you can spend some of your money! With comedians!!! You heard me, comedians! We have a lot of stuff to sell and you have a lot of gifts to give so how’s about we put two and two together, hmmm?

BOOKS

Comedians, we’re a literate bunch. So much so that a few comics even wrote and released books this year! Classy! They range from instructional books to novels. Got a friend who thinks they’re too cool for school? Take em down a peg or two by showing them that you’re far more acquainted with cool then they can ever hope to be – buy them a book by a comic.

Aaron Berg, Mr Manners: Proper Etiquette for the Modern Degenerate

Colin Mochrie, Not Quite the Classics

Ward Anderson, I’ll Be Here All Week

Children’s Books by Harland Williams

Rob Norman, Improvising Now

ART

This is my favorite category. These people have so much talent that it cannot be contained to just the stage. Got a friend or family member who’s a huge comedy nerd? This is the category for them.

Hand-drawn t-shirt by Harland Williams.

So, so, so cool. Show a pal you think they’re the coolest by buying them this.

Beard Paintings by Graham Clark.

Not only is Graham a phenomenal stand up, he’s also an amazing artist and all of his paintings are done with his beard. He doesn’t cut whiskers off and make a brush either, he paints with the beard still attached to his face. Oh, and all the paintings are auctioned off for charitable causes. Swell guy that Graham.

Fine Art by Katherine Ferns

Katherine Ferns is an up and coming Canadian stand-up now living in the UK and she also happens to be a super-talented visual artist. Paintings, sculptures, mixed medium stuff – so much for me to be jealous of. Class up your place with some art by Katherine Ferns!

CLASSES

Know how we’re all friends with someone who thinks they’re super tough and walk out of an action movie thinking they’re suddenly Jackie Chan? Well, we all know someone really annoying who thinks they’re actually being funny. They’re the co-worker who’s no longer allowed to answer the phone and the guy who’s constantly dropping “That’s what she said”. Time for these people to put up or shut up. Throw down the gauntlet and buy them some comedy classes.

Loose Moose, Calgary

Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton

Comedy Bar, Toronto

Second City, Toronto

Bad Dog Theatre, Toronto

TheatreSports, Vancouver

MISC

Dan Aykroyd is one of the funniest people Canada has ever produced. He’s also quite the business person. Did you know that Crystal Head Vodka is his company? Cause it is. I bet there’s a crystal skulled apparition in the next Ghostbusters movie.

Crystalhead Vodka by Dan Aykroyd

Hate-O-Grams

A Hate-O-Gram is a brief, hate-filled message that comes from your heart through the mouth of comedian John Moses.

CD’s/DVD’s

Got someone on your list in need of a good laugh? 29 Canadian comics released albums/DVD’s this year and they sure would be glad if you bought a copy or two . But Ben, how are we supposed to know who released albums? By reading this article! C’mon! Pay attention! Alex Nussbaum, Ali Hassan, Angelo Tsarouchas, Arthur Simeon, Brendan McKeigan, Brett Martin, Chris Locke, Dave Foley, Fraser Young, Glenn Wool, Hunter Collins, Jen Grant, John Beuhler, Jon Steinberg, K Trevor Wilson, Ladystache, Mae Martin, Matt Wright, Mark Debonis, Perry Perlmutar, Simon Rakoff, Sandra Battaglini, Sean Cullen, Steve Patterson, Tim Gilbert, Tom Stade, Tyler Morrison all had releases this year. Go give them your money.

2014 comedy releases:


Alex Nussbaum
Ali Hassan 
Angelo Tsarouchas 
Arthur Simeon
Brendan McKeigan 
Brett Martin 
Chris Locke 
Dave Foley 
Fraser Young 
Glenn Wool 
Hunter Collins
Jen Grant
John Beuhler
Jon Steinberg
K Trevor Wilson
Ladystache
Mae Martin
Matt Wright
Mark Debonis
Perry Perlmutar
Simon Rakoff
Sandra Battaglini
Sean Cullen 
Steve Patterson
Tim Gilbert
Tom Stade
Tyler Morrison
Garrett Clark
Matt O’Brien