Since performing her first set in September 2019, Simone Holder has performed throughout Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and parts of the USA breaking down barriers and shattering glass ceilings wherever she goes. This includes being one of only 3 people to have won both the Absolute Comedy and Yuk Yuk’s competitions.
A regular comedy club performer and touring comic, Simone is known for her soft-spoken delivery, sweet demeanour, and hilarious, unexpected punchlines. Her dream is to one day appear at Montreal’s storied Just for Laughs Festival.
- Winner: 2022 “Prove You’re a Comic” competition at Absolute Comedy Ottawa, Canada
- Winner: 2021 “Mike MacDonald Summer Comedy Competition” held at Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa, Canada.
Comedy Festivals and Showcase
- Danforth Comedy Festival: August 4-5, 2023 (Toronto, ON)
- Opening act for Nathan MacIntosh, Danforth Comedy Festival, Comedy Bar Danforth, August 5, 2023 (Toronto, ON)
- The Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest: June 14-18, 2023 (New York City, USA)
- Opening act for Mark Normand, All Over the Road Tour, The Danforth Music Hall, December 7, 2022 (Toronto, ON)
- Dirty Bird Comedy Festival: November 17-19, 2022 (Ottawa, ON)
- Canadian North Arctic Comedy Festival: October 6-9, 2022 (Iqaluit, NU)
- Portland Maine Comedy Festival: August 26-28,2022 (Portland, Maine, USA)
- Crackup Comedy Festival: March 22-26, 2022 (Ottawa, Cornwall, Pembroke)
- Selected for the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival showcase held in Ottawa on May 5, 2022 (Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa)
- August 6, 2023 – Fordham PR: Danforth Comedy Festival – Night 2
- August 5, 2023 – Fordham PR: Danforth Comedy Festival launches with a great night of laughs
- June 14, 2023 – CBC Radio Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan: Local comedian Simone Holder performs at Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest NYC
- February 21, 2023 – CBC Radio All in a Day with Alan Neal: Black History Month 2023: When Did You…? #4
- February 6, 2023 – CBC News Ottawa: National Arts Centre’s 1st ‘Black Out’ night sparks debate — and backlash
- September 22, 2022 – CBC Radio: Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan, Racial representation and The Little Mermaid
- September 22, 2022 – CBC News: Racial representation and The Little Mermaid: The struggle for diversity in film
- August 19, 2022 – Ottawa Life Magazine: More ‘laffs’ coming your way as Yuk Yuks Ottawa expands
- Fall 2021 issue – Ottawa Life Magazine: Who knew it was so easy to laugh in Ottawa?
- February 15, 2021 – CKCU, 93.1 FM: Curiocity with Erik Stolpmann(http://bit.ly/20210215-curiocity)
- February 8, 2021 – CBC Radio: Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan “Dan Levy hosts Saturday Night Live”
- November 25, 2022 – Compilation album released: Diversity Hire
- Host of the podcast Wilfully Funny where she interviews comics and other artists.
Links and social media
Link in bio: https://simonecomedy.ca/link-in-bio/
- YouTube: Simone Holder YouTube channel / Wilfully Funny YouTube Channel
- Podcast: Wilfully Funny
- Instagram: @_simonecomedy_ / @wilfullyfunnyottawa
- Twitter: @_simonecomedy_ / @wilfullyfunny
- TikTok: @simonecomedy / @wilfullyfunny
- Facebook: simone.holder / wilfullyfunny
- Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/simonecomedy