CBC Relief Fund Bios

Brandon Ash-Mohammed
 

Brandon Ash-Mohammed. Comedian. Writer. Future Real Housewife of Atlanta. He's a Tim Sims Award nominated comedian, a Telefilm New Voices Award winning writer, and the creator of The Ethnic Rainbow (Canada’s first & only comedy show for LGBT comedians of colour). Brandon has opened for Julio Torres, James Adomian, Chris Redd, Mo Amer, Cipha Sounds, and has been featured on Baron Vaughn's New Negroes live show. Over the summer of 2018, he made appearances at prestigious festivals such Field Trip Festival, Just For Laughs Montreal, and JFL42. Brandon just finished a run on Second City Mainstage for their current sketch revue The Best Is Yet To Come Undone. Most recently, he was named a Breakout Artist of 2018 by Now Magazine & one of Canada’s 15 Comics To Watch by CBC in 2019.

Most recently, he wrote on CBC’s Tall Boyz for season one.

Caitie Graham
 

Caitie is a playwright, dramaturg, and arts educator in Toronto whose writing work explores divisive content through character driven narratives. Since completing her BFA in Performance at Ryerson Theatre School, she has led a variety of playwriting workshops across the GTA for children and young adults through organizations like Expect Theatre (Assistant Facilitator, KidCAST); Scarborough Arts (Facilitator, Scarborough Arts/Tarragon Theatre Playwriting Project); and Ryerson University (Creative Writing Instructor, Teen Acting Academy). She is currently Co-Director of the Young Playwrights Unit at Tarragon Theatre, where her first play was developed in 2013.

Select writing credits include Paradise Comics (originally presented as part of the 2014 New Voices Festival, then remounted in 2016 for Filament Incubator’s inaugural season); pose ball (Alumnae Theatre’s 2016 New Ideas Festival, and Tarragon Theatre’s Live Wires Series 2016); and GASH (Alumnae Theatre’s 2017 Fireworks Festival, and the Ergo Arts Pink Festival 2019). She is also a running-up recipient of the 2018 Ellen Ross Stuart Award, and recently received funding from the Ontario Arts Council for her newest work, Relente.

 

Isabel Kanaan

https://www.isabelkanaan.com

 

Isabel Kanaan is an established Filipina-Canadian actor, comedian, and writer based in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the Second City and Seneca College’s Acting for Camera and Voice programs.
She is best known for her work as a cast member and most recently as a writer in one of the most popular sketch troupes in Canadian History, Air Farce. She is also an alum cast member and writer of the Canadian Comedy Award winning troupe “The Sketchersons,” and frequently hosts as a guest on their weekly show Sunday Night Live.

She is an alum cast member of Second City’s Educational Company, Second City’s House Company, and Second City’s Family Company. She is part of the multi award-winning group, Tita Collective, which won awards in the Toronto and Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Outstanding New Comedy and Patron’s Pick awards in the Toronto Fringe Festival. They were also the recipients of the Sketch Comedy Project Fund in 2018.

Selected TV Credits: TallBoyz (CBC), Hudson & Rex (City TV), Nurses (Global TV), The Good Witch (Hallmark), This Art Works (CBC Arts), Air Farce Canada 150 (CBC).

Selected Writing Credits: TallBoyz (CBC), Air Farce Canada NYE (CBC), Tita Jokes (Fringe Festival), Sunday Night Live (Comedy Bar), Anak (Carlos Bulosan Theatre), This House Is Not A Home (Second City)

 

Bria McLaughlin
 

Bria McLaughlin (she/they) is an Actor/Writer committed to writing, developing, and championing comedy you don’t have to pretend isn’t racist. Bria is a recent graduate of Humber’s Television Writing and Producing Program and a Dora-nominated graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Acting Program. She believes that diversity isn't just about bodies of colour telling their stories, but about people of various ages, genders and backgrounds seeing themselves in characters outside their own experience. Bria is a co-creator of the Instagram miniseries, “I Dream in Colour” @idicseries, a series of one-minute comedic shorts pitched as “White boy comedy for non-white non-boys”. When not writing or producing new shows or sketches, Bria can be found carrying three plates and recommending the chicken. 
 

Alia Rasul

https://www.aliarasul.com/work

 

Tony Tran (Me)

https://www.itstonytran.com
 

Tony Tran is an actor and writer and future homosexual showrunner.
As a writer, his first stageplay, Queens, a comedy which explores sexual racism through a gaysian lens, had the opportunity to have its first professional staged reading Tarragon Theatre Workspace Program in 2019 through the support of the Toronto Arts Council. He is also an alumnus of the Tarragon Young Playwright’s Unit (2018).

Most recently, he also had the opportunity to do a one-day TV workshop with Ins Choi, through the support of BIPOC TV.

Through his work, Tran hopes to bring more queer, and Asian representation on the stage and screen. Honing on his comedic instincts, he also hopes to join writers rooms and sitcoms to share more of his experiences through a queer Asian lens.

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