Not just one of Canada’s longest running comedy podcasts where guests the likes of Andy Kindler, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” stars Greg Proops and Colin Mochrie, “Kids in the Hall”’s Bruce McCulloch, “Iron Chef America” co-host Kevin Brauch and CBC’s “The Debaters” host Steve Patterson have swung by for a visit. As a result of the success of the show, CATP host Todd Van Allen has been interviewed on the CBC show “Spark” and written up in “Macleans” magazine. You can read the article HERE.
CATP first started out as The TVA Podcast back in 2007. Host Van Allen started the podcast at the behest of producer Darcy Fiander, and started releasing episodes featuring Todd’s weekly radio segments for BOB’s Breakfast on BOB-FM, and Mike Reid on 98.9-THE DRIVE.
Over a series of episodes, the TVA Podcast also began to release interview episodes with various comedians.
Nostalgia Note: You can still find all the classic TVA podcast episodes at his website and on iTunes.
Highlights of the TVA podcast include not only Todd’s conversations with local and touring comedians, but also the first visit of “Iron Chef America” co-host Kevin Brauch and Paul F. Tompkins who talked to Todd when he came to Toronto in 2009.
The TVA podcast completed its run with episode #201 and transitioned to Comedy Above The Pub. In so doing, it has never ceased its mandate of bringing on guests who, though may not be comedians, have a funny story to tell. Yes, a strong focus on Canadian talent does exist, but that does not stop touring comics or other interesting people stopping in and spending some time on CATP.
Todd Van Allen is a Toronto-based comedian that has performed in comedy clubs and festivals around the world.
Not only has Todd done the club circuit, but he has headlined at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Free Festival. He has twice performed at the Just for Laughs #JFL42 Festival in Toronto, 1000 Islands Comedy Festival in Gananoque, WinterCity Festival in Toronto, the Orillia Comedy Festival, Kinston Summer Festival, and Gananoque’s Festival of the Islands.
Todd has also opened for comedy greats Emo Philips, Rory Scovel, Dana Gould and Jimmy Pardo.
Todd has appeared on Comedy Network’s “The Beaverton”, CBC Radio’s “Definitely Not The Opera” as well as CBC’s “Spark” and AM640’s ‘Inside Jokes with Sandra Carusi’. He’s also been seen on RogersTV with Val Cole on “daytime toronto”, CITY-TV’s “Breakfast Television” with Jennifer Valentyne. You may also have caught him on CBC’s “Test the Nation” as well as SiriusXM’s “Laugh Attack”, “Anything Goes”, and “The Guest Spot”. He also appeared on an episode of the world famous podcast “Never Not Funny” with Jimmy Pardo. You may have also heard him voice over dozens of commercials for television and radio.
His corporate comedy styling has impressed the likes of Bank of Montreal, Toronto, EIFS Council of Canada, Gleneagles Country Club, Bolton, the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands, and the Brockville Chamber of Commerce. He has also performed for charity events for such great organizations as the Ontario Breast Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Society and the Brockville United Way.
Todd has appeared in clubs all over Canada (such as Absolute Comedy in Ottawa, Toronto and Kingston, ComedyWorks and Comedy Nest in Montreal, Laugh Shops in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, The Comedy Cave in Calgary and Jokers in Halifax) and the US (such as Gotham Comedy Club, and Ha! Comedy Club in New York, NY, the Improv in Hollywood, CA, the New York Comedy Clubs in New York, NY and Boca Raton, FL and the Laugh-In Comedy Café in Ft Myers, FL).
Todd also hosts the award-winning podcast Comedy Above the Pub (CATP), a weekly podcast now found on the Talkhole Podcast Network. It has recently celebrated its 12th season and was written up in Maclean’s magazine. Guests include the likes of Rich Little, Wendy Liebman, Greg Proops, Dana Gould, Jen Kirkman, Anthony Jeselnik, Andy Kindler, Colin Mochrie, Alan Thicke, Bruce McCulloch, Henry Rollins, author Ian Rankin and Iron Chef America co-host Kevin Brauch. The podcast was part of the 2012 NXNE Music Festival, and Todd also moderated a podcasting panel for the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2012. You can hear the show at www.comedyabovethepub.com or through iTunes.
Todd has won the “Search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic”, and is also an award-winning playwright having been one of four winners of the National Arts Centre’s “Young Playwright Competition”. As well, being a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory Program has also helped Todd become one of the most sought-after comedians and hosts around.