Dave Merheje is considered to be one of the most original stand-up acts on the comedy scene today. His multiple award-winning act has gained a loyal following across in North America with his “no fear” approach on stage and a comedy style best described as aggressive in-your-face funny. Taping into his middle-eastern roots and an arithmetic interpretation of urbanized life, Dave’s perspective on the world is one like no other. Dave had his first comedy special air in Australia on ABC2 and has made appearances on Comedy Network’s Match Game, was a regular contributor on MTV Live, and can currently be seen as the newest cast member on CBC’s Mr. D.
As a stand-up, Dave won the Just For Laugh's 2011 Homegrown Comic Competition and NOW Magazine's 2011 Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up. In 2012 he was a part of the NBC Standup for Diversity tour, and a Canadian Comedy Award-nominee for Best Stand-up. In 2013 he was nominated for another Canadian Comedy Award, this time for best taped live performance, and was a finalist at the Seattle Comedy Competition. Dave has made multiple appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42 in Toronto, the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, and tours clubs and theatres regularly. In 2018 Dave released his comedy special “Good Friend Bad Grammar” which is available on Vimeo on Demand and Amazon Prime, and he recently shot a half hour special for Netflix which will be released in early 2019.
Awards + Accolades
2016 MTV's Greatest Party Story
2016 Comedy Store, Sydney Australia
2016 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Atlanta
2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival Headliners show.
2013 NOMINATION: NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up
2012 NOMINATION: Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up
2011 FINALIST: NBC's Stand-up for Diversity Search
2011 WIN: Just For Laugh's Irwin Barker Homegrown Comic Award
2011 WIN: Toronto weekly NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up
2011 Profiled as one of Canada's next breakout stars on CBC Radio One's Laugh Out Loud broadcast