Tragedy Plus Time: Calgary-based Comedian Faris Hytiaa

In a recent interview, comedian Faris Hytiaa shared his insights with us into his comedic style and influences. Describing his style as anecdotal, with observations and quips peppered throughout, Chalabi credits comedians like Dave Chappelle, Michael Che, and Russell Peters as major influences.

Faris Hytiaa

How would you describe your comedy style?

Very anecdotal, with observations and quips sort of peppered throughout.

Who are some of your influences?

Dave Chappelle, Michael Che, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., John Mulaney, Russell Peters.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Russell Peters and Kevin Hart.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

Either Shane Gillis or Ramy Youssef.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I don’t have a ritual per se, but I like to have socialized a bit in the lead-up to the show. Hang out with my friends and/or other comics.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

Either the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver or the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Two big, historic venues that somehow make a giant theatre feel like a comedy club. The feeling in those places is unlike any other. Good Times Comedy Club in Lethbridge is my favourite club, though.

What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?

A recent joke I’ve been doing about National Geographic. I’m proud of it because I can address how it affected Western views of my family’s home country Sudan, while getting big laughs throughout. It’s my favourite example of my own comedy being able to have a positive impact without sacrificing jokes in the process.

What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?

Typically Netflix and HBO, but love discovering Canadian comics on Spotify and Sirius XM.

Tell us a joke about your city.

Moving to Calgary has been nice because I get to live in a real city. A city where I can say city things again. Things like “No thanks. I brought my own bags”.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

I have a set coming out on CBC Gem on the new season of CBC’s NEW WAVE of STANDUP in May/June, and I’ll be headlining the Laugh Shop July 4-6.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | TikTok

PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?

My favourites coming up in Calgary right now are Jared Wolfchild, Erin Wood, Chris Wipf, Zac Wiggins and Omar Farag

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