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A blue and purple graphic with a diagonal white line cutting through the middle. White text reads “News Travels Fast” On the right side is a purple stylized design of earth.

A blue and purple graphic with a diagonal white line cutting through the middle. White text reads “News Travels Fast” On the right side is a purple stylized design of earth.

Mar 24 – Panel: News Travels Fast – 3pm

Show Rating:
  • Family

    Absolutely suitable for all ages.
  • March 24, 2021 - 3:00pm

How do you write, and keep your jokes pointed, when the news cycle is ever changing? Join a panel of writers and creators from satirical comedy outlets from online to radio to television.

Hosted by Candy Palmater, News Travels Fast will feature panelists from notable comedy properties including The Beaverton, CBC’s Because News and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, and more.

News Travels Fast will include a moderated Q&A.

A photo grid with six photos. Top Three: Candy Palmater, Aba Amuquandoh, Erika Ehler. Bottom three: Ghazal Ghiami, Nelu Handa, Allana Harkin.

A photo grid with six photos. Top Three: Candy Palmater, Aba Amuquandoh, Erika Ehler. Bottom three: Ghazal Ghiami, Nelu Handa, Allana Harkin.

Featuring:

Candy Palmater
Candy Palmater created and hosted The Candy Show, an award- winning national television variety series for APTN.  She also hosted The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio One. She is a regular contributor to The Next Chapter and Because News on CBC Radio. Candy is a recurring guest host on CTV’s afternoon talk show, The Social. She has acted in numerous televisions series including The Trailer Park Boys, Call Me Fitz and Sex and Violence. She received a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for her role in Forgive Me. You can hear Candy’s voice as the Narrator of the CBC TV series True North Calling, as well as Skindigenous on APTN and PBS. Candy was a Panelist on CBC Canada Reads in 2017. In 2020 Margaret Atwood named Candy as one of the 14 International women who are shaping our future.

Candy has written and appeared in many special television broadcasts including Ab Day Live, the Indspire Awards, and the imagineNATIVE Film Fest Awards Show. Candy’s first book, a memoir, will be published by Harper-Collins in the fall of 2021.

Aba Amuquandoh
Aba is an actress, writer, stand up comedian as well as a sketch performer. She performs on the Canadian Comedy Award winning show This Hour Has 22 Minutes on CBC, as the youngest ever featured player. Aba was also a featured comedian for Las Culturistas I Don’t Think So Honey, hosted by Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni. Last year Aba starred in Shopify’s new Sketch Series, Mind Your Business as well as Second City’s FamCo show, In The Game.  Aba also co-hosts Nostalgique, which was rated Toronto’s 2nd funniest podcast by the Toronto Star. She is currently featured in The Maritime Edit, now available for purchase online.

Erika Ehler
Erika’s razor-sharp, dark and visceral writing paired with precise delivery makes her one of the most exciting young comedians on the circuit. Originally from Toronto, Erika now lives in the UK after completing the Comedy Writing and Performance Program at Salford University.

In 2019, she was crowned winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award, was the recipient of the Mike Craig Comedy Award, and the Hot Water Roast Battle Champion. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude Festival, and the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Erika has recently written for the upcoming fourth series of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Netflix’s Death to 2020, BBC’s Have I Got News For You, and Sky’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Ghazal Ghiami
Ghazal Ghiami is a writer and comedian based in Toronto. She’s currently an editor at The Beaverton, Canada’s most widely-read satirical news website. She can be found @ghazalghiami on Twitter and Instagram.

Nelu Handa
Based in Toronto (the biggest one in Canada), Nelu has been an active Screenwriter and Actor since 2010. 

She has written for and performed on multiple seasons of award-winning comedy series’ including:  JANN (CTV/HULU), Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC/IFC), Odd Squad (PBS), The Beaverton (CTV), and the upcoming series Sort Of (CBC/HBO MAX). Most recently she’s been a Staff Writer for Season 2 of A Little Late with Lilly Singh on NBC.

As an Actor, Nelu’s also been featured in episodes of Star Trek: Discovery (CBS), The Expanse (Amazon), The Bold Type (ABC), and web series’ including Avocado Toast (OutTV) and Decoys (CBC). She plays recurring character Jade on the Emmy Award winning show Workin’ Moms (CBC/Netflix).

A dedicated advocate for increasing diverse representation in the industry, Nelu is the creator and host of MIRCHI COMEDY, a ground-breaking monthly night of live comedy for Women Of Colour.

Allana Harkin
Allana Harkin has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards for her work as a Correspondent, Co-Executive Producer and Segment Director on five seasons of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She started her comedy career 20 years ago as a writer, performer and founding member of the acclaimed Toronto sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs. Her award-winning short film The Godmother has played at numerous festivals and premiered on TNT/TBS. As well as starring in television and film Allana has written for TBS, TNT, PBS, Nick Jr, CBC and CTV. Currently she’s living on a boat with her family and making a sixth season of late night television.