Ed Hill (comedian)

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Ed Hill
Ed Hill Cape Fear Comedy Festival.jpeg
Born Taipei, Taiwan
Medium Live performance, television, radio
Nationality Canadian, Taiwanese
Years active 2009 - Present
Genres Observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, human behaviour, multiculturalism, social interaction, Asian culture
Website http://www.kingedhill.com

Ed Hill (born 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan)[1] is an award-winning Taiwanese-Canadian stand-up comedian and podcaster. He began performing in Vancouver, British Columbia and regularly tours North America [2] and Asia. He currently resides in Vancouver.

Early life[edit]

Hill is of Taiwanese descent. His parents immigrated from Taiwan to Vancouver when he was ten years old.[3] Hill holds a master's degree from Simon Fraser University and an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.[4] Hill also holds a performance degree in concert piano and worked as a professional Disk Jockey prior to stand up comedy.[5]


Hill is an award-winning, actively touring performer and has been featured in various national and international comedy festivals. He was voted by Westender Magazine in Vancouver, British Columbia as "Best Comedian" in 2016[6] and 2015[5] and "Best Local Stand Up 2015 Runner-Up" by The Georgia Straight.[7] He has also appeared on Season 5 of Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV,[8] Season 1 of Up Late Northwest on KING-TV,[9] Bite TV's Stand Up & Bite Me,[10] Comedy Time TV,[11] CBC Radio,[12] and Sirius XM's Satellite Radio. His performances have also garnered notable media attention throughout Canada,[13][14] the United States,[15][16][17] and Asia.[18][19][20]

In 2015, Hill was featured on the cover of Canadian Immigrant Magazine as "Comic to Watch".[21]

Other work[edit]

Ed is the creator and host of the Son of Smiley [22] Podcast, which is titled after Ed's father, Smiley. Hill hosts weekly episodes ranging from 10 to 15 minutes focusing on a short story from his childhood. As co-creator of the Ex is Forever [23] podcast, Hill hosts biweekly episodes alongside fellow comedian Jeff Penner. The 30- to 40-minute episodes, which are accessible through iTunes, focus on the past relationship of an invited guest, allowing them to explore both the positive and negative aspects of their breakup. The show went on hiatus in 2014 after 21 episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Hill's website and social media names often begins with "King Ed". Hill explained he selected this name due to a street in Vancouver named "King Edward" and he does not have any royal affiliation.[24]


  • 2013: Canasian (CD) [25]
  • 2016: Weirdo Whisperer (CD)[26]


  1. ^ Williams, Kaidie. "Serious comedy: Ed Hill trades in the business of laughter," The Ubyssey, 14 November 2013. Accessed 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Ed Hill & David Andrew Brent Comedy Tour". CaNERDian Nation. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Cheong, Ivana. "Chinese New Year with comedian Ed Hill", Seattle Chinese Times, 19 February 2015. Accessed 15 May 2015.
  4. ^ Cruz, Jason. "Clinically funny — “Canasian” Ed Hill’s low anxiety helps with high-stress job", Northwest Asian Weekly, 04 December 2014. Accessed 15 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Klassen, Kelsey. "Comedy King of the Hill", Westender, 26 February 2015. Accessed 15 May 2015.
  6. ^ Westender. "Best of the City 2016: The results are in". The Westender. Retrieved 8 Mar 2016. 
  7. ^ Writer, Staff. "Best of Vancouver 2015: Best in local comedy". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 31 Oct 2015. 
  8. ^ Comedy Club, Gotham. "AXS TV Presents Gotham Comedy Live Hosted by Michael Che". Retrieved 31 Oct 2015. 
  9. ^ Northwest, Up Late. "Up Late nw-Ed Hill-Episode 105". Retrieved 31 Oct 2015. 
  10. ^ Donahue, Anne T. "Stand Up and Bite Me: Anne's Pick". Bite. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Comedy Time. "Ed Hill Standup: Snubbed". AOL.On Entertainment. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Brown, Jim. "Nobody to anybody: Asian-Canadian comedian Ed Hill on life between two worlds". CBC Radio. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Orton, Tyler. "People's Champ Comedian Grew Up With Laughs". Vancouver 24Hrs. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Warren, Janis. "Coquitlam Comedian Brings Act Home". The Tri-City News. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Dr. Heckle. "Dr. Heckle's Sunday Comedy Showcase - Ed Hill". Dr. Heckle. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Sailor, Craig. "Comic Ed Hill Brings '100 Percent Canasian' Comedy To The Grit City Comedy Club". The News Tribune. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Hand, Ian. "Ed Hill at Chadwick's". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Home Club Presents Comedy Masala #110 Ft. AL Ducharme (USA) and Ed Hill (CAD)". Home Club. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "TakeOut Comedy Presents: The ManChild Tour". HK Magazine. 
  20. ^ Huang, Andrew C.C. "Comedy: The ManChild in Taipei". Taipei Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Enright-Morin, Nic. "Four immigrant comics find humour in immigration", Canadian Immigrant, 04 May 2015. Accessed 15 May 2015.
  22. ^ "The Hosts". Son of Smiley. Retrieved 11 Dec 2016. 
  23. ^ "The Hosts". Ex is Forever Podcast. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  24. ^ Castleberry, Tony. "Jazzing things up with Ed Hill". Raleigh and Company. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  25. ^ Warren, Janis. "New CD Out For Comedian". The Tri-City News. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  26. ^ Castleberry, Tony. "Ed Hill: The Weirdo Whisperer". Raleigh and Company. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 

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