Gavin Crawford

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Gavin Crawford
Gavin Crawford on set during a taping of Because News in 2019
Born (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 52)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Known forThis Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Gavin Crawford Show

Gavin Crawford (born 2 April 1971) is a Canadian comedian and actor, best known for The Gavin Crawford Show and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.[1] He currently hosts the panel show, Because News, on CBC Radio One.

Early life[edit]

Crawford was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada.[2] He is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia.


An alumnus of The Second City's Toronto company,[2] Crawford is the creator, co-writer and co-star of the self-titled series, which ran for three seasons on The Comedy Network. In 2000 and 2001, he was also a cast member of the short-lived American sketch series Hype.[3] In 2003, he joined the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, filling in for Mary Walsh during her time away from the show. In 2004, Crawford was made a full-time cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Crawford hosted the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards[4] and the Canadian version of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, which aired on CBC Television in the summer of 2008. Additionally, Crawford performed in guest appearances on Murdoch Mysteries, Made in Canada, Heartland, The Red Green Show and Corner Gas, and in the film French Immersion.

In 2013, Crawford participated in Salvatore Antonio's Truth/Dare: A Satire (With Dance), an interactive audience participation show which featured staged reenactments of scenes from Madonna's 1991 film Truth or Dare, at Buddies in Bad Times during Toronto's Pride Week.[5] The show's cast also included Keith Cole and Adamo Ruggiero.[5]

In 2014, he starred in Maureen Bradley's film Two 4 One as Adam, a trans man who winds up unexpectedly pregnant,[6] and in the sitcom 24 Hour Rental as J.R.

Beginning in 2015, he is the host of the comedy news quiz series Because News on CBC Radio One.[7]

In 2023, Crawford produced Let's Not Be Kidding, an autobiographical podcast about his relationship with his mother who is experiencing advancing Alzheimer's disease.[8]


Crawford was the recipient of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award in 1998. He was nominated four times for a Gemini Award, which he won in December 2004 for his work on The Gavin Crawford Show (he was nominated twice in 2004, also for This Hour Has 22 Minutes). His comedy special Gavin Crawford's Wild West, which aired on CBC Television in 2013, garnered several Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards, including a Best Actor in a Comedy Program or Series nod for Crawford.[9]

Canadian Comedy Awards[edit]

Year Award Project
2003 Best Performance by a Male (Television) The Gavin Crawford Show
2004 Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Series This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2006 Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2007 Television Writing (Special or Episode) This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2008 Television Writing (Special or Episode) This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2008 Best Performance by Actor in a Guest Role (Dramatic Series Murdock Mysteries
2010 Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2012 Best Performance by a Male (Film) French Immersion

Canadian Screenwriting Awards[edit]

Year Award Project
2008 Best Script This Hour Has 22 Minutes
2009 Best Script This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Dora Mavor Moore Awards[edit]

Year Award Project
2011 Outstanding Performance Male The Situationists
2013 Outstanding Performance Male A Few Brittle Leaves

Guest Roles[edit]

Crawford's television credits include guest appearances on esteemed Canadian programs such as "Corner Gas," "Robson Arms," "The Red Green Show," "CTV's Sonic Temple," "Made in Canada," "Heartland," and "Murdock Mysteries." In fact, his remarkable portrayal in "Murdock Mysteries" garnered him a prestigious Gemini Award for Best Guest Role in a dramatic series, solidifying his reputation as a skilled actor.

Not limited to television, Gavin's talent extends to the silver screen. He has showcased his acting prowess in feature films such as "My Dog Vincent," "The Five Senses," "Dead by Monday," "French Immersion," and the highly anticipated "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist."

Furthermore, Gavin's abilities extend beyond acting alone. He also took on the role of host in CBC's successful adaptation of the popular British talent search program, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" His charisma and hosting skills shone through, contributing to the show's positive reception and popularity among audiences.

Gavin's notable contributions to the Canadian entertainment industry have firmly established him as a respected figure in both television and film. With his diverse range of performances and achievements, he continues to captivate audiences and leave a lasting impact on the world of entertainment.

Personal life[edit]

Crawford is openly gay.[1] He lives in Toronto with his husband Kyle Tingley.


  • Rope Enough by Sky Gilbert as Ichabod Malframe, Buddies in Bad Times 2005
  • Bad Acting Teachers by Sky Gilbert as Reginald Architruc, Buddies in Bad Times 2006
  • A Few Brittle Leaves by Sky Gilbert as Viola Pie, Buddies in Bad Times 2013


  1. ^ a b Sumi, Glenn (21 June 2012). "Gavin a gay time". NOW. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Connolly, Kevin (15 June 2000). "Mister Dress-up: Will the real Gavin Crawford please stand up? Not likely". Eye Weekly. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  3. ^ Slotek, Jim (20 February 2002). "That's so Gavin and Mary". Jam!. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Afghanada, Dragon Boys win Canadian screenwriting awards". CBC News. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Kaplan, Jon (20 June 2013). "Truth/Dare takes on the Material Girl". NOW. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Two 4 One and the accidental pregnancy". Xtra!, 29 September 2014.
  7. ^ "CBC Radio One Unveils Fall Lineup" Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Broadcaster, 3 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Let's Not Be Kidding with Gavin Crawford". CBC Listen. CBC. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  9. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated". CBC News. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

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