Stewart Francis

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Stewart Francis
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MediumStand-up, television
GenresDeadpan, Wit
Subject(s)One liners
Notable works and rolesYou Bet Your Ass

Stewart Francis is a Canadian comedian, actor and writer. In addition to his work in Canada and the US, he frequently tours in the UK and appears on British television. Both of Francis' parents are British. [1]

Francis was born in Saint Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, and attended Eatonville Junior School, in Etobicoke. [2]



Francis delivers a deadpan performance with many one-liners.[3][4]

Francis has headlined all over North America and the United Kingdom. He has also performed in numerous venues worldwide, including Hong Kong, South Africa, and throughout Europe.[5] On 6 June 2009 he performed on the Edinburgh section of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Francis was the support act for Ricky Gervais on his Science tour,[6] performing in such places as Portsmouth Guildhall, New Theatre, Oxford, Brighton Centre and the O2 Arena in Dublin in late 2009 and early 2010. He has also made 12 appearances on popular British panel show Mock the Week. He appeared on Live at the Apollo on 9 December 2010 and 14 December 2012. In 2012 he won the annual award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.[7]. He announced his final standup tour will take place during 2018 and 2019. His final stand up appearance will be on 7 December 2019. [8]


Stewart starred as a series regular on An American in Canada and also acted in Kevin Hill. In 2007, he appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcom Not Going Out as Hilary Allison. (The producers said in an interview that he had been considered for the part of recurring character Guy, but rejected because he was too young and given this role instead.) He also made a brief appearance in The Omid Djalili Show.


Stewart has written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Gemini Awards and Puppets Who Kill, as well as having his work published in The Hockey News.

Television work[edit]

In the US he was a regular guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and he was the host of trivia game show You Bet Your Ass. In the UK, his TV appearances include The Comedy Store, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Big Stage, For One Night Only and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. After his first appearance on Mock the Week as an almost unknown, he was so successful he was asked back three more times in the series that followed. In 2010 Stewart appeared in a special Children in Need episode of Mastermind where his specialist subject was the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live – Tour de Francis (22 November 2010)
  • Live: Outstanding in His Field (26 November 2012)
  • Pun Gent (28 November 2016)


  1. ^ "Comedian Stewart Francis is pedalling the laughs – Leisure". Berwick Advertiser. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  2. ^ "Meet Stewart Francis, Canada's King of One Liners". 28 August 2012. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  3. ^ "Stewart Francis". June 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  4. ^ Lennox, Emma (1 April 2008). "Stewart Francis: 148 People Can't Be Wrong 7 Mar, Blackfriars Basement". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  5. ^ "Stewart Francis". Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  6. ^ "Stewart Francis: on touring". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  7. ^ "BBC News – Stewart Francis's Posh and Becks joke Fringe 'funniest'". Retrieved 2012-08-21.
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