david heti - about

David Heti - about

david heti is a stand-up comic sort of

he has one degree in philosophy and two in law

he has been called andy kaufman meets woody allen meets david heti

he is most likely in montreal, new york or toronto





'scarily drily funny'  -backtotheworld.net

'devastatingly original'  -ottawacomedy.com

'wickedly dark'  -Kreative Kontrol

'deftly subversive'  -The Comedy Network

'not really as cruel as he seems'  -Exclaim

'offbeat genius'  -The Scene Magazine

'solid nihilistic comedy'  -The Serious Comedy Site

'an (un)timely comedian'  -Schlemiel in Theory


'I have reviewed the information you have provided and the content of your material. given the mandate of the department of justice and our obligation as public servants to uphold the highest standard of integrity and fairness, I am of the view that your performance as a stand-up comic, as currently structured, constitutes a conflict of interest and raises significant concerns with respect to your ability to meet your obligations under the values and ethics code for the public service'  -Joel A. Oliver, A/Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector, Department of Justice Canada

'these are simply jokes'  -CJLO


'if the Dark Side has a comedy club, Heti is the headliner'  -The Serious Comedy Site

'fucking brilliant comic'  -Doug Stanhope


'David, you're NOT funny. Comedy is about helping people laugh, to escape from their troubles or PTSD, even if only for a few minutes. You are an inhuman monster that pummels your audience with reminders that cruelty and violence against women and gays are amusing and thrilling to perverts, sickos, and those who victimize others with their porn fantasies. Why promote such hate and pain? Castration and a lobotomy might improve your chances of understanding comedy, but we doubt it. People who attend a 'comedy' show are not your audience. Your brand of 'comedy' can only be appreciated and viciously reciprocated in a prison full of the most heinous sex offenders. You'd like that, or so you say. Please stay away from clubs and stop calling your public psychotic ramblings 'comedy.' IF WE COULD WE WOULD SUE YOU AND THE COMEDY CLUB FOR THE CRAP YOU SPEWED LAST NIGHT IN COLORADO, WE WOULD.'  -JD Wilson


'Thanks for this! Felt so wrong laughing...I rarely listen to anything like this but this one was so rewarding because whatever you're doing up there seems so complex. There's the meta aspect and then the meta stage persona (part of which is being the guy who discourses about the meta) and it all seems totally non-gratuitous because this kind of world-building is somehow necessary to support and justify the joke. I mean isn't that what fiction is about.'  -not JD Wilson


places things done comedically, labour market credentials

has pleased those picking talent enough for JFL42, SF Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest (NOLA), Dark Comedy Fest, Cleveland Comedy Fest, Halifax Pop Explosion, Oddblock

teaches a course in comedy writing and a bit of history and philosophy at McGill University. he opines on issues of comedy limits and theory from time to time on radio and television (such as CBC), in print and in person at conferences, fests or colloquia (e.g. re questions of dark comedy and Holocaust humour)

has told jokes in Mississippi, Newfoundland, California, Texas, Maine, London, New York. he has told jokes before Todd Barry, Brian Posehn, Eddie Pepitone, Jen Kirkman. he has told jokes at the Comedy Store and Comedy Studio, Laugh Factory, Punch Line, Yuks and Helium, Broadway and Gotham Comedy

has written for VICE and The Comedy Network. he interviewed Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians, when in town on his book tour, for The Comedians. he has an album, a podcast (archive) and a web series (archive)

has two tiny cousins