Local spotlight: Joe Crawford

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 5.56.05 PMHe’s a jack-of-all trades in the entertainment business but instead we’ll call him Joe.

Joe Crawford is one of the leading personalities in the Niagara Region in comedy entertainment and in 2014 made huge strides in his career in order to prove it. Native to the small town of Port Colborne, Ontario, Crawford is considered a top-notch Canadian entertainer and does everything from singing to stand up.

“Comedy is something I sort of just fell into to be honest,” said Crawford. “I’ve always known I wanted to be a performer, but ‘comedian’ is a title I was given by my audiences more recently.”

In fact, Crawford was on a short list of only five nominations for the Artists Music Guild (AMG) Heritage Awards’ 2014 Best Comedian category, which took place in North Carolina for their November show. Crawford was the only Canadian nominated.

“I have no idea who nominated me but it was great to be a Canadian nominated for an American award. I’d like to think I’m doing something right if people find me worth an award like that.”

AMG is a company of the International Academy of Music Arts and Sciences Inc. which opened its doors in 2010. The Heritage Awards have since been created to give artists the credit they deserve from their peers.

Crawford’s beginnings in entertainment were humble acting as Waffles the Clown in 1995, followed by theatre acting and piano lessons. A few years later. he performed as Joe the Magician and worked at parties with magic and balloons. His comedy performances began in 2001 and in 2003, he began working radio. This is where things really started to take off in his career. He will often perform at old-age homes as well as perform gigs around Niagara and open-mic nights when they’re available. He has also been a part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival which he will be auditioning for again this year. He ‘s even appeared on “Live with Regis and Kelly” in 2006. He spent time touring as many as 20 cities in 2007 and recorded his first Christmas album in 2008.

He’s also very passionate about supporting local, Canadian talent and features as much of it as he can on his T.V. and radio show, The Joe Show. He has also featured an array of big-name comedians and personalities such as Wayne Brady, Larry King, Tim Conway, Bob Eubanks, just to name a few. Beyond these celebrities, it’s Crawford’s comedic personality that’s brought nearly 2 million viewers to the Joe show on a weekly basis.

Regardless of his recent success, getting to where he is hasn’t been an easy road but he understands the hardwork necessary to do well in the industry.

“You have to remember that when you call people to do an interview, you’re going to get about a hundred ‘no’s’ all the time, but there are going to be people that say ‘yes. If you’re good at what you do, and you brand yourself well, eventually it gets easier and more people say yes. That’s what this business is all about.”

You can find Joe on Facebook, on Twitter @JoeCrawfordLive and to watch the Joe Show Live tune in every Wednesday night from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on joecrawfordlive.com 

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