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Host: Chris Hawes

Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Chris grew up less than a mile from the NASA lunar landing practice site. The moon they called it. A barren desolate landscape just outside of Sudbury. Not much to do but play sports and dream of getting the hell out of there. As a child, he would revel in the few and far between opportunities to watch the Tonight Show. Like many before him, it was his dream to one day grace the Tonight Show stage, and be waived over to a coveted spot seated across the desk from Johnny Carson.


Beginning in comedy in the Late 80s , Chris eventually placed second in The Search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic at the People's Comedy Festival. A few short years later, he signed an agreement to become a Contributing Writer to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Over the next decade, Chris toured professionally across Canada with Yuk Yuk’s and into the US. In 1995 he opened his own Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club in Sudbury. He appeared in a couple of feature films and a number of television ads.  In 1996 and 1998 his two children were born. The life of a fledgling touring Canadian comic was not conducive to feeding the family.  So … in 1999 after a successful final tour entertaining Troops in Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, Chris retired from comedy, closed his Yuk Yuk’s and began to work in business. He spent the next 20 years as a business man, hockey coach, baseball coach, soccer coach, chauffeur to dance, horseback, cheerleading, and meeting with teachers and principals. All the same stuff every parent does.


With his children finally grown and off to pursue their dreams, Chris began thinking about returning to comedy. Certainly there must be room in Hollywood for a 50+ year old fat guy with a receding hairline, grey hair and no formal acting training.


Flatbed Tonight was created on a lark. It blends comedy career seasoned by a wealth of life experience with the dreams of a little boy sitting in front of a Zenith 26 inch colour TV. 


Chris is still married to his High School sweetheart after 37 years together. Neither has the energy to leave. They now have two young adults and he is the definition of the suburban Dad. His neighbours think he’s crazy, his kids think he’s crazy, his wife knows he’s crazy, but he maintains this delusion that being funny and creating laughs is all that matters.

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