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Comedian Jeremy Hotz: Canada’s International Man Of Misery

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Jeremy Hotz International Man Of Misery

Canadian Gemini award-winning comedian, Jeremy Hotz, is a miserable man. You probably would be too if you were spending the cold and snowy month of February taking your show on the road on a cross-Canada tour.

Fighting his way across the frozen tundra and battling the evil elements, Jeremy Hotz will pit his wits against the harsh Canadian winter with his all-new stand-up show, Jeremy Hotz: International Man of Misery, from February 2 to 28, 2016. The tour will have the lovably miserable comedian brave the cold once again to entertain audiences nationally from coast to coast, from Newfoundland to British Columbia. With the holidays just around the corner, these miserable show tickets make a great gift for your loved ones! Tickets go on sale Friday, November 27 at 10:00 AM (12:00 noon in Halifax and Kingston).”

If you’ve followed the Canadian comedy scene for any length of time, you likely know the name Jeremy Hotz. Jeremy has been playing sold out shows across Canada for years now.

Jeremy “has performed multiple times at Just For Laughs’ Montreal festival to critical praise – including being hailed Best Performer by the Globe and Mail and Best in Fest by the Montreal Gazette – and on national JFL tours including his sold-out What A Miserable Tour This Is in 2008 and Magical Misery Tour in 2013.”

Many Canadians may also recognize Jeremy from his work in the celebrated series, The Newsroom, on CBC, for which he won a Canadian Gemini Award.

What you may not know is that Jeremy is also a talented actor and writer. His credits include:

  • staff writer and performer on the Jon Stewart Show
  • appeared in the fourth season of HBO Canada’s “Call Me Fitz”
  • starred in the four-part mini-series “Married Life” on Comedy Central
  • appeared in feature films “My Favourite Martian” with Elizabeth Hurley and “Speed 2” with Sandra Bullock

Jeremy has also performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, plus many of his own television specials. In 2008, Jeremy was honoured with Canada’s prestigious “Dave Broadfoot Comic Genius Award” at the Canadian Comedy Awards.

I caught up with Jeremy Hotz yesterday by phone from Toronto on the day he was set to perform in front of a packed theatre of fans at Toronto’s Massey Hall.

Here’s how it all started:

Twitter tweet from Canadian Blog House To Jeremy Hotz

To say that I was honoured that Jeremy took the time to speak with me, would be an understatement. Not only did Jeremy agree to talk with me, he devoted 35 minutes of his precious time to give me this interview of a lifetime!

Before my interview (listen to the interview in the YouTube link below), I already knew that Jeremy was a hilarious stand-up comedian but, during my conversation with him, I also learned that Jeremy Hotz is truly a stand up Canadian. Jeremy may live in Los Angeles now, but his heart is still back home in Canada!

Jeremy graciously allowed me to record our conversation, which I’m thrilled to share with you here. For any of you who are Jeremy Hotz fans, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this. Jeremy had me laughing from start to finish – even when we touched on more serious topics. Would you expect anything less? I didn’t think so!

Canadian comedian Jeremy Hotz

Jeremy was very candid with me about a number of topics, including his battle with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and how both his new “therapy” puppy, Shackleton, and his brother, who is a Psychologist, are a huge support for him in helping him deal with his anxiety, especially when he is on the road touring.

Jeremy was a great sport and indulged me by answering all the crazy questions I asked him. I learned so many fascinating things about Jeremy:

  • his favourite memory of growing up in Ottawa
  • his favourite ride at the SuperEx
  • how he came up with his “on-stage” style/persona
  • who his favourite Canadian comedian is
  • what his misses most about Canada now that he lives in LA (you’ll love his list!)
  • the Canadian city with the best audience…and the worst!

In my interview, Jeremy also weighs in on social media, discovers for the first time what “vaguebooking” is, and shares his opinion on online trolls and Canadian band, Nickelback.

We covered a lot of Canadian territory in this conversation!

We touched on the topic of pet tricks when I told him about my dog Guinness and how she does this:

Then, Jeremy filled me in on the silly things Shackleton does, and how “privileged” he is – but that he doesn’t even know it. Also, word is, Shackleton plays a mean game of “tug of war”!

Go easy on me – this was the first time I’ve ever interviewed anyone by phone – let alone someone like Jeremy Hotz! But, yes, go ahead and laugh at me – I did.

(Did I really tell Jeremy I peed my pants? Ugh!)

A huge thank you to Jeremy Hotz for being so easy to talk to, for putting me at ease immediately, and for agreeing to speak with me. This was a great learning experience for me and one I’ll never forget.

The best part? I actually made this fabulous comedian laugh a few times! Me.

In case you are wondering, it’s this clip I’m referring to at the end of the interview:

For more information on how you can get tickets to one of Jeremy’s show’s (if they aren’t sold out already!) check out Jeremy’s page at Just For Laughs. Oh yes….and follow Jeremy on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll be sure to have a laugh or two!

In the meantime…enjoy the interview!






Disclosure: Canadian Blog House did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are our own.

  1. February 22, 2016


    Wow, Sandy, I believe you have a new career as an interviewer…you did an AMAZING job! Up until today, I had not heard of Jeremy Hotz but I will definitely be watching for him now. Hopefully, he will come to a nearby city and when he does I will be first in line to grab a couple tickets!

    • February 24, 2016


      Awww Monica 🙂 Thanks so much for saying so! I put it all down to Jeremy – he made me feel so comfortable and was so easy to chat with. Definitely go see him if you ever get a chance. I’ve been reading comments of those that have attended his show and everyone has loved it. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. February 18, 2016


    What a great job you did Sandy!! You took that interview to a new level!! I love how natural you are at this!

    • February 18, 2016


      Thanks so much, Jenn! That means a lot! I’m so glad Jeremy was such a great interview. I couldn’t help but feel at ease with him. Great guy! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. February 18, 2016


    What a fun interview! Love that you were able to make a comedian laugh and that it was such an engaging interview. Would love to hear his show!

    • February 18, 2016


      Thanks so much, Kerrie! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I was hoping it would be engaging, so I appreciate hearing that! Jeremy was such a great guy to talk with. He made it easy for me! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. February 17, 2016

    Aeryn Lynne

    OMG that is so cool, wtg Sandy! I was a big Jeremy Hotz fan back in the day, lol. It must have been a decade now when TheHubs and I went and saw his stand up here in Toronto. Am totally going to have to see if there are tickets for a local show, thanks for the heads up. And congrats on your first phone interview, you rock! <3

    • February 18, 2016


      Thank you so much, Aeryn Lynne! I really appreciate the support! It was nerve-wracking but Jeremy really helped put me at ease. So cool that you got to see him way back! I bet it was great! Sadly, you would have already missed his show in T.O. – next time! Me too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. February 17, 2016


    How cool is that! I’ve seen Jeremy on Just For Laughs a few times and he’s hilarious. Good job, Sandy!

    • February 17, 2016


      Thanks so much, Olivia! Me too…have watched many of those Just For Laughs! My stomach hurts after I watch him – every time! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. February 17, 2016


    What a cool experience, to be able to interview someone you’ve been a fan of for so many years! 🙂

    • February 17, 2016


      It sure was, Heather! I loved every minute of it. Jeremy was such a great sport with everything I asked him! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. February 12, 2016

    Elizabeth Vlug

    Will listen to your interview when I have more time. (well done to even get the interview!!) We are huge Jeremy Hotz fans and have seen him a couple of times. I start laughing as soon as he smirks. Love him and his style of humour.

    • February 12, 2016


      Thanks so much, Elizabeth!! So happy to hear you are a big fan of Jeremy’s too! Glad you have had a chance to see a couple of his shows! I agree…all it takes is that smirk to set me off! It’s all down hill from there 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. February 12, 2016

    Lyse Chartrand

    Wowzers, I just listened to your interview, great job! BTW have you been able to get the tickets he said may be available?

    • February 12, 2016


      Thank you Lyse!! Still waiting to hear but they are probably all taken/sold out. I’ll have to keep an eye out for next time!!

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