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Freddy’s honest love for performing is clearly evident each time he steps on stage, whether it be for an audience of two hundred at a local fundraising event, or two thousand in a New York City Theatre.
Freddy is a seasoned professional and has performed to adoring audiences throughout North America. His high energy performance combined with an array of celebrity impressions has made Freddy an audience favourite for almost 20 years. Freddy continues to delight fans by drawing his humour from life experiences, his Italian heritage, and being a re-married father of four.
Freddy has had the privilege of taking the stage at several prestigious theatres throughout North America including: The Markham Theatre, The Sony Centre, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, New Jersey Centre for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Emerson Majestic Theatre, Staten Island University Theatre, Hamilton Place, Kingswood Music Theatre at Wonderland, Brampton Rose Theatre, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Queen’s University Theatre (NYC), Long Island University Theatre and many more.
Recently Freddy released his first comedy CD. “Freddy Proia – Live & Uncensored”, which is available for order through various retail chains including HMV and Chapters, as well as online at Amazon.com, i-tunes and freddyproia.ca
Aside from stand-up comedy, Freddy has crossed over into the acting world with appearances in the 20th Century Fox Film PCU, as well as the Canadian television sitcoms Twitch City and Due South. He has also lent his voice and acting abilities to various television and radio commercials.
Freddy continues to receive accolades as a corporate comedian and master-of-ceremonies, having performed for Hewlett Packard, Imperial Oil, The Canadian Insurance Underwriters Association, Loomis Courier, London Life Insurance, City of Toronto – Heritage Event, Tim Horton's, The OLG Commission, RIM, Quebecor, Pellar Estates Winery, the Ottawa Consumer's Choice Awards, The Canadian Liver Foundation, The Tourette Syndrom Foundation, the Canadian Miss Italia Pageant, Counterforce Security Systems, Apotex Pharmaceuticals, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, CNIB Fundraising Events, Hydro One and many more.
Freddy is a true entertainer who genuinely has fun on stage. His energy and love for performing is contagious, and will keep you buzzing long after the show is done.
"Freddy Proia was an absolute pleasure & a huge hit at our event! Much appreciated"
"One of the six speakers and performers was comedian Freddy Proia. His underlying theme was "that's my Toronto," telling stories and what we hope are made up comedy bits from growing up in Scarborough and living across the city, each ending with the line "that's my Toronto." Some of the bits were especially funny, such the GPS navigator that changes its mannerisms based on the ethnicity of the neighbourhood that it is passing through, or his tale of breaking a table at a restaurant on the Danforth."
"We are still getting comments about your brilliance and hilarity at the Great Toronto Roast. Your contribution to the celebrations was a terrific testament to our fine city. Heritage Toronto (and we) are very grateful for your tremendous performance."
"In Hamilton at the Yuk Yuks there is a comedian that frequents there that does great impressions of all the Simpsons characters. He does an amazing job of Joe Pesci and Robert Deniro from Goodfellas and many others. The guy is hilarious. His name is Freddy Proia."
"Proia walked calmly on stage and quickly placed the audience in the palm of his hand. The audience loved it"
"Proia was getting laughs -- "killing". as they say in the business."
"Markham's version of Robin Williams, Freddy Proia, kept the crowd in stitches"
"Freddy Proia dominated the stage in a fast-paced evening of stand-up comedy, imagination and quick wit"
"Fred was wonderful at our party. All our staff are still going on about him today at work... we really appreciate the great show he put on (and the extra time he put in). We definitely will use him again in the future."
"WOW, what a show, Fred killed, and what a pro guy, not many out there like him. Always a pleasure, he is a true gentleman. First standing O we had this year."
"Freddy did a great job - he really had the crowd in laughter. He is quite the entertainer. We would not hesitate to recommend him or request him in the future."
-Kathleen L, AMI Network Services