2015 Updates!


I can’t believe it’s almost February already! It couldn’t come sooner because I swore off drinking for the month of January. It’s been a nice change, but I’ve really been craving a glass of red wine!

Speaking of red wine, I started a food blog! It’s called “Eating With Julia” and it’s on Tumblr. I’ve always had a passion for cooking and eating and I decided to turn my my culinary creations into a fun little blog. Check it out!

January has been super busy with shows and this weekend I’ll finish off my final weekend of the “Cold Dark January” tour. CDJ is a tour where comedians get to tell their darkest and dirtiest jokes. I’m on the “Dirty Chixxx” shows (didn’t choose the name…) with Rebecca Kohler and Michelle Shaughnessy. So far we’ve played Ajax Yuk Yuks, Ottawa Yuk Yuks and our final shows are this weekend at Mississauga Yuk Yuks. It’s a damn blizzard out right now so hopefully people show up!

February is a very exciting month (besides the fact that I can drink again…) because I’m doing the LOL Sudbury Comedy Fest! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this festival and I can’t wait to be a part of it. My show is Friday, Feb 6.

I’ll also be co-headlining Yuk Yuks Ottawa with Matt O’Brien for 5 shows over Valentine’s Day weekend. AWWWW CUTE.

Otherwise, just a bunch of shows that you can find on my “Shows” page. Check it out!

Also, Don’t forget to download my sweet ass podcast called “WE’RE DOING IT” that I host with comedian and ding ding, Amanda Brooke Perrin.




Bet you didn’t even know I was gone! I did a little East Coast Comedy Tour to Halifax and St. John’s with fellow comedian, Andrew Johnson. I celebrated my birthday while getting to co-headline the Halifax Yuk Yuks so that was quite a lovely experience! Luckily I have a bunch of friends out in Halifax who write for “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and they showed me a good time. (I drank 2 pitchers of long island iced tea to myself and that’s just the tip of the ice berg.)

Luckily the weather was on our side, considering Ontario just got the shit end of the stick. I had never been to Newfoundland before and I’m so happy I got to experience it. The people there couldn’t be nicer. I’ve never met so many local comics who are willing to do whatever they can to accommodate you. The shows were a blast, and again, we partied a little harder than we should have the last day. Seeing as our flight was at 5:45AM we decided to stay up all night, and I stand by that decision. George Street is a hot mess that everyone should see. These east coast tours aren’t huge money making ventures, but they are quite the adventure. Andrew and I met a stripper at the airport in St John’s who said she made TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS working at The Cotton Club. (I don’t know what that name grosses me out so much?) Anyway, maybe if I work on my dance moves I’ll consider a change of profession…

It’s so good to be back in Toronto. I’ve made some changes to my website, so have a look! I got new head shots, a new demo reel annnd I updated my show info. (I KNOW! So impressive.) Also, after years and years of being a non-union actor I finally took the plunge after booking an Advil commercial, and became an Actra apprentice. Hopefully I made the right decision!

Holiday buzz is in the air (yes I’m super cheesy and totally fall for all this hallmark holiday bullshit) and I am so excited to finish off 2014 with a bang. I’m going to Vegas soon, so I’m pretty sure that’s just the bang I’m looking for. (No I will not be seeking male prostitutes in Vegas…;)

More to come! See you at shows:)






I’ve been so busy CREATING A SITCOM that I haven’t had time to update my website! I’m sure you’ve heard about it already, but in case you haven’t COMEDY COUP is searching for the next great Canadian sitcom. The “winner” would get there show on CBC primetime and FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. I am the creator and writer of a show called Wicked Social.

“Wicked Social Promotions is lead by Sandy Williams, a no nonsense bulldozer of a woman who was a pioneer of the promotions industry and is now grooming her son for the Job. She employs a group of colourful characters including dancers, actors, writers, weirdos, and mac daddy’s. Each week the Wicked Social team goes on different promotions assignments while their careers and dreams take a major back seat. They are faced with jobs they never knew existed and the obstacles they must overcome are bigger than the regular 9-5 worker could ever imagine. Romances spark and fizzle, while jealousy runs rampant. When 7 beautiful people with opposite personalities collide, Sandy and her painfully annoying son are the ones to keep them in line. An inside look on what it’s really like to be a struggling Canadian performer and to be in the prestigious yet soul sucking ‘beautiful people’ life style. Promotions are not for everyone. Neither is showbiz. If you can’t take the sass, get out of promotions.”

The show is “Party Down” meets “Friends” (I know…as if I just compared my show to friends) and is based on my experiences of working in promotions.

My CBC Comedy Coup team is made up of Diana Love and Christophe Davidson.

Please go to the website to rate, like and share our project!






Hello world!

The Just For Laughs festival is happening in Montreal and I’m going to check it out! My man lover, Matt O’Brien, is doing a gala at Club Soda so I thought I’d come along for the ride. I’ve never been to the festival before and I’m so pumped to spend a week in Montreal with some of the greatest comedians in the world!

In other news, I finished my screenplay! This is my 1st attempt at a feature script, and I’m really happy with it. After letting many people read it and editing it 400 times, I had the balls to submit it to the Final Draft Screenwriting Contest.

I also started writing for CBC Punchline, so if you ever need a quick laugh check it out! Tons of funny little articles by some really great writers and comedians.

After Montreal I’ll be performing at Yuk Yuks Ottawa July 31st-August 2nd and Niagara Falls Yuk Yuks August 14-16.

Follow me on twitter @juliacomedy for other updates!





Hello sweet kittens!

I have exciting news! My podcast was nominated for a CANADIAN COMEDY AWARD! Isn’t that something? It’s called “We’re Doing It” and I host it with the beautiful and majestic Amanda Brooke Perrin.

It’s also NXNE so you know what that means….PARTY PARTY PARTY! SHOWS SHOWS SHOWS!

I’m performing Wednesday July 18th at Studio Bar. 824 Dundas W. 9:30PM. Come check it out!

Thursday and Friday I am c0-headlining Yuk Yuks Kitchener with Nick Beaton. If you live in the area, you gotta come check it out! It’s one of my favorite clubs to play in Ontario.

Also, just a reminder that Fountain Abbey, the show I co-host with Diana Love, is the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. There’s a show today! 8PM, 1261 dundas w and it’s FREE. There will be no show Canada Day, but stay tuned for more info.

June 25th I’m performing on Chuckle Co, at Comedy Bar. 945 Bloor St W. 9PM

June 27th I’ll be doing Top Shelf Comedy at St. Louis Bar and Grill in the beaches. This show is always BONKERS.

June 29th and 30th I’M IN A PLAY! It’s called “I’m Dyin’ Bud” and I’m seriously honored to be a part of such a hilarious production.  The Box Theatre 103-89 Niagara Street (near king and Bathurst) June 29th 3PM and 8PM, June 30th 8PM.


That’s it for now! More info, shows, fun stuff etc. TBA!


I’m Doing It!


The past week has been super busy and I just wanted to take a moment to say how #blessed I feel. I’ve been sick for almost 2 weeks now, but even that couldn’t get me down. Well, it did get me down for a while but then I had no choice but to power through! The sun is finally here and I think that it what’s giving me so much joy. I had a hectic weekend, and now that it’s over I want all my weekends to be just like that. Friday I had 4 auditions, Saturday I had a gig in Port Rowan with super funny amazing comics Jeff McEnery and Adam Christie, Sunday I rehearsed a play in the park and then I went and hosted Sunday Night Live. AH! I felt so creatively fulfilled and it reminded me how lucky I am to be pursuing my dream job.

Some really exciting shows are coming up this summer too! As I mentioned, I’m rehearsing for a play. It’s called “I’m Dyin’ Bud”, written by Bryn Pottie and Donny Kehoe. The short comedic play follows the struggles of one dysfunctional North Bay family. It will be playing at The Box Theatre June 29 and 30th. Stay tuned for more details!

June 2nd I’ll be performing at The Rivoli for the Toronto round of “SiriusXM Canada’s Top Comic” for a chance to win 15 grand! Come on down and laugh real hard!

June 5th I’ll be in Niagara Falls showcasing at COCA!

June 18 I’ll be performing at NXNE!

What a fun month! Now go outside and get a patio beer. You earned it!



Self Dream Diagnosis

I’d be a terrible mother. If I checked up on my hypothetical kids as much as I did my website, they’d be toast. Lucky for me and everyone I don’t have kids! However, I am having some crazy dreams lately. I know what you’re thinking: “shut up no one cares about your stupid dreams.” These are usually my sentiments exactly when someone tries to tell me about their dream. This time it’s different though. As of Monday I started a new eating plan called “Whole30″. It’s basically a restricted paleo diet and no, I’m not allowed to have alcohol. (kill me). I’ll talk about whole30 another day. Today is all about dreaming! Maybe I could dream I was having a glass of wine…

Since making the change, I have been sleeping more soundly and having ridiculous dreams that appear to have some sort of symbolism in them. It could all be a load bull garbage, but I decided to look into it anyway!

My dream a few nights ago was in short about me reconciling with an ex boyfriend. My current boyfriend was there too, and he dropped his egg which cracked and then ants came out of the yolk. WHAT.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time I’ve dreamt of bugs coming out of eggs. I have no idea what this means and even the internet is stumped. Here’s the best analysis I/Internet could come up with

1)I’m eating a lot of eggs on this diet (this is my non-expert analysis)
2)“To see or eat eggs in your dream symbolize fertility, birth and your creative potential. Something new is about to happen.” -dreammoods.com (definitely not in the baby or birthing mood, BUT new things are happening…)
“To see cracked or broken eggs in your dream represent feelings of vulnerability or a fragile state in your life. Consider the phrase, walking on eggshells. Alternatively, you may be breaking out of your shell and being comfortable with who you are.” -dreammoods.com (I’d say a little from column A and a little from column B)

The whole ex boyfriend part has endless interpretations. The closest one I could find was this:

“To dream that your ex-boyfriend is giving you advice about your current relationship suggests that your subconscious is telling you not to repeat the same mistakes that you had made with this ex-boyfriend.”

In conclusion, I’m making mistakes in my relationship, I’m vulnerable and I’m breaking out of my shell. Right? I still like to think it’s because I’m eating too many eggs but there doesn’t seem to be any dream “science” to back that up.

Last night I dreamed that I was given 4 pugs. (YAY. ACTUAL DREAM COME TRUE) Then, I FED ALL OF THE SMALLER PUGS TO THE BIGGEST PUG. (seriously, wtf) After realizing what I had done, I regretted it and considered giving the pug the heimlich or making him vomit to get the rest of the pugs back. Then my alarm went off. I’m really hoping this means I will be showered in pugs for the rest of my life, but something tells me that won’t happen. Here’s what I found.

“To see a pug in your dream highlights your playful and strong character. It may also mean that you are open and receptive to new changes.” (YAY. I like this one)

Then there was the creepy part about feeding pugs to other pugs. I didn’t know how to even go about researching this so I broke it down. Here’s what they say about feeding.

“To dream that you are feeding someone indicates that someone in your life is in need of love and acceptance. That someone could be an aspect of yourself.” (OOooo. deep.)

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about feeding pugs to other pugs. I bet there’s some weird porn about it somewhere. I did find stuff about killing animals, but in my dream killing the pugs was not my intention. It just made sense for the little pugs to be inside the big pug, like a Matroyshka Doll.

“To see a Matryoshka Doll in your dream refers to the many inner components of your persona. There are many layers to your personality that you need to get through in order to unveil what is truly underneath. Perhaps you feel that no one knows the real you or that no one has taken the time to discover all the different sides of you. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for some revelation.”

Soooo I guess I’m a playful, strong person in need of love and NO ONE KNOWS THE REAL ME.

I’d like to say that I’ve learned something from this, but I don’t think I have. I fear that reading too much into my dreams will just worry me, so I’m going to focus on what I do while I’m conscious. Reading into your dreams can be dangerous because there is just too much information. It’s like googling your symptoms. Every time I google symptoms for what is probably a common cold, google tells me I have cancer.

The best part of dreammood.com is that it can tell you what your dream about Princess Diana meant. So, all you weirdos out there, ENJOY!

“To see Princess Diana in your dream indicates that you need to be more compassionate or giving. Alternatively, the image of Princess Diana may signify a loveless relationship and your search for true love.”

Happy dreaming y’all! Don’t forgot to come check me out next time I’m performing. You can tell me about your stupid dreams;)

In-N-Out Burger: The I Love You Story.

Oh man am I ever bad at keeping my website updated!

I’m in California and couldn’t be happier to escape the brutal Canadian winter. This one is a real doozy so far.

1st stop was San Francisco for Sketch Fest and it was such a blast! Great shows, great people, great food and so much drinking. Can we talk about happy hour in America? From 4-7 I am truly so so happy. Cheap Cheap CHEAP! Happy hour hopping along the pier in San Fran is the most fun I’ve had in a while. Who knew that $5 prosecco and $1 oysters could make all your troubles melt away? The only problem with happy hour is that one get’s hammered by 10PM and is in bed by $11. We learned how to pace ourselves as the week went on.

We then drove from San Fran to LA for the next portion of our trip. The highlight for me(other than the beautiful tumble weed) was stopping at In-N-Out burger. Oh buddy I love that place. They do one thing but they do it great. My favourite is a double cheese burger, animal style. For those of you who havent’ had In-N-Out Burger before, do yourselves a favour and march down to California NOW. If that is not an option, go to Burgers Priest in Toronto. Although it’s quite a bit pricier and their burgers are more elaborate, it’s the closest thing I have found to In-N-Out. They ever say that In-N-Out was one of their inspirations!

We arrived in LA on a rainy night(I thought it wasn’t supposed to rain in LA?!) with bellies full of burgers and excitement for the week ahead. Obviously the first thing we did the next morning was go to Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is a grocery store that is like a cheaper, way cooler Whole Foods. Just ask Christina Walkinshaw. She has a major hard on for TJ’s, as most respectable women do. I just needed to buy some fruit and vegetables because I had been cramming my body full of pizza, burgers, beer and chowder for a whole week in San Fran. I found my favourite wine, Ravenswood, for $8. This wine is $18 in Toronto. California is a wino’s dreamland. I would like to reenact the movie Sideways here.

I’m proud to say that I’ve eaten 3 salads since being here and been on 2 hikes. The first one was at Griffith Park. We trudged up sketchy looking trails, ate funky turkey jerky on top of a mountain and tromped over to the observatory. Today we did Runyon Canyon. Lots a cool 20 somethings in technicolor running shoes accompanied by small adorable dogs. This is more of a people watching hike, although it is still hard and made me want to barf for a second. Did I mention I got In-N-Out last night again at 1am? The burger was bouncing around my gullet for the whole hike.

What makes this trip to LA so special(Other than In-N-Out) is the fact that there are SO many Canadians here! I feel like I’m back in Toronto, except the weather is way better and you have to drive everywhere. I’ve been enjoying the sun, the beach, the mountains, the food, the shows, the Canadians and new friends.

I’m staying in a funky neighborhood called Silverlake at an Air Bnb. Our hosts are lovely and they have a beautiful husky named Odin. Now, if you excuse me, I have a dog to pet.



PS: I plan on getting In-N-Out burger several more times before I leave. I need to bulk up and get an extra layer of warmth to survive the remainder of this cold canadian winter!

West Coast Comedy

So, I’ve been back in Toronto a week tomorrow, but I really needed some time to decompress before I wrote this blog.

November 11th I set off to the Seattle International Comedy Competition in GUESS WHERE? Alabama! Just kidding, it was obviously in Seattle. At least I thought it would be be most shows were actually outside of Seattle including Bellingham, Bellevue, Renton, Auburn and Kirkland. Over 1300 comedians applied, and only 32 made it in. Lucky me! From there they split the 32 into 2 groups of 16 for the preliminary round. Six shows over six night. I was in round  2 and only the top 5 from each group would move on to the semis.

I don’t think I was fully prepared for this emotional mind fuck. Comedy competitions are a strange thing because comedy is so subjective. So when you see your set broken down into a series of numbers and decimals on a graph it’s very strange and unsettling. Alas, I was the one who applied to this competition so I new (kinda) what I was getting into.

I won’t go into the details of each night because I feel like I’ve talked it to death with other comedians who were going through the same thing and friends and family back home. I will say that I was was doing extremely well over the 1st 3 nights of the comp. I felt confident in my material and was having fun on stage. I was doing my jokes, the way I like doing them and wasn’t trying to cater to the judges. (because how the heck would I know what they like anyway? we’re not allowed to know who the judges are!)

I took first place at the Market Theatre which was the only actual show in Seattle proper. It also happened to be my birthday that night. It was a magical evening and I’ve never given myself such a wonderful present. I haven’t felt that excited, shocked, happy and proud in a long time. The next night I placed 15th. I went from feeling the biggest high to the biggest low. What happened you ask? I second guessed myself and my material. It was TV clean night, and I have a whole set prepared. Last minute I took some advice(that was truly meant to be helpful) and I ended up switched my set at the final hour! It was 20 minutes before I was about to go on, and here I was trying to jam a whole new set into my head. Jokes I thought the “TV clean” judges would like. I don’t mind the jokes I told. I actually like them and think they’re some of my more well written and clever jokes. However, I usually do them in a longer set after the audience has gotten to know and trust me. Here I was, cramming these jokes into a 5 minute set, worried about going over time. I felt like I had left my body and nervous Julia from 6 years ago came in to tell my jokes.

I know now that I have to trust myself and my instincts. Sometimes I look to others for the answers when I should be looking to myself. Even if I hadn’t done well with my original set, it would have felt a million times better than failing with a set I didn’t even want to do.

That night shook my confidence and while I was happy with the last two shows, I didn’t rank as high with the judges. On the last night I took 14th place which was perhaps the biggest kick in the face of all. I had a great set that night, even after the host went on a told jokes that didn’t go over well and said “well, now that I’ve killed the crowed, give it up for your next comedian Julia Hladkowicz!”. At that point I realized that you can’t base your talent or your worth off of what 3 judges that night think. It was so hard in the moment because I finished 7th overall and was half a point away from making it to top 5 and moving on. There were no female comics in the top 10 which was upsetting because we had some seriously hilarious women in our round.

After feeling sorry for myself, crying a bit and then laughing and drinking a bunch of rum and cokes I realized how lucky I was to even be in this competition competing with so many wonderful comedians. I made some real friendships with people from so many different US cities and even from Australia. I am so proud of my fellow canadian pals that moved onto the semis, and then again to the finals. This competition breaks you, but makes you stronger.

When I didn’t move on, I managed to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Instead of flying back to Toronto I decided to embark on a mini west coast adventure. It was a rewarding and magical experience that I’ll tell you all about in my next blog. Come back in a few days!



Pumpkin Party

It’s fall!

The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and people are packing on the pounds because WHO GIVES A DAMN. I can’t blame my gaining a few pounds on fall though. The past 2 weeks have been filled with JFL42 festivities and the Canadian Comedy Awards in Ottawa. Needless to say I was constantly drinking and eating a lot of cheese. (Because cheese is amazing always, and especially great when you’ve wet your whistle.) By the way, The CCAF was SO much fun. All my comedian pals were dressed to the nines and we celebrated the abundance of talent we have in this country by getting wasted. YAY

I love this time of year because it feels like a new beginning. I start to take on new projects, buy new fall clothes, and eat more fall foods. What are fall foods you ask? Any kind of thing you’d consider comfort food, and anything pumpkin.

Pumpkins are full of vitamins and are delicious is many forms, including pies. Who doesn’t love pie?! Today I’m going to make a pumpkin loaf and tomorrow I think I’ll try a pumpkin smoothie. I know, living on the edge guys. Also, can we talk about the gourds that are jazzing up my dining room table? So cute.

With thanksgiving and halloween coming up, I can’t help but be drawn to colourful oranges, yellows and reds. Also sunflowers are cheaper than regular flowers right now, and a pumpkin lasts as a decorative centrepiece for months, and then you can throw it at your arch nemesis. (JUST KIDDING I LOVE EVERYONE HAAAAAA)

What am I doing when I’m not buying gourds you ask? Oh, just working on my very first screenplay AND sitcom. I know. I haven’t written an episode of a sitcom in 5 years, and now I decide to write a movie and a full sitcom all at the same time. I’ve finally been inspired to write more than just sketch and stand-up again. It’s a different muscle that needs to be developed. I may be slacking at getting real muscles at the gym, but I am pumping my writing muscles and each day getting stronger. It helps to have a good support group of people you can share your writing with or people who will drag you out to a cafe to write so you don’t sit on your ass all day and watch Breaking Bad on UK Netflix. (also, have you SEEN what’s on UK Netflix? So good.)

Pumpkin loaf is cooking as we speak. I used a can pumpkin because it’s much less work than roasting a whole pumpkin AND the flavour of canned pumpkin works better in the loaf in my opinion. It’s pure pumpkin too, not the canned pie filling with sugar and whatnot.

Considering this is a comedy blog I sure do talk about food a lot eh? Perhaps I should tell some pumpkin jokes…

1) tiny pumpkins look like gourds who used proactive AM I RIGHT?
2) why did the pumpkin cross the road? HE DIDN’T SOME ASSHOLE TEENAGER THREW HIM AGAINST HIS WILL.
3) knock knock. who’s there? orange. orange who? orange ya glad I don’t tell pumpkin jokes for a living?

BURN. Speaking of burn, I should check my loaf.

LOAF IS LOOKIN’ GOOOOOD. It’s too hot to taste right now but I’m sure it’ll be divine.

That’s all for now folks. If you took anything away from this blog today, buy something festive. Gourds and pumpkins are cheap and will make you feel so alive. PS SIDE NOTE. Diana Love and I are starting bi-weekly show at The Fountain (Dundas/Dovercourt) called FOUNTAIN ABBEY. It’s going to be a riot and the first show is October 15th at 8PM. SEE YOU THERE!!!



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