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Rick Wharton - Actor, Comedian, Radio Host, Producer, Instructor
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Rick Wharton—actor, comedian, writer, producer.
There are two things Rick Wharton loves: show and biz.
Wharton’s own history in the music and entertainment industry is a unique one. A music industry exec for Universal Music (he promoted highly acclaimed acts including U2, Guns n Roses, The Who, Aerosmith, BB King) - who turned Second City stage actor, who then went from stage to television as the highly recognizable character and cult fave The Conspiracy Guy and as a notable producer and host of live events in music, comedy and theatre makes him one of Canada’s most eclectic and well connected producers and performers.
Rick was a co-founder of the popular cult comedy troupe Plead the Fifth. In the 90’s Rick was asked to audition for Toronto’s Second City, where he performed with both the touring and mainstage companies for two solid years. He then started his own monthly comedy show at the Laugh Resort in Toronto, Rick’s Improv Café. The successful strictly improvisational show drew large audiences and rave reviews. Rick’s Improv Café had a 4 year run and is considered “one of Toronto’s best improv shows.” By bringing together players in new and untested combinations, Wharton “gives each show an extra jolt of crackling unpredictability that heightened the wit and vitality of the skits.” (Toronto Star)
Wharton’s talents as a producer flourished with live shows and his highly acclaimed benefit to fight AIDS—Yo Adrian, a yearly variety show featuring top Canadian celebrities, musicians, and comedians which raised over $50,000 for an AIDS hospice.
Rick also performs for theatre, television, film and commercials and hundreds of corporate events.
Rick excels in voice work and has been featured on many radio spots.
Wharton enjoyed a 4 year run on Canada’s SPACE: The Imagination Station Channel for his character The Conspiracy Guy and remains a widely popular and recognizable character across Canada. For his performance in The Conspiracy Guy Rick was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Performance in a television category. He has performed in dozens of television commercials including UPS, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Ford, Cheerios and more. Rick has appeared in both dramatic and comedic television roles and in film, and has received accolades for his stage roles in various theatre festivals.
As a live event host, Rick is a natural. He has hosted events too numerous to mention. Currently, Rick produces, performs and tours with his variety show The Canadian Comic Witness Protection Program for both public and private corporate audiences and was recently nominated for another Canadian Comedy Award for the category Best Male Improvisor. The show blends a a revolving cast of Canada’s top comedic actors for an evening of improv, standup, sketch and musical comedy. “Wharton’s rotating casts of fellow alumni and others are reminiscent of those imaginary all-star teams of ex Toronto Blue Jays that bitter fans assemble in their heads.” (Toronto Sun)
For the past six years, Rick has devoted much of his time to transforming Festival Hall in Pembroke, Ontario to Festival Hall Centre for the Erforming Arts. From small community theatre to a well respected live performance centre, Festival Hall is in high demand by artists and promoters and hosts several local arts groups. Visit www.festhall.ca for more information.
Rick also works with schools and military families with his brainchild Shenanigans, a program designed to use improvisation and comedy to promote communication and self esteem.
Rick is available for film, television, radio, theatre and corporate hosting or performance.