Leland Klassen, recognized as Canada’s premier clean comedian, decided early on that he would not compromise his act to go for cheap, easy, shock humor. As a result, Leland carved out quite the niche for himself in the world of comedy. Leland was a finalist in the search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic in 1997 and gave two appearances in the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, where he was named runner-up for Canada’s Homegrown Comic Competition. His critical acclaim opened doors for Leland not only to headline clubs across Canada and the United States, but also to begin to showcase his talent on television and radio. Leland was a regular on the syndicated radio show Pure Comedy Radio as well as featured twice on CBC radio’s Madly Off in All Directions. Leland also hosted and produced two television shows in the Vancouver market as well as appeared on numerous other programs across the United States and Canada on CBC television, YTV, Star TV, Global and Discovery Kids, as well as the nationally syndicated clean-comedy program Bananas. And just like his stand-up career, Leland was recognized for excellence in the television world as well, receiving the BCAB 2002 Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow award for his comedic work.
Leland draws his outrageous physical humor from family life, the foibles found in everyday situations and a unique personal upbringing. But along his career path, Leland realized that he had been given a great platform to speak to audiences both on and offstage about his experiences and relationship with Christ. Whether he is sharing his testimony or weaving the Gospel through his hilarious act, Leland has the ability to do so in a comfortable, non-threatening manner that is perfect for outreach events. He is never afraid to be a Christian in the comedy world, because he has taken his act to a new level—a level where all barriers are eliminated.
"Leland Klassen was a blast to have at our event. When he arrived, he took in our school’s afternoon hockey game and hung out after the banquet to meet and talk with our guests and students. He was so down-to-earth and easy to work with. On stage he was hilarious! Our students were talking about his routine for weeks following the event. Guaranteed to make you laugh without having to descend to a questionable level. Clean and funny are not two words that accurately describe comedians these days! Leland stands out as one who embodies both these terms." - Director of Development, Prairie Christian Academy