Raised on a farm in the heart of Canada, Leland quickly learned that shovelling manure and weeding potatoes, although lucrative, wasn’t his passion in life. So with absolutely no clear direction or vision for his future he did what everyone does when they find themselves in that position – he went to University. He wisely chose his classes based on whichever cute girl happened to catch his attention and after several short years of last minute cramming and late assignments Leland graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Anthropology.
As you might have guessed, Leland’s university education opened many doors for him in the years to come, but for some reason he was dissatisfied working for a courier as a night shift stock boy. By this time married and with his first child soon on the way the most responsible and obvious choice was, of course, to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Starting off at amateur nights and seedy bars Leland decided right from the beginning that he would remain clean despite what everyone else was doing and as a result over the last 16 years Leland has become recognized as Canada’s premier clean comedian. With his unique intelligence and wit Leland has carved out quite a niche for himself in the world of entertainment. Using his farm boy charm and handsome (although somewhat inbred) Mennonite good looks, Leland’s clever observations and rich life experiences are brought to life in a one of a kind show.
Halifax Comedy Fest 2014
Just for Laughs in Montreal, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2014
Host of Popcorn TV
Featured on Thou Shalt Laugh 5
Host of Comedy Tournament
Co-Host GMA Canada 2009, 2012 and 2013
Promise Keepers Canada
Episode of the US syndicated comedy series “Bananas”
Two of his own television series’ on the West Coast,
as well as Appeared on numerous other programs
across the United States and Canada, such as
Comedy Network, CBC Television, YTV, Star TV, Global and Discovery Kids
And just like his stand-up career Leland was recognized for excellence in the television world, receiving the BCAB 2002 Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow award for his comedic work as host of Retro on NOW TV in Vancouver.