Speed Date with comedian and TikTok star Isabel Kanaan

The executive producer, writer and performer says she wanted to create a sketch comedy show with a different point of view

Co-creator and lead actor of Omni Television’s Abroad, Isabel Kanaan says she aimed to establish a Canadian television show that allowed for a more inclusive concept of what it means to be a Canadian. “A lot of times when we hear of the Canadian audience, we often think just rural Canada or just the audience that they have built for years and years. And that’s great. But I like to challenge that there is another audience out there that you are not tapping into,” says Filipina-Canadian comedian Kanaan. She also talks to Xtra about comedians who are making her laugh these days, like Brandon Ash-Mohammed, the importance of previous collaborations with groups like Pantayo, and her dream Filipino TikTok crossover with influencers and IRL cousins Brentman Rock and Bella Poarch.

Lito Howse (they/them) is a queer and trans/non-binary identified videographer, editor and producer based in Toronto. They previously worked for the CBC where they wrote TV stories, edited and control room produced for News Network. They also produced videos for CBC Radio and wrote web articles for shows like The Current and As It Happens, among other roles. They speak English.

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