Humour Me was inspired by the comedic journey I experienced as the CEO of a mutual fund company learning the craft of stand-up, coupled with the fundraising angle of Dancing with the Stars. Over the years I have called in every favour and IOU convincing some of Canada’s finest business leaders to perform a short stand-up routine to raise money for charity. I must salute all our contestants as they are each celebrated in their field and worthy of a night of recognition and awards. Instead they put themselves on the line to compete in a comedy contest to help those less fortunate. It is a courageous and admirable deed. It’s also a lot of fun.
Following the comedy challenge a headliner takes the stage for the second half of the show. In previous years we have had Howie Mandel, Gary Gulman, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey and Jim Gaffigan headline the evening. We have also had guest hosts including Sonia Benezra, Shaun Majumder, Ben Mulroney, Jessica Holmes, Sugar Sammy, Seán Cullen, Dave Foley, Seth Meyers, Steve Patterson and Gerry Dee.
We have raised over $14 million for some extraordinary groups who are working hard to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians. Special thanks go out to our sponsors from me and the entire team. Humour Me would not be possible without their generosity. Or yours … thank you!
See you at our next show!
Founder & CEO
David Goodman, B. Comm, JD (Cum Laude), CFA
Founder & CEO
Mr. Goodman left an early career as a litigator in 1994 to become a Partner, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at the investment management firm behind Dynamic Funds. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Funds in 2001 and of DundeeWealth, Dynamic’s public company parent, in 2007. Under Mr. Goodman’s leadership, the firm became one of Canada’s best performing and fastest growing investment managers, was recognized as Fund Company of the Year a record seven times at the Canadian Investment Awards and received more Lipper Awards than any other firm in Canada, while growing assets under management from $5 billion to approximately $50 billion, until its ultimate sale to Scotiabank in 2011.
In the past Mr. Goodman was a member of the boards of DundeeWealth, Repadre CapitaCorporation, Dundee Corporation, SickKids Foundation and a trustee of the Dundee REIT. Mr. Goodman was previously the head of Global Asset Management for the Bank of Nova Scotia and CEO of Dundee Corporation. Mr. Goodman is currently a stand-up comedian affiliated with Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Clubs. Mr. Goodman’s passion for performing stand-up comedy extends into his philanthropic activities. Mr. Goodman is the founder of Humour Me which has to date raised more than $14 million in support of some very deserving causes.