Phil Hanley began stand-up comedy by performing at open mics around Vancouver, often in between bands at music venues. In these establishments he discovered and honed his unique blending of material and crowd interaction that makes no two of his performances the same. Phil's style can best be described as unpredictably reflective, delivered with sharp accuracy and rooted in the grand tradition of joke-telling.
Phil's performances at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal brought him international acclaim. His jokes were recognized in the Montreal Gazette's annual "Best Jokes of the Festival." He was also named one of the five comics creating a buzz at the festival by The Hollywood Reporter and rewarded with a featured segment on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Phil's other credits include multiple appearances on the CBC's hit radio show "The Debaters" and he will also be appearing throughout the first season of CBC's "The Debaters" television show. He has also appeared at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Global's Vancouver International Comedy Fest, XFM satellite radio and his own television special on the CTV and Comedy Network -- he also won the "Vancouver's Funniest Comic" competition. One of Phil's most cherished accomplishments is being a credited screenwriter for Don Knotts' final film project.
This is going to prove to be the Year of the Cardigan (Phil has a passion for knit wear) because he is now based in New York and after successfully touring clubs and colleges all over the U.S. he landed his first late-night spot on the "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson.