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What People Are Saying About Robert
"Very funny and charming." -- Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall, NBC's Hannibal), Nov. 2013
"Robert Keller, nominated for a Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award last year, makes an amiable host... His Celine Dion impression remains very clever...." -- Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine (online) (June 28, 2013)
"Robert Keller['s] Quebecois French helps him give the greatest Celine Dion impression ever...." -- Fawzia Mirza, Chicago Reader (May 2, 2013)
"Robert Keller earns audience sympathies as Ralphie [in Gay Nerds]...." -- Chris Dart, Torontoist (July 12, 2012)
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THE GREAT DIVIDE Receives Another Accolade
October 25, 2018
I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to announce that my comedy pilot has been selected as a Quarter-Finalist in the “TV Pilot - 1/2 Hour” category of the 2018 Shore Scripts screenwriting competition—placing it in the top 10% of over 500 submissions in this category this year! (You can find the full list of Quarter-Finalists by clicking here.)
THE GREAT DIVIDE Selected as a Scriptapalooza Semifinalist
August 10, 2018
The pilot script for my single-camera half-hour comedy THE GREAT DIVIDE was selected today as one of 5 Semifinalists in the Scriptapalooza TV screenwriting competition—placing it in the top 3% of the 405 pilot scripts submitted! For more info, check out the Scriptapalooza website here.
Jung & Crazy Receives a Staged Reading in L.A.
June 26, 2018
My first play, Jung & Crazy, is having another staged reading--this time in Hollywood, baby! And we got a shout-out today on BrowadwayWorld.com! The reading will take place on Friday, June 29 at the Davidson/Valentini Theatre of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. So many brilliant and talented people are dedicating their precious time and energy to this project, including (pictured L. to R. below): Collette Wolfe (A.P. Bio, You're the Worst); Brad Griffith (Curb Your Enthusiasm); and Kirstin Kluver (Transparent). Plus me! It will be directed once again by the amazing Christopher Erlendson. I couldn't be more humbled or grateful.
My First Play Presented at a Staged Reading in NYC
May 31, 2018
Chris Erlendson directed a staged reading of my first play, Jung & Crazy, a new comedy about dealing with anxiety and love--with a little help from the ghost of Carl Jung. This reading, which was the world premiere of the full-length version of the play, following workshops of an earlier, shorter version in NYC and Toronto, took place at the famed Ripley-Grier Studios, and we had a couple of Tony Award-winning producers in the audience (not to mention a few future Tony Award winners, if my intuition is correct!). The performance featured Phillip Taratula, Stephanie Linas (pictured second from left), James Rich (pictured second from right), Denis Ooi, Julie Reifers (pictured on the far right), and me! Stay tuned for more developments on this exciting new project--or better yet, follow me on Twitter (@TheRobertKeller)!
My New L.A. Reps: Brand Talent
July 28, 2017
So excited to announce that I have signed with my first L.A.-area agency: Brand Models and Talent! Founded in 1986 by Patty Brand, Brand Models and Talent is a SAG-franchised agency that represents models and actors from around the world.
My Network TV Debut: Beauty and the Beast
September 19, 2016
My first appearance on network series TV--on the CW's hit show Beauty and the Beast--aired this past week! I played Jamie, Cat's lawyer, in the series finale episode (S4 Ep 13), which premiered in the U.S. on the CW network on Thursday, September 15, and in Canada, on the Showcase network, on Sunday, September 18. (Of course, in my first major TV series acting gig, I'd be playing a lawyer--RIGHT?!) In case you missed it--and assuming you are in the United States (or have access to the U.S. version of Netflix)--you can now stream my episode (and all episodes of Beauty and the Beast) on Netflix. (My scene begins at 13 minutes and 4 seconds into the episode.) Stay tuned for news on how to watch my episode in Canada and elsewhere in the near future...
My Spanish-Language Comedy Debut
Apr. 18, 2016
Last night, at the downtown Toronto Yuk Yuk's comedy club, I joined headliner Martha Chaves for the first edition of "Noche de Comedia", where I performed stand-up in Spanish for the first time ever! Qué divertido! Check out the glowing review that the show received here.
My Latest Comedy Short, "Girl (Problems) Interrupted", Is Live
Mar 24, 2016
These days, we just can't seem to put down our phones, even when we really, REALLY know we should. Because Instagram. So Alona Metzer and I wrote a sketch about it! "Girl (Problems) Interrupted" is a digital comedy short about our collective smartphone addiction. With apologies to Jai Rodriguez! Check it out here. And make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates on some new comedy videos coming soon!
"The Producers 2" Makes Some Waves
Mar. 3, 2016
A comedy video that I co-starred in, which was released in early February, seemed eerily close to a video put out by "Jimmy Kimmel Live", and the Toronto press picked up on the controversy! Check out today's articles in the Toronto Star and the National Post, and then watch the video by clicking here!
My First Comedy Short is Now Live!
April 28, 2015
"The Breakup", a comedy short I wrote, produced, co-directed and star in--alongside the insanely talented (and dangerously handsome) Champagne twins (Jon and Jamie Champagne, the new co-hosts of Teletoon's Double Play)--is now live on on my freshly revamped YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/RobertKellerComedy. If you like the video, please share the link (https://youtu.be/0pNZW9fSlrs)! (And if you hate it, please let that be our little secret, k?) And stay tuned for another comedy short coming very soon! (In fact, why not subscribe to my YouTube channel right now, and you'll be guaranteed not to miss the next video or any future videos I release!)
Just us MEME GIRLS--in Ottawa!
February 11, 2015
I'm heading to Ottawa to MC Meme Girls on March 7th! If you are in Ottawa, do not miss this show, which features headliner Aparna Nancherla (Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, Conan), all the way from New York City! For more info, click here.
My Cameo in the Funny or Die Series NO KIDDING
March 9, 2014
I had the good fortune to be a part of Episode 1 of NO KIDDING, the new hit Funny or Die web series starring Drew Droege, Justin Martinadle, and Jason Looney that pokes fun HBO's Looking. I play Rude Boy's Friend. (Obvs.) Enjoy the episode by clicking here. And check out this hilarious GIF of my reaction to Drew Droege slapping my friend!
Gay Nerds Gets Some Love from the U.S.A.
February 12, 2014
The award-winning web series I star in, Gay Nerds, is now an Official Selection of the 2014 LAwebfest! Screenings will take place at the Radisson LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA during the last week of March. For more details, check out www.lawebfest.com. We also received another Indie Series Award nomination (for Best Production Design -- Natasha Diak)! The awards ceremony will be held at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, hosted by General Hospital star Carolyn Hennesy. For details, check out www.indieseriesawards.com. And the series got a great big shout out from The Advocate, the premiere American LGBT magazine, as part of a Top 10 list featured in the January 17, 2014 edition of "Hot Sheet", their distinctive arts & entertainment blog. (We were number 8, to HBO Looking's number 1, which means: I'm coming for you--and your guns--Jonathan Groff!)
The First Ever Toronto Edition of Laugh Out Proud Is Happening June 27, 28, and 29!
June 5, 2013
It's official! The first ever weekend of Pride shows at the downtown Toronto Yuk Yuk's, aptly entitled Laugh Out Proud, is happening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 27, 28, and 29, 2013, and I'll be the MC! Our headliner is the explosively funny Jessica Kirson (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC's The View, Last Comic Standing), and we'll also be featuring several of the top queer comics in Canada as featured and surprise guests! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online through www.yukyuks.com or by calling the Yuk Yuk's box office at (416) 967-6431. And in the spirit of Pride, $1 of each ticket will be donated to the 519 Church Street Community Centre, which is where Mark Breslin began Yuk Yuk's way back in 1976 (when disco was a "thing"). Show time is 8 pm each night. For a sneak peek, check out our promo video by clicking here!
Off Key Comedy Is Profiled in the Torontoist
May 23, 2013
The new monthly musical comedy show that I co-host at the Comedy Bar on the 4th Thursday of each month with the fabulous Rush Zilla, Off Key Comedy, got its first press coverage today, courtesy of news and culture website, the Torontoist, which quoted me as saying: “This is definitely not your grandpa’s musical comedy." (Love it!) To read the full article, click here.
Gay Nerds Minisode #3 Launches
March 9, 2013
Minisode #3 just DROPPED, y'all! We're giving the old Brat Pack a run for their money this time around! (And my girl Morgan Joy is bringing some teary-eyed Molly Ringwald REALNESS!) Check out the new minisode below, and then cast your vote for your FAVE of the 3 minisodes via our Facebook poll by clicking here. The one that gets the most votes will get its own full webisode! (P.S. If you haven't yet seen Minisodes #1 and #2, check them out on our YouTube channel by clicking here. And while you're at, why not go ahead and subsrcibe to our YouTube channel? GOOOOO.... Gay Nerds!)
Gay Nerds Wins an Indie Soap Award
February 20, 2013
The 4th annual Indie Soap Awards, which "celebrate the best in independently produced, scripted and serialized entertainment created for the Web," took place at New World Stages in New York City last night, and the web series I star in, Gay Nerds, beat out five other nominees to take home the award for "Best Opening Sequence (All Shows)"! We are now officially the "award-winning web series, Gay Nerds"! (And who knows what Season 2 may bring...)
The First Gay Nerds Minisode Has Dropped, Y'all!
February 17, 2013
Holy silence of the lamb shanks, you guys! I am so excited to let you know about the first of 3 new "minisode" teasers from the hit web series Gay Nerds! (I think you'll agree that I'm totally bringing utterly-confused-and-might-be-a-lesbian-but-then-again-maybe-not-Jodie-Foster realness here!) Stay tuned for the next 2 minisodes, and then vote for your favourite on Twitter or Facebook! The one with the most votes will get a full episode in the upcoming season of the series. #gaylambs
Mark Your Calendars for March 28, 2013
January 21, 2013
Can't say too much yet, but keep your evening free on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8 pm because I am working on a very special new monthly show that will premiere that night at Toronto's Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W., just west of Ossington), which will combine comedy and music all in one! (It's kind of like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of shows!) This is going to be an evening of sheer musical comedy joy that you won't want to miss! Stay tuned for details.
Just in Time for Christmas, it's "Christmas Baby"! (With Apologies to Carly Rae Jepsen)
December 24, 2012
Check out my début as a recording artist on the hot new Christmas parody single, "Christmas Baby" (sung to the tune of "Call Me Maybe" and featuring lyrics and vocals by Heidi Brander and me)! Just in time for the big day, this super-dope track--which tells the magical story of the birth of the little baby Jesus--is sure to warm your cockles! (I also predict it's going to tear up the Billboard charts in 2013.) To hear the song, click here.
Kosher Jokes Sells Out and Ben Mulroney Shouts Out
December 3, 2012
What a night last night was! I was so honoured to be a part of the Toronto edition of the third annual Kosher Jokes for the Haladays--a stand-up comedy show touring 3 cities (Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal) that brings together Jewish and Muslim comics for a night of collective laughter and celebration. The brain-child of Jess Salomon and Eman, this unique show stopped in Hogtown at the Lower Ossington Theatre last night and completely sold out! (They even had to add chairs at the back of the room--and then it was standing room only--just like Cats!) The show even got a nod from the Toronto Star as well as BlogTO, but perhaps my favourite shout-out was from Ben Mulroney, star of CTV's eTalk, who was in the audience last night and who tweeted this morning that last night's show was (and I quote) "absolutely hysterical: top to bottom, a great line-up of comedians!" Well said, Ben, well said. (Below is my blurry pic with him and his lovely wife, Jessica, post-show.)
My Interview with Richard Ryder on Toronto's Proud FM 103.9
October 22, 2012
To listen to this interview, which aired today on Toronto's Proud FM 103.9, scroll to the bottom of my "Press" page, which you can view by clicking here.
My Tim Sims Award Nomination
October 16, 2012
It's official: I am now a nominee (finalist) for the 2012 Tim Sims Award! On September 10, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to perform for a packed house at the Toronto Second City Theatre alongside 20 of the most promising new comedic acts in Toronto in a prestigious showcase known as Fresh Meat. (You can watch my performance by clicking here.) Following that, the jury narrowed the field down to five finalists—and it turns out, I am one of them! The four other finalists and I will be performing in a final showcase, known as the Cream of Comedy, on October 29! The show will be hosted by the hilarious and multi-Canadian-Comedy-Award-winning Kristeen von Hagen (Just for Laughs, SHOWTIME, Comedy Central), and the winner—who will receive a $5,000 cash prize—will be announced at the end of the show! DRAMA!
Episode 103 of Gay Nerds
September 19, 2012
This episode features an actual hydraulic lift. (Don't ask what the producers had to do to make that happen on their shoe-string budget...) All I can say is: I hope Sigourney Weaver is watching.
Episode 102 of Gay Nerds
July 23, 2012
Can you guess which classic early 90's movie we are parodying in this episode? I'll give you a hint: Michelle Pfeiffer in a black patent leather onesie. Enjoy.
Episode 101 of Gay Nerds the webseries has launched
June 22, 2012
After months of hard work and anticipation, the first episode of Gay Nerds, a new comedic web series in which I play one of the leads, has finally hit the interwebs! I think it is hilarious and quite original. (But I'm a tad biased, obvs!) Please check it out and, if you like it, share it! Also, come see us perform Gay Nerds (the play) live on stage at the Toronto Fringe Festival between July 4 and July 14. I can assure you that the play is completely different than the web series, and full of fun surprises. More information about our Fringe show is available here, and tickets may be purchased online here. And stay tuned for Episode 2 coming soon to www.gaynerds.tv!
My Set at Absolute Comedy Toronto
April 14, 2012
I got the chance to perform this past week at the popular Absolute Comedy Club in Toronto, and the audience was awesome! You can watch my set here. Rate it and leave me comments, please! (No seriously. I need your love. I have very low self-esteem. K, thanks, BYE!)
My First Dramatic Film Is Launched
March 26, 2012
I had the great privilege of being cast as the lead in a dramatic short film entitled Taken, which was shot on location near Cambridge, Ontario in November 2011. Post-production on the film was recently completed, and you can watch the final cut here:
On-Camera Hosting for Canada Business Ontario
January 13, 2012
Canada Business Ontario, a joint agency of the federal and Ontario governments that helps entrepreneurs start and expand small businesses, recently released a series of promotional videos, co-hosted by me, in both English and French. To check them out, click here (for English) or ici (for Français).
My First Lead in A Dramatic Short: Taken
November 13, 2011
On November 11, 12, and 13, 2011, I was on location shooting a new dramatic short film, tentatively entitled Taken, in the Cambridge, Ontario area, about 2 hours west of Toronto. It's a psychological thriller in which I play a man who is on the edge after he learns of a crushing betrayal by his wife; when he decides to right the wrong by taking the law into his own hands, tragic results soon follow. For pictures from the set, click on the new Taken gallery here.
My Debut at the Atlantic Theatre Company
This past October, I was featured in Ice Cream (Anti-)Social, an evening of one-act plays, including pieces by Christopher Durang, Mary Gallagher, and Howard Korder, presented by the Conservatory Class of 2010 of the Atlantic Acting School, at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York.
Fashion Can Be a B%$#!
In May 2009, I taped a pilot for a new independently-produced dramatic TV series entitled Green Room, which takes you behind the scenes at a bustling NYC fashion sales agency. I play Phillip, the irascible and eccentric fashion publicist. Our pilot has was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the Independent Pilot Competition of the 2009 New York Television Festival. (So look out Ugly Betty!) Viewing events took place in late September 2009 in Midtown Manhattan. (Click here for pics.) For more details, visit www.nytvf.com. And you can watch the trailer here:
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