Candy & Smiley is relevant, realistic, and at times — ridiculous. Comprised of stories about Ed’s life and relationship with his parents, the special explores the intricacies and intimacies of a first generation Taiwanese-Canadian family. Candy & Smiley is a unique and hilarious journey. It is a close examination of the Asian-immigrant experience, a genuine reflection on the meaning of family, and an honest observation on the cultural identity of a new generation
Originally from Taiwan, Ed is an award winning comic who moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, thinking he was on vacation at his father’s discretion. Since then, Ed has performed all over the world. He was voted “Best Vancouver Comedian of 2016” by Vancouver Courier Magazine, and “Best Vancouver Comedian of 2015” by Vancouver Courier Magazine and The Georgia Straight, and named “Comic to Watch” in 2018 by Reader’s Digest Magazine and in 2015 by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. He has also appeared on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Laughs on FOX, TED talks, Bite TV’s Stand up & Bite Me, and XM Radio’s Laugh Attack. He was also invited to perform at the Just For Laughs Northwest Comedy Festival, Comedy Masala in Singapore, Live Comedy Club in Taiwan, the Hong Kong Comedy Festival, NXNE, San Francisco Comedy Festival, and many more. Ed’s tweets have also been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, DOSE, and Distractify.
“This comedy special is a tribute not only to my parents, Candy and Smiley, but also to every immigrant family who may have left their familiar yesterdays in search of a better tomorrow. My parents are first generation immigrants, and between my parents and I, there was struggle, but there was also magic. The stories in this comedy special are those moments, and I hope they make you smile.” said Ed Hill.
“Ed’s brand of comedy is relatable, wholesome and hilarious. We’re excited to be releasing his debut comedy special!” said Brian Volk-Weiss, Founder and CEO of Comedy Dynamics.About Comedy Dynamics Founded by Brian Volk-Weiss, Comedy Dynamics, a Nacelle company, is the largest independent comedy production and distribution company. The company has produced Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron, The Movies That Made Us, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, Behind The Attraction for Disney +, Sony’s Mad About You reboot, Netflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History, Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape, The CW’s Discontinued, All The Way Black for BET+, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, the scripted comedy on Hulu There’s… Johnny!, History’s Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2’s Wild ’N On Tour, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and more. Comedy Dynamics began releasing original films in theaters and released the acclaimed independent film Slut in a Good Way in Spring of 2019. In 2017 the Comedy Dynamics Network (CDN) launched and currently distributes specials, television shows and films to all major transactional platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, PlayStation, Xbox and most major telco & satellite providers, including AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Dish, and Verizon. The company has worked with a wide range of established and emerging comedic talent including Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Pete Davidson, David Cross, and many more. The company was nominated for an NAACP Spirit Award in 2019 for Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. 17 Comedy Dynamics releases have been Grammy-nominated (with four wins), including all 5 in the Comedy Album category for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.