General Spanky, otherwise known as comedian Ian Andrew Morrison lives in Regina Saskatchewan Canada and has been doing standup comedy since the age of thirteen. He is a graduate of the Humber College School of Comedy Writing and Performance in Toronto, Ontario and has performed in various venues during his time as a comedian. These venues include such famous Canadian comedy clubs as Yuk Yuk’s and The Laugh Stop.
Ian is also a published writer and a professional musician. He is the founder and facilitator of a nonprofit organization entitled “Healing Through Humour,” a group that teaches people living with mental illness or mental health issues the art of comedy writing and performance. The Healing through humour course has also been turned into a case study which is available to marketing students at Universities in Japan as well as Harvard in Boston Massachusetts.
Ian wrote and directed his first independent film in 2013 and his second project in 2014. Ian has also been a professional actor since the age of thirteen and received a great deal of his training and education through a theater group in his home town of Regina. He has appeared as an extra in multiple productions throughout his teen years as well as a principle role in the movie Painted Angels in 1996.
Ian is also a graduate of the Western Academy Broadcasting College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has worked as an on air radio personality. Ian’s former comedic punk band L.G.T. has been asked to include their recordings in Ottawa Ontario’s Archives of Canada as an example of independent art produced by Canadians.
He has also received an award by the Canadian Mental Health Association of Saskatchewan for his work with comedy and mental illness; and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Regina, as well as a speaker at the 2014 improvisation symposium concerning mental health and improvisation.
He has also appeared on multiple television and radio programs on the Canadian broadcasting corporation as well as other programs within the province of Saskatchewan.
Ian continues to live and work in Regina and plans to keep gaining exposure for his comedy and nonprofit organization “Healing through Humour.”