Barbara North is an award-winning writer, editor, stand-up comic, and TV and radio presence.
Since graduating from the University of Victoria in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction, English Major, she has worked as a full-time writer, editor, and researcher.
Barbara writes and edits materials of all kinds, from search engine optimized e-newsletters, blogs, websites, and client tweets and Facebook posts, to traditional print materials including communications plans, reports, speeches, briefing notes, key messages, manuals, books, and newspaper and magazine articles. She has also writes corporate videos and creates marketing materials from brochures to print and radio ads, to area guides, TV series, and more.
In the last several years Barbara has developed and implemented social media strategies and managed digital brands for organizations such as the Government of Alberta, the Old Strathcona Business Association (with over 700 businesses as well as major festivals such as the Fringe, Ice On Whyte, and others), the Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association, and other businesses, organizations, and festivals.
Barbara is also a creative writer and has written and starred in several original comedic television shows, including Army Brats, a national CBC TV comedy special based on her big, fat military family, and A Total Write-Off!, a 13 episode comedy-variety series about writers. Barbara also did a stint as a writer-intern on the last season of CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce.
As an award-winning host for live shows and TV series, Barbara not only hosts corporate events, but also creates, produces, and hosts informative talk shows, including her own original one-offs, Journey to the Centre of the Girth and Canada Goes On a Date for CBC’s Centre Stage, as well as 100 Years of Comedy, a comedic retrospective of Edmonton’s entertainment scene over the last century.
Barbara performs stand-up comedy on stages across Canada and was a winner in Yuk Yuks’ Best New Comic Contest. She has appeared on a variety of shows including Just for Laughs, She’s So Funny, and many other national radio and television specials, and has been featured as a culture debater for CTV’s Alberta Primetime. She currently contributes comedic entertainment segments to Shaw TV’s Press 2 Play TV show.
Her one-woman stage comedies include Sex and the Prairies, My Incredibly Screwed-up Sisters, My Bollywood Best Friend’s Wedding, and Everything I DIDN’T Need to Know I Learned in Grade 9. In 2013 she will launch her new comedic monologue, Why Didn’t Oprah Tell Me.
Barbara teaches comedy writing to adults at Grant MacEwan University and teaches writing to kids of all ages each year at YouthWrite Writing Camps. She was a Business Writing instructor at Guru Digital Arts College.
Barbara was the female character announcer for Teletoon for nearly a decade, narrates documentaries, online web training materials, corporate videos, and voices and announcers for video games such as BioWare, TV and radio advertisements, and TV stations including Access the Education Station, Canadian Learning Television and Book Television.