From Small Town to Big Screen
Award-winning Writer, Actor, and Producer
Creator of Letterkenny
Jared Keeso is everywhere. He’s the creator and star of Letterkenny, one of the most talked-about shows in Canadian TV history. He’s a rising star in Hollywood, appearing in blockbuster films alongside major celebrities. To the uninitiated, it may seem that Jared appeared overnight—a snap-your-fingers success story. But behind the acclaim lies a decade-long story of perseverance, of grit, of overcoming rejection and ambiguity and fear. In laugh-out-loud talks, Jared shares his journey from small-town hockey player to small and big-screen superstar.
Jared Keeso wrote, produced, and starred in the web series and internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, which boasts over 25 million views on YouTube. Thanks to the immediate success of Letterkenny Problems, Jared scored a development deal with Bell Media. Season three of the series, now titled just Letterkenny, had its broadcast TV debut on CTV, airing directly after Superbowl 51 in February 2017. In 2018, Bell Media placed a massive order for 42 more episodes of Letterkenny.
Jared starred as a series lead in Bravo’s hit show 19-2. He will also appear this year in feature film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan alongside Kit Harrington, Natalie Portman, and Jessica Chastain.
He has been nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards and a total of 17 nominations for both of his series combined (19-2 and Letterkenny) in 2017. Jared has won Best Actor In a Drama at the Gemini Awards, the Canadian Screen Awards and also the Leo Awards.
Jam and Hustle: How Jared Keeso went from Small Town to Big Screen
Growing up in Listowel, Ontario, Jared Keeso knew one thing: hockey is life. But ask Jared now, and he’ll tell you the opposite: hockey isn’t life. Hockey prepares you for life. So many of the lessons Jared learned on the ice and among his small-town community set him up for his illustrious career as an actor and creator—and also provided him with the rich material he needed to launch his own TV series, Letterkenny. In this inspiring, hyper-relatable talk, Jared takes audiences on a journey from small town to big screen. He shares the ups and downs, the mistakes and wins, and the years of struggle to make it big. He reveals how he found his voice in a crowded, unwelcoming industry. He talks about why it’s so important to him to support other artists. And—most importantly—he tells jokes. A lot of jokes.
Jared Keeso is a true Canadian treasure—a super likeable, super down-to-earth guy who just happens to be massively talented. Get to know the warm and generous person behind the creative persona and feel right at home with one of Canada’s biggest stars.
Sure As God’s Got Sandals: Finding Your Creative Voice
Jared Keeso knows a little bit about about creativity. Before he created his hit series Letterkenny, Jared was bouncing from audition to audition, exhausted and uninspired by the grind. But instead of giving up, Jared decided to take matters in his own hands. He got clear on his vision, test-drove jokes and concepts, and finally went from web series to hit cable TV show—all thanks to an insatiable drive to not only create excellent television, but to also create opportunities for the people around him.
In this keynote, Jared talks about the importance of finding and understanding your creative voice. He shares the fundamental values that drive his artistic and business sense. He gives practical advice for reaching audiences online. He talks about adaptability, focus, and vision. He lays a framework for creative inspiration that any audience—from corporate to education and beyond—can learn from. It's a rare talk; one that finds and lights a spark in everyone in the room: “sure as God’s got sandals,” as they say on Letterkenny.
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