In November 2016, Brian was named "Best Standup Comic" at the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards.
In February 2017, Brian's solo show "Big In Asia" was nominated for "Best Comedy" at Fringe World in Perth, Australia.
Based on a bet made back in 2005, Newfoundland native and then English teacher Brian Aylward stepped on stage for the first time at a rowdy expatriate bar in Anyang, South Korea. Aylward went on to pioneer the active English stand-up comedy scene in South Korea, officially establishing Stand Up Seoul in 2009 and turning the country into a legitimate destination on the international comedy circuit.
Aylward performed hundreds of shows across Asia, taking his own brand of humour to the likes of Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, India, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and even Myanmar. Upon returning to his native Canada in 2010, Brian went on to become the twice finalist in SiriusXM Radio's "Canada's Top Comic" (2011/2013), a national headliner with Canada’s Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs, and performed theatre tours across Newfoundland.
Brian has performed at many festivals around the world, including Just For Laughs 42, Halifax Comedy Fest, Hong Kong International Comedy Festival and the Masala Mayhem Comedy Festival in Hyderabad, India. He has also appeared multiple times on CBC's The Debaters.
With an enormous presence and a consummate love for making people laugh, Aylward details his deepest frustrations with the world through his razor-sharp routines and huge sack of ridiculous stories from his travels around the world. Brian's memorable live performances are not to be missed!
Aylward is an (unofficial ) comedy world record holder, after performing 21 different 10 minute sets in 10 hours at the Haebangchon Festival in Seoul, South Korea. (2014)