Star Awards | Entertainer of the Year
If there is such a phenomenon as a “Blue Chip” Entertainer, André-Philippe Gagnon is it! As an award-winning corporate and special event specialist, Andre-Philippe has the uncanny ability to deliver an impression per minute of fun will leave you gasping for more. The fast-paced delivery with numerous impressions and comedy rolled into one to create a total entertainment experience.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In 1985, André-Philippe Gagnon first acquired his international reputation. He participated for the first time at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs festival with an incredible act, impersonating with accuracy every artist of the song We are the World, the famed song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by USA for Africa. Thanks to the success of his performance at the Just for Laughs festival, Gagnon was invited to present his version of We Are the World on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, reaching an audience of 15 million American viewers.
Following his international success, a first tour in his home province of Quebec was planned for 1986. 21,000 tickets were sold in only 3 hours – an all-time record! That same year Gagnon performed several times throughout the United States, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlantic City. Less then two years after his Tonight Show performance Gagnon participated as a guest, alongside with Lionel Ritchie, on Champs Elysees, the most popular French TV Show, watched by more than 22 million European viewers.
In strong demand across Canada, Gagnon soon embarked on his fourth English Canadian tour, visiting 25 cities in just a few short weeks! Over the period of twelve months, the most recent show had wowed over 250,000 spectators coast to coast. Because his performances were a strong contribution to Canadian culture, Gagnon was asked to host the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala, broadcasted on both French and English CBC in 1994.
In high demand worldwide, the artist divides his time between his tours and private functions at the request of organizations and multinational companies around the globe. Wherever you see him, André-Philippe Gagnon is a definite must see!