John has been performing stand-up since 2006. He has won the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival Homegrown Comedy Competition, has been called “one to watch” by the Comedy Network; and was the only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition. On top of that he was the youngest comedian to appear at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011.
In 2012 John won the COCA Comedian of the Year award and moved to London. In 2013, he was chosen to be part of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve Showcase at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. Since then, John has been performing on the comedy circuit and at festivals across the globe.
His 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, Marked from the Start, was nominated for the Amused Moose Best Show Award and his 2014 show, Adventure, saw him selected to perform as part of the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe across the Australian festival circuit.
John continues to be popular with critics and audiences at festivals and clubs not only in Australia (where he was nominated for the Martin Sims Award for Best Comedy Show at the Perth Fringe World Festival), but throughout the world.
“This fast growing comic is a pleasure to watch.” ★★★★ Times
“Hastings’ bold dramatic delivery is what really stands out when he is hammering a point home.” ★★★★★ The Mirror
“Well crafted show.” ★★★★ Herald
“This charming, lovable comic is truly engaging and well worth checking out.” ★★★★ Three Weeks
“He unapologetically cajoled us into loving him, which is most un-Canadian…a well crafted hour of comedy that will keep you holding your sides throughout.” ★★★★ Arts Award Voice