Coined one of the best-looking comic actors ever (by his mom), Robert Keller has appeared on TV, film, and stage.
Robert was recently featured on the iChannel stand-up comedy series No Kidding as well as the Food Network's hidden-camera show Giving You The Business. Robert also got big laughs as lead character Ralphie in the virtually sold-out run of Gay Nerds at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival. The play, which has an award-winning companion web series by the same name, garnered rave reviews from critics, including 4 out 5 stars from torontoist.com. Robert also earned a nomination for the prestigious Tim Sims award as one of five finalists selected by a jury of industry members for the 2012 Cream of Comedy showcase at Toronto's legendary Second City Theatre, following a strong performance against 20 other competitors selected for the Fresh Meat show in September 2012 (viewable here).
Robert's first break came in 2007, when he was selected from a crowd of over 1,000 sketch comedians from across Canada to appear as one of eight finalists on the CBC's The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend. He has also been the subject of his own episode of Can’t Get A Date, the VH-1/Logo series that takes a biting, humorous look at the pitfalls of dating in the big city, and he starred in the short film Stacked Deck, a top 10 finalist in the New York round of the international short film competition The 48 Hour Film Project.
Robert frequently performs stand-up in venues all around Toronto, his current homebase, and he recently became a Wednesday-night regular at the downtown Toronto Yuk Yuk's comedy club. His tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating style has made him an audience favourite, and his not-so-secret obsession with Céline Dion has been put to good use through his uncanny impersonation of her, which he has performed at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Fest, as well as at Toronto's award-winning Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Montreal's Théâtre Ste-Catherine, among many other venues. Robert has also been featured on several radio programmes, including segments on CBC Radio One, Radio Canada’s Première Chaîne, and Toronto's Proud FM.
Though known primarily as a comedic performer, Robert has also been featured in a number of dramatic works, both on stage and on screen, including: the A.R. Gurney play Children, alongside Tony-Award winner Judith Light (Ugly Betty) at the 2009 Williamstown Theatre Festival; the dramatic short film Taken; and the award-winning Green Room, an independent TV pilot that was an official selection of the 2009 New York Television Festival.
As a writer, Robert was hired to create comedic material for the current Prime Minster of Canada (who, despite all outward appearances, actually does have a personality and a soul--maybe).
Before following his dream of performing, Robert earned a law degree from McGill University and miraculously got paid to do fancy lawyer stuff in New York for several years. (Mostly, though, he was just surfing the internet.)