Comedian Rocky Snell.

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The Snell of success

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By Robert Mackenzie

After months of Ryerson gigs, comedian Rocky Snell is gaining international recognition.

The Toronto stand-up announced on Tuesday that he will be performing throughout the Netherlands over the next two months in his What the Dutch? tour.

Snell made a name for himself last fall when he began performing 15-minute sets to warm up Ryerson podiatrics professor Megan Bortosky’s lectures.

“Once Rocky began performing for my classes we always had full attendance,” Bortosky said. “It’s no surprise to me that he’s getting this well-earned opportunity.”

Fabian Bickman, a programming director at Hulu, caught wind of Snell’s debut special, What’s That Snell?, after it skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes album charts shortly after it’s release last fall.

Hulu has since bought the streaming rights to the special and will be sponsoring the upcoming tour.

According to Snell, by the end of the tour he is hoping to release his second album, Something Snells Good!, built on material from his time at Ryerson and abroad.

“This is a great opportunity and I hope to get an international audience familiar with my brand of humour,” Snell said.

The comedian will be joined on his tour by opening acts Wendy Cross and musician Tummy Laurent. His first performance will be February 4, at the Stadsschouwburg theatre in Amsterdam.

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