Melissa DiMarco

Melissa DiMarco

Toronto, Ontario
Laugh, Learn, and Lead - Entertainment Luminary, Comedy Star, Actress, Award Winning Show Host
Melissa DiMarco, a name synonymous with comedy, is the creative powerhouse behind the enduring success of "Out There with Melissa DiMarco," now celebrating its remarkable 18th season. As a showrunner, head writer, and comedy luminary, Melissa has seamlessly blended humour and wit, earning comparisons to comedy icons like Debra Messing and Tina Fey. Beyond the screen, Melissa's acting repertoire spans from her iconic role as "Ms. H" in "Degrassi: The Next Generation" to compelling performances alongside Hollywood heavyweights. Her accolades include the Outstanding Woman of Television, Films, and Digital Arts award, multiple Creative Excellence awards, and nominations for Canadian Comedy Awards. Renowned not only for her on-screen presence but also her captivating public speaking, Melissa graces prestigious events, seamlessly transitioning from actress to charismatic presenter. Her influential speaking engagements have covered a wide spectrum of high-profile gatherings, from industry awards galas to motivational sessions, firmly establishing her as an entertainment trailblazer with global appeal.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Women's Leadership
  • Business Management
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Celebrity


Melissa DiMarco is the dynamic force and familiar face behind the long-running hit show, “Out There with Melissa DiMarco,” which is now entering its impressive 18th season. As the show’s showrunner, head writer, and comedy star, Melissa has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment journalism, blending humour, wit, and a razor-sharp intellect into a show that’s been compared to the likes of Debra Messing and Tina Fey.

Melissa’s journey in the entertainment industry began long before “Out There” hit the airwaves. Many fans will remember her as the formidable Daphne Hatzilakos, affectionately known as “Ms. H,” in the popular teen drama series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Her portrayal as the no-nonsense principal resonated with audiences for eight seasons and contributed to the show’s syndication in over 150 countries, solidifying her status as a household name.

Beyond “Degrassi,” Melissa’s acting career boasts a diverse range of roles. Her acting appearances in feature films had her playing Pete Rose’s wife, Carol, opposite Tom Sizemore in “Hustle: The Pete Rose Story,” under the direction of legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Melissa also took on a lead role in “No Alibi,” starring alongside Eric Roberts and Dean Cain, and played the female lead in the feature film “Duct Tape Forever,” an adaptation of the beloved Canadian comedy series, “The Red Green Show.”

Her presence extends to the small screen with a starring role in the CBC primetime soap, “Riverdale,” and numerous guest appearances on both U.S. and Canadian series. In the theatre, Melissa has showcased her talent in leading roles in plays like Euripides’ “Medea,” John Pielmeier’s “Agnes of God,” Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor’s “Lovers and Other Strangers,” and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s “Am I Blue.”

Melissa’s achievements extend beyond her acting career. She has received significant recognition in the television and digital arts sectors, including the Outstanding Woman of Television, Films, and Digital Arts award. Her creative excellence has been honoured twice at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles, USA, and she has also earned the prestigious Rockie Award for Comedy & Variety at the Banff World Media Festival. This is in addition to her two nominations in the same category. Melissa’s work has also earned her nominations for the Canadian Comedy Awards in both the Best TV Comedy Show and Best TV Comedy Writing categories.

Melissa’s influence goes beyond her work as a producer and television personality. She has cultivated a dedicated following as an influencer, generating 1.3 million social media impressions monthly and over 1 million monthly views across various platforms. Her audience spans a broad demographic, encompassing men and women aged 25-55, with rich ethnic diversity.

Beyond the screen, Melissa is known for her captivating public speaking skills, making her a sought-after presenter and speaker at high-profile events. Her engagements include the Venetian Ball Charity Event, the Italian Walk of Fame, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards Gala, the Sick Kids Foundation, the Canadian Ethnic Media Awards, the CAMA Music Awards, and motivational sessions for Sheridan College graduates. She was even a panellist at the Banff World Media Conference and a selected speaker at the KPMG Partners Conference.

Melissa’s international appeal and diverse fanbase have also caught the attention of prominent brands, leading to successful brand associations that further highlight her influence in the industry.

In her show, Melissa humorously parodies the world of entertainment journalism, one celebrity at a time, often sharing the screen with A-list stars ranging from George Clooney and Brad Pitt to Michael Sheen and Julia Roberts. Melissa DiMarco is more than just a comedy star; she’s a versatile talent, an industry trailblazer, and a beloved figure who continues to shape the world of entertainment.




Listen Notes

Brad Tatner

Melissa DiMarco on Set with Robin Williams, and Playing Ms. H in Degrassi: The Next Generation

Finding Your Bliss


Repeat: Unsung Heroes

Inside Jokes


Sunday September 17th 2017 - Melissa DiMarco, Jen Kirkman, Gina Yashere & Jackie Pirico

Melissa DiMarco Topic Presentations

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Melissa DiMarco travels from Toronto, Ontario & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


Melissa DiMarco was crucial to our event’s success. Gracious, personable, well-informed, and a first-class comedienne who kept everyone laughing…

Susan Saranchuk

Executive Director
Canadian Society of Cinematographers

Articles & Media

'Be sure to say that my bag is Oscar de la Renta'

The Globe and Mail

"Your shoulder looks good," pronounces Misura marketing manager Christine Faulhaber, dressed in severe black and standing, arms crossed, by a rack of clothing samples in the Misura showroom in downtown Toronto. Melissa DiMarco shakes her streaked blond mane of seventies-style shag-cut hair, shrugs...

How To Stand Out in the Entertainment Industry & Personal Branding Tips With Melissa Dimarco! (#28)

Living The Canadian Dream

I had the opportunity to attend Melissa Dimarco’s Out There VIP Avengers: End Game premiere event at Imagine Cinema’s last week and to top it off I got to sit down with Melissa herself to record a quick podcast! So this week’s podcast is an awesome behind the scenes interview with Melissa...

CTV News


Melissa DiMarco, TV Personality for Out There TV, joins us from Casa Loma in Toronto, where she details how the indoor Christmas market is spreading the holiday cheer.



Out there with Melissa DiMarco


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