Born in Germany, lived in Japan until age ten, then moved to Iowa. Nothing about Kahlil Ashanti’s life makes sense.
He joined the US Air Force to escape an abused childhood, hoping to become an architect, but this led him to a gig as a performer, dancer and comic with Tops In Blue, an active duty performance troupe tasked by the US State Department to perform in war zones to boost troop morale. Five world tours and many failures later, he was performing six nights a week as a magician in Japanese at Caesar’s Magical Empire, Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas. Then, he took an acting class from Jeffrey Tambor which inspired him to write his one man show called Basic Training. After taking Basic Training around the world and then to Broadway with Hollywood producer Barry Josephson (Men In Black, Bones, Air Force One, Bad Boys, Enchanted), Kahlil moved to Vancouver where he’s now a husband and father.
He often teaches, sharing his entrepreneurial insights and pitching skills at tech incubators like Institute B, GrowLabs and Launch Academy.