- The top eight comedians across Canada have been chosen by the country to
move on to Finale
- One finalist will win Top Comic title and $15,000 at JFL42 and ALL
finalists will open for comedy superstar Russell Peters in cross-Canada
TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today
announced the eight finalists in the 5th annual SiriusXM's Top Comic competition. Finalists will face off for a $15,000 grand prize at the
Finale on September 25th, headlined by comedian Jon Dore, as part of Just For Laughs' JFL42
Festival in Toronto. Each finalist has also been given the opportunity
to perform an opening set for international comedy sensation Russell
Peters in each city during the Canadian leg of Peters' Almost Famous
After scouring the country to hold auditions with Canada's funniest
comedians in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal and St. John's earlier this summer, SiriusXM judged and
selected three semi-finalists from each city. Canadians then voted
online for their favourite in each city, with those eight comedians now
moving on to the Finale to perform before a panel of celebrity judges
and comedy insiders who will award one with $15,000.
The 2014 SiriusXM's Top Comic finalists are:
Vancouver - Darcy Michael
Edmonton - Dan Taylor
Winnipeg - Chantel Marostica
Hamilton - Tom O'Donnell
Toronto - Pat Thornton
Ottawa - Adrian Cronk
Montreal - Faisal Butt
St. John's - Steve Coombs
Each finalists will also join Canada's number one comedy export Russell
Peters on his new Almost Famous Tour, presented by SiriusXM Canada, by
opening for Peters in sold-out arenas and venues across the country
starting in September 2014.
"We were so excited for the comedic talent that took part in this
competition and are absolutely thrilled with the amazing comedians
Canada chose to compete in the Finale this year," said Ben Miner,
Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel. "And the fact that they also get to open for arguably the
biggest comedian in the world is an outstanding opportunity to elevate
"I'm really happy to partner up with SiriusXM on such a worthy
initiative that helps Canadian comedians get into the spotlight," said
Russell Peters. "This country is full of talent and the finalists are
all exceptional comics that I'm proud to have as part of my tour."
SiriusXM's Top Comic Finale will take place on September 25th as part of Just For Laughs' JFL42 Festival in Toronto. The show,
featuring all eight finalists, host Ben Miner and headliner Jon Dore of
The Jon Dore Show and HBO Canada's Funny as Hell, will be broadcast live on Canada Laughs channel 168 across North America.
Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent. Previous winners of SiriusXM's Top Comic contest include Pete
Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.
SiriusXM subscribers will get access to special JFL42 programming live
during the festival from September 18th - 27th on Canada Laughs channel 168 as well as Canada Talks channel 167.
This fall, Russell Peters will take over Canada Laughs (Channel 168) to feature some of his new and archived content, special guests,
interviews and more for a full month. More details on Russell Peters
Month on Canada Laughs to follow.
Canada Laughs channel 168 features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including
stand-up, sketch, musical comedy and more, putting the spotlight on the
rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the
U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, The Foxxhole, Blue Collar Comedy, Laugh USA and more. Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Internet Radio access to their subscription can listen to Canada Laughs and all of SiriusXM's comedy offerings on the SiriusXM Internet Radio
App and online.
To learn more about SiriusXM Top Comic visit www.siriusxm.ca/topcomic.
For more information about JFL42 and to get passes visit www.jfl42.com.
For tickets and information on Russell Peters Almost Famous Tour
presented by SiriusXM Canada visit www.russellpeters.com.
About SiriusXM Canada
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approximately 2.5 million subscribers, is the country's leading audio
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SOURCE: SiriusXM Canada
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