Voting opens today at href="http://www.canadasnexttopcomic.com/">www.CanadasNextTopComic.com
for the best of the bunch
TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - What do a mouthy dad from Abbotsford, a
ginger-haired ranter from Toronto, and a cheeky guy from Halifax have in
common? They've all cracked the Top 8 as finalists in XM Canada™'s
second annual search for Canada's Next Top Comic. XM Canada, the
country's leading audio entertainment company, proudly presents these
emerging comedians as part of its ongoing commitment to support and
encourage Canadian talent.
Narrowed down to the final eight from an extensive number of audio and
video entries, an XM panel of comedy experts has discovered some of the
funniest emerging talents this country has to offer. Each entry, no
longer than five minutes in length, showcases the comedian's best
material and demonstrates whether they have what it takes to be named
Canada's Next Top Comic. Now, the final decision rests in the hands of
the Canadian public.
Today at 10 a.m. EST (replayed at 10 p.m. EST), the
comedians will battle it out on Laugh Attack XM 153, as part of the
Canada's Next Top Comic Finalist Special airing on the 24-hour
all-Canadian comedy channel - the comedy channel ranked most popular by
XM Canada listeners.
The finalists are vying for the exclusive opportunity to perform live at
Global ComedyFest Vancouver on Wednesday, September 22nd
and to take home CAD $2,000 cash as well as a professionally
recorded and mixed CD of their material.
To view and listen to the Top 8 submissions visit href="http://www.canadasnexttopcomic.com/">www.CanadasNextTopComic.com.
Here's a look at the Top 8 Finalists:
Jeff Elliott - Toronto, Ontario
John Hastings - Toronto, ON
O'Brien - Toronto, Ontario
Geoff MacKay - Ottawa, Ontario
Mendlow - Vancouver, BC
Julie Webster - Vancouver, BC
Klassen - Abbotsford, BC
Pardis Parker - Halifax, NS
To be named winner of XM Canada's Next Top Comic contest, one of these
Top 8 Finalists must win the hearts of Canadians who will submit their
votes online starting Monday, August 16th through to Sunday,
August 29th via href="http://www.canadasnexttopcomic.com/">www.CanadasNextTopComic.com.
On Wednesday, September 1st, the Canadian listening
audience will have spoken and Canada's Next Top Comic will be announced.
"We received double the submissions over last year's contest which
demonstrates a strong interest in comedy in Canada, with the finalists
resembling the growth of unique comedic talent from coast to coast,"
said Joe Thistel, Director of Programming, Sports & Talk, XM Canada. "As
a Canadian media company, XM Canada is dedicated to helping elevate
natural talent into a national success and delivering this new content
for our dedicated listeners."
Best Jab at Canada!
Everyone loves to laugh, and Canada's
Next Top Comic presented yet another opportunity for Canadians to
showcase their distinctive skills with the addition of a new category
this year - "Best Jab at Canada." The category was open to all
contestants who incorporated a joke into their material that had a
Canadian focus and/or represented a variety of Canadian
ideas/demographics/icons/issues. This year's winner, Torontonian
Christina Walkinshaw, wins a cash prize of CAD$500 for her joke about
the struggles of Toronto's local sports teams. Walkinshaw's Canadian
joke can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW2L6s3bSjA.
If you haven't already watched last year's winner Brian Stollery's personal
views about becoming Canada's Next Top Comic in 2009, visit YouTube
for some side-splitting Canadian humour.
XM Canada™ is the nation's premier destination for comedy entertainment
with six dedicated channels delivering a number of comedic styles to
listeners including Blue Collar Radio, The Foxxhole, featuring comedy by
actor Jamie Foxx and friends, Raw Dog Comedy and The Virus, offering
listeners uncensored comedy at its best. Laugh Attack, the nation's only
all-Canadian and highest rated comedy channel, and Laugh USA, showcase a
rich pool of extraordinary comedic talent from Canada and the United
XM is a proud supporter of emerging Canadian talent and reaches out
across the country to sponsor and support Canadian musicians,
performers, songwriters and comedians through festivals, live
performances, awards shows, financial support, promotions and exposure.
From Laugh Attack, Air Musique, Radio Parallèle, and Sur La Route to The
Verge, Canada's only 24-hour platform for Canadian independent music, XM
Canada™ is committed to delivering high quality, original Canadian
programming to its listeners.
For more contest details please visit: href="http://www.canadasnexttopcomic.com/">www.CanadasNextTopComic.com.
About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM Canada and is
Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information company
with the best signal coverage across the country. With 130 digital
channels of choice, XM Canada offers Canadian listeners the most unique
and original Canadian and international programming, including
commercial-free music channels, exclusive live concerts and sports
coverage, and the best in talk, comedy, children's and entertainment
programming. A free 14-day trial of XM Radio is available at http://www.xmradio.ca/freetrial/.
Visit href="www.xmradio.ca">www.xmradio.ca for programming and
XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian
automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with
manufacturers that own close to 50 per cent share of the domestic
vehicle market. XM's industry-leading products are available at
shop.xmradio.ca, and at retailers nationwide.
XM programming is available by subscribing directly through XM Canada
and is also available as streams of commercial-free XM music channels on
TELUS Mobile Radio and Rogers Wireless Radio on Demand. XM Canada is the
exclusive music channel provider on Air Canada's flights.
To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX:
XSR), visit our website at www.xmradio.ca/about/.
About Global Comedyfest
The Vancouver Global ComedyFest is in
its 7th year of bringing contemporary, some say "alternative", we simply
say funny comedy to the coolest city in Canada - Vancouver. From
September 16th - 26th Vancouver will celebrate
comedy at various venues throughout the city. Global ComedyFest
Vancouver is an internationally-recognized event and has become a prime
destination for all forms of funny from stand-up comedy to sketch comedy
to musical comedy. Past performers include Steve Martin, Martin Short,
David Cross, Flight of the Conchords, Zach Galifianakis and the
legendary Carol Burnett, to name a few.
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