Toronto resident achieves Canadian comedic supremacy winning SiriusXM
Canada's third annual competition
TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - After months of auditioning some of the
best comedic talent the country has to offer, SiriusXM Canada named
Toronto, Ontario's Eric Andrews Canada's Next Top Comic 2011 at last
night's gala event at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto. Not only does Andrews win
bragging rights throughout the coming year, he takes home a cash prize
A panel of judges including Yuk Yuk's Mark Breslin, SiriusXM Canada's
Joe Thistel, The Royal Canadian Air Farce's Craig Lauzon, the CBC's
Chris Straw and The Imponderables' Dave Brennan watched all 11
performances before voting Andrews the winner.
"I'm flabbergasted - just through the roof about winning," said Eric
Andrews. "I didn't think I was going to win. All the comics who were in
the finals were great and I really respect them all. I'd definitely
like to thank my Mom and my girlfriend - they are tremendous - as well
as Yuk Yuk's for giving me the opportunity to become a better comic and
most definitely to SiriusXM Canada for putting on an amazing
competition and showcasing some of Canada's top comics. I'm really
looking forward to working with them in the future. But still I can't
believe I won!"
Over 700 comedic hopefuls entered the competition as SiriusXM
criss-crossed the country in September. Auditions were held in eight
Canadian cities at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs, Rumors Comedy Club and
Lafflines Comedy Club to locate some of the country's top comedic
talent. Forty-five semi-finalists were selected before Canadians voted
online for the 11 finalists who travelled to Toronto for the gala
hosted by last year's winner Matt O'Brien.
"What a great night for Canadian comedy," said Jeff Leake, Programming
Director, SiriusXM Canada. "Canada's Next Top Comic proves there are a
lot of aspiring comedians in this country trying to get a big break and
SiriusXM Canada is proud to provide them with the opportunity to
showcase their skills and get the attention they deserve."
SiriusXM Canada listeners will be able to catch a rebroadcast of the
gala on Laugh Attack 160 on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 a.m. and
Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 a.m.
About Yuk Yuk's
Yuk Yuk's is Canada's national chain of comedy clubs with clubs from
coast to coast. Founded by Canadian icon Mark Breslin, Yuk Yuk's has
the best and the funniest comics around. Alumni include Howie Mandel,
Jim Carrey, Norm MacDonald, Harland Williams, Rick Moranis, Russell
Peters, and many more. Many of our performers have appeared in major
comedy specials on CBC, CTV and The Comedy Network as well as at
prestigious comedy festivals such as Montreal's "Just for Laughs",
Halifax's "HA Fest" and "The CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival".
About SiriusXM Canada
SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR) is the country's leading audio entertainment
company and broadcasts more than 120 satellite radio channels featuring
premier sports, news, talk and entertainment shows including Laugh
Attack, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole and Blue Collar Radio as well as
commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from
the most recognized news and entertainment brands as well as from
professional sports leagues including the NHL, NFL, MLB and CFL.
SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including
pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats,
smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for
homes and offices. Sirius XM programming is also available online at
www.sirius.ca and www.xmradio.ca and on Apple, BlackBerry and
Android-powered mobile devices. SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with
every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than
3,000 retail locations nationwide.
Image with caption: "Eric Andrews had the last laugh as the Toronto comedian beat out 700 competitors to be named SiriusXM's Canada's Next Top Comic at a gala in Toronto on Tuesday night. Andrews takes home a $10,000 cash prize from the third-annual competition. (CNW Group/SiriusXM Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111116_C6301_PHOTO_EN_6742.jpg
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