SiriusXM's Top Comic finalists battle for biggest prize to date

Canadian comic Tom Green will headline the Finale on September 29 

Finale to air live on Canada Laughs channel 168

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the eight finalists who, determined by popular Canadian vote, have earned a spot to perform at SiriusXM's Top Comic Finale. The Finale will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on September 29 at 7 p.m. as part of the Just For Laughs JFL42 Comedy Festival.

From 72 contestants down to eight, the finalists will battle it out mic-to-mic, bringing their best comedic material in hopes of winning the coveted title of SiriusXM's Top Comic and the biggest grand prize to date – $25,000. Auditions were held in Toronto and Vancouver across six nights in June where judges selected 18 semi-finalists from the 72 comics chosen to audition. From there, a Canada-wide online vote was held and the eight comics with the most votes advanced to the Finale.

SiriusXM's Top Comic 2016 finalists are:
Kevin Banner, Vancouver, BC (hometown is Sooke, BC)
Sophie Buddle, Vancouver, BC (hometown is Ottawa, ON)
Graham Clark, Vancouver, BC
Mike Delamont, Victoria, BC
Che Durena, Toronto, ON (hometown is Port Coquitlam, BC)
Mayce Galoni, Hamilton, ON
Julia Hladkowicz, Toronto, ON (hometown is Ottawa, ON)
Chris Robinson, Toronto, ON (hometown is Brampton, ON)

The Finale will feature a headlining performance by Canadian comic Tom Green and will be hosted by Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs. A panel of industry judges will select the winner of SiriusXM's Top Comic who will receive the grand prize of $25,000. The winner will also receive guaranteed spots at three of Canada's biggest comedy festivals in 2017: JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver, and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as be included in a televised JFL: All Access special airing on The Comedy Network. Two runners up will receive TV spots at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal plus a double-threat show at JFL42 2017.

Tickets for the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale can be purchased online at: JFL42 passholders have access to the Finale by using one of their credits to reserve their seat at the show. Passes and tickets to JFL42 are on sale now at

For those outside of Toronto, Canada Laughs (channel 168) will air the Finale live, starting with a pre-show at 6 p.m. ET. Satellite radio subscribers who have access to SiriusXM Streaming can listen to the Finale on Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM App and online.

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiative to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Montreal's Derek Seguin took home the title and grand prize, with Matt Billon of Vancouver and Jordan Welwood of Winnipeg placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.

Canada Laughs (channel 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all SiriusXM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central RadioRaw Dog ComedyThe FoxxholeJeff and Larry's Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.

About SiriusXM Canada

Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as SiriusXM Canada. SiriusXM Canada, with approximately 2.7 million subscribers, is the country's leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 130 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news, entertainment and major sports brands including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, CNN, CBC, FOX, BBC, Howard Stern, Disney, Comedy Central and more.

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. SiriusXM programming is also available online at and on Apple and Android-powered mobile devices.

SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 2,500 retail locations nationwide. To find out more about SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), visit our website at

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies seven years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member, in addition to 2013, 2014 and 2015 rankings in PROFIT 500's list of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies.

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SOURCE Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc.

For further information: Media contact: Andrea McLoughlin, Holmes PR, 416-628-5609,; Vanessa Andres, Holmes PR, 416-628-5612,

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