The leaves are changing colour, rain is falling, the kids are back in school. You know what that means.
It’s Canada’s Next Top Comic time!
The Vancouver auditions took place as part of the Global ComedyFest on Sept. 23 at Lafflines in New Westminster.
15 comics went up. We can’t tell you who they were today – it’s top secret stuff, unless you attended the auditions. But what we can tell you is this:
Starting tomorrow, the public (hey! that’s you!) gets the chance to listen to the audition sets and vote for their favourite comic.
The folks at SiriusXM have divided Canada up in to eight markets. The winner in each market will attend a gala in Toronto on November 15, at which time Canada’s Next Top Comic will be announced.
Jeff Leake, SiriusXM’s programming director, says that CNTC is important because Canada’s comedy scene is in dire need of some promotion.
“It surprises me that we don’t have more huge comedians out of Canada, because the funny people are there, they’re just not promoted yet,” he said.
That’s where SiriusXM came in. They started airing Canadian comedy content, and almost immediately discovered one of the roadblocks comics were facing.
“When we launched Canada’s Next Top Comic a couple of years ago, when we asked people to submit, we realized that there were a lot of people who didn’t have good recordings. To be perfectly honest, it was unpromote-able stuff,” Leake said.
“There’s a lot of comics who don’t have that opportunity for great recordings and great audio. So we started doing that and becoming very active in that to help build this network.”
The contest is now in its third year, and Leake said they have big plans for the future, including a Canada-wide tour that will give comics the opportunity to perform in markets they may not have been able to before.
“It’s all about growth and supporting the Canadian comedy industry. There’s so many comics out there that could use a little bit of love, and I think it’s time we start telling the public who’s funny. That’s the goal from all of this,” Leake said.
Voting for Canada’s Next Top Comic runs Oct. 3-31 on the CNTC website. The final round takes place in Toronto Nov. 15, at which time a winner will be crowned – and awarded a $10,000 grand prize!