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The Canadian Comedy Awards are an annual awards ceremony celebrating notable English-speaking Canadians for comedic achievements in Live, Radio, Film, Television and Internet media over the previous year. The awards began in 2000, and were initially produced by Tim Progosh broadcast on The Comedy Network.

The ceremonies were held in Toronto until 2002, and from 2003–2007 they were held in London, Ontario in conjunction with an annual comedy festival (known as Comedy Week while in London). In 2008 they moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, then to Saint John, New Brunswick in 2009. They returned to Toronto from 2010-2012, and will be moving to Ottawa, Ontario in 2013.

Past hosts include the Royal Canadian Air Farce, Scott Thompson (of The Kids in the Hall), Dave Thomas, Brent Butt, David Foley and Bruce Hunter (as Rocko the Dog, the character he played on Puppets Who Kill).

The 2000 and 2001 awards were produced and aired on The Comedy Network by Higher Ground Productions. The 2001 special received a Gemini nomination for writing. Annual CCA variety specials were broadcast on TV from 2007-2010. The Doo Wops received a Gemini nomination for their performance in the 2008 special and the 2009 special co-produced by Higher Ground and Minds Eye was nominated for Best Comedy, Music or Variety Special.

The Awards are produced by The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence .


Ceremonies[edit]

2000–2006[edit]

2007[edit]

The 8th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards were held at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario on October 12, 2007 as part of the Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival which ran October 10–13, 2007. It marked the fifth straight year the awards ceremony was held in London.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Nominations were announced Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at The Gladstone in Toronto, and winners (printed in italics) were announced at the awards ceremony on October 12, 2007, which was hosted by Debra DiGiovanni:

Live category[edit]
  • MALE STAND-UP:
  1. Alan Park
  2. Gerry Dee
  3. Steve Patterson
  4. Mike Wilmot
  5. Peter Kelamis
  • FEMALE STAND-UP:
  1. Debra DiGiovanni
  2. Kate Davis
  3. Kristeen Von Hagen
  4. Nikki Payne
  5. Erica Sigurdson
  • NEWCOMER STAND-UP:
  1. Sean Lacomber
  2. Graham Clarke
  3. Darrin Rows
  4. Jeff McEnery
  5. Don Wood
  • COMEDIC PLAY:
  1. Plan Live from Outer Space
  2. Swiss Family Guy Robinson
  3. Whatever Happened to Bergin and Bublick?
  4. For Crying Out Loud
  5. My First Crush - From Fear to Non Confidence
  • ONE PERSON SHOW:
  1. Swiss Family Guy Robinson - Brian Froud
  2. The Sean Schau - Seán Cullen
  3. Hard Headed Woman - Sandra Battaglini
  4. Comedy in Motion with Bob Cates
  5. Any Second Now
  • SKETCH TROUPE:
  1. The Imponderables
  2. The Distractions
  3. Canadian Content
  4. The Second City: Bird Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  5. The Sketchersons
  • IMPROV TROUPE:
  1. Monkey Toast - The Improvised Talk Show
  2. Rock Paper Scissors
  3. AKA Improv - Cage Match Vancouver
  4. Illustrated Men
  5. Urban Improv
  • MALE IMPROVISER:
  1. Ian Boothby - Urban Improv
  2. Adam Cawley - Hot Lawyer
  3. Drew McCreadie - Urban Improv
  4. Peter Oldring - Monkey Toast
  5. Taz Van Rassel
  • FEMALE IMPROVISER:
  1. Jennifer Goodhue - Monkey Toast
  2. Diana Frances
  3. Jan Caruana - Monkey Toast
  4. Ellie Harvey
  5. Lauren Ash - Second City Mainstage
Television category[edit]
  • DIRECTION - SPECIAL OR EPISODE:
  1. Robert de Lint - Corner Gas ep. 66 "The Good Old Table Hockey Game"
  2. Henry Sarwer-Foner - Rick Mercer Report ep. 16
  3. Stephen Reynolds - This Hour Has 22 Minutes season XIV ep. 3
  4. Deborah Day - Women Fully Clothed
  5. Michael Kennedy - This Space for Rent ep. 2 "Stained"
  • DIRECTION - SERIES:
  1. T.W. Peacocke - Rent-A-Goalie
  2. David Storey, Robert de Lint, Jeff Beesley, Mark Farrell, Brent Butt - Corner Gas
  3. Michael Kennedy - Little Mosque on the Prairie
  4. Henry Sarwer-Foner - Rick Mercer Report
  5. Carl Harvey - Just For Laughs 2006
  • WRITING - SPECIAL OR EPISODE:
  1. Brent Butt and Kevin White - Corner Gas ep. 52 "Outside Joke"
  2. Brent Butt - Corner Gas ep. 54 "Kid Stuff"
  3. Chas Lawther and Gail Kerbel - Is It Art?
  4. Alan Park and Rob Ross - Royal Canadian Air Farce
  5. Kevin White, Mark Critch, Gary Pearson, Gavin Crawford, Jennifer Whalen, Carolyn Taylor, Albert Howell - This Hour Has 22 Minutes season XIV ep. 3
  • WRITING - SERIES:
  1. Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, Kevin White, Andrew Carr, Robert Sheridan - Corner Gas
  2. Christopher Bolton and Graeme Manson - Rent-A-Goalie
  3. Jeremy Diamond and Tim Polley - Odd Job Jack
  4. Zarqa Nawaz, Al Rae, Susan Flanders-Alexander, Dan Redican, Rebecca Schechter, Jackie May - Little Mosque on the Prairie
  5. Craig Lauzon - Royal Canadian Air Farce
  • MALE PERFORMANCE:
  1. Eric Peterson - Corner Gas
  2. Shaun Majumder - This Hour Has 22 Minutes
  3. Christopher Bolton - Rent-A-Goalie
  4. Alan Park - Royal Canadian Air Farce
  5. Pat Thornton - Punched Up
  • FEMALE PERFORMANCE:
  1. Inga Cadranel - Rent-A-Goalie
  2. Sheila McCarthy - "Sarah", Little Mosque on the Prairie
  3. Jennifer Goodhue - Comedy Inc.
  4. Penelope Corrin - Royal Canadian Air Farce
  5. Jessica Holmes - Royal Canadian Air Farce

TAPED LIVE PERFORMANCE:

  1. Alan Park - Just for Laughs 2006
  2. Winston Spear - JFL
  3. Pete Zedlacher - JFL
  4. Shaun Majumder - JFL
  5. Tim Nutt - JFL
Film category[edit]
  • DIRECTION:
  1. Erik Canull - Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  2. Vivieno Caldinelli - If I See Randy Again...
  3. John Bolton - Breakdown
  • WRITING:
  1. Patrick Huard, Leila Bason, Kevin Tierney, Alex Epstein - Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  2. Vivieno Caldinelli and Winston Spear - If I See Randy Again...
  3. John Bolton - Breakdown
  • MALE PERFORMANCE:
  1. Colm Feore - Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  2. Patrick Huard - Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  3. Dan Redican - If I See Randy Again...
  4. Winston Rekert
  • FEMALE PERFORMANCE:
  1. Catherine O'Hara - For Your Consideration
  2. Lisa Wegner - Boundless
  3. Amanda Tapping

2008[edit]

The 9th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival were held from October 1–5, 2008 at Casino Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. 2008 was the first year the awards were held outside of Ontario. Previous Canadian Comedy Awards ceremonies took place in Toronto (2000–2002) before moving to London, Ontario (2003–2007). Nominations were announced at an industry luncheon at The Second City in Toronto on June 3, 2008 and the awards presentation ceremony took place on the evening of Friday, October 3, 2008 at Casino Regina, hosted by Alan Park with presenters including Dave Foley and Mike Wilmot. Winners are printed in capital letters:

Live[edit]

  • Stand-up - Large Venue:
  1. Derek Edwards
  2. Jeremy Hotz
  3. Ron James
  4. Sean Majumder
  5. RUSSELL PETERS
  • Stand-up - Male:
  1. Sean Cullen
  2. GERRY DEE
  3. Steve Patterson
  4. Kenny Robinson
  5. John Wing Jr.
  • Stand-up - Female:
  1. Laurie Elliott
  2. Jennifer Grant
  3. NIKKI PAYNE
  4. Shannon Laverty
  5. Erica Sigurdson
  • Stand-up Newcomer:
  1. PETER ANTHONY
  2. Sam Easton
  3. DeAnne Smith
  4. Nick Beaton
  5. Sean Lacomber
  • Comedic Play:
  1. Dreadwood: Stories of the Canadian Klondike
  2. FACEBOOK OF REVELATIONS - THE SECOND CITY
  3. PET3RS - Approximately 3 Peters
  4. The Dead Language of Love
  5. An Inconvenient Musical
  • One Person Show:
  1. THE SEAN SCHAU (SEAN CULLEN)
  2. Scarfarce
  3. The One Man Harold
  4. The News Desk with Ron Sparks
  5. All the Rage - David Raitt
  • Sketch Troupe:
  1. CANADIAN CONTENT
  2. The Imponderables
  3. Picnicface
  4. The Second City
  5. The Sketchersons
  • Improv Troupe:
  1. About An Hour
  2. SHOW STOPPING NUMBER - THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
  3. Urban Improv
  4. General Fools Improvisational Theatre
  5. Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show
  • Male Improviser:
  1. Taz VanRassel
  2. Jayden Pfeifer
  3. Doug Morency
  4. Toby Berner
  5. DAN JOFFRE
  • Female Improviser:
  1. Lisa Merchant
  2. Diana Frances
  3. Amy Matysio
  4. AURORA BROWNE
  5. Jamillah Ross

Television[edit]

  • Taped Live Performance:
  1. The Doo Wops - Best of the Fest
  2. Manolis Zontanos – Comedy Network Presents
  3. Steve Patterson - Halifax Comedy Fest 2007
  4. Mike MacDonald - Halifax Comedy Fest 2007
  5. GERRY DEE - JUST FOR LAUGHS 2007, GALA SHOW 12
  • Direction - Special or Episode:
  1. Brent Butt - Corner Gas (The Accidental Cleanist)
  2. David Storey - Corner Gas (Cable Excess)
  3. Don McCutcheon - Corner Gas (the 'J'Word)
  4. SAMIR REHEM - COCK'D GUNNS (EPISODES #8 and #4)
  5. Jim Allodi - "Rent-A-Goalie" (Episode #4 Burlington)
  • Direction - Series:
  1. Michael Kennedy - Little Mosque On the Prairie (Spy Something or Get Out)
  2. David Storey, Robert de Lint, Brent Butt, Don McCutcheon, Jeff Beesley – Corner Gas
  3. HENRY SARWER-FONER - THE RICK MERCER REPORT (EPISODE #10)
  4. Carl Harvey and Shelagh O'Brien - 2007 Just For Laughs Gala Series
  5. Vivieno Caldinelli - The Owl and the Man
  • Writing - Special or Episode:
  1. Zarqa Zawaz, Rebecca Schechter, Al Rae, Rob Sheridan, Greg Eckler, Paul Mather, Miles Smith – Little Mosque On the Prairie (Episode 213 Public Access)
  2. Graeme Manson - Rent A Goalie (Episode #5 - Everybody's a Fag)
  3. MARK CRITCH, GAVIN CRAWFORD, GARY PEARSON, KYLE TINGLEY, JENNIFER WHALEN, ALBERT HOWELL, TIM McAULIFFE, NATHAN FIELDER, GERI HALL, ANDREW BUSH, DEAN JENKINSON - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (EPISODE 3)
  4. David Moses - Robson Arms S3 (Episode 303 Geeks In Love)
  5. Kevin White - Corner Gas (Bed and Brake Fast)
  • Writing - Series:
  1. JON DORE, MARK FORWARD, STEVE PATTERSON - THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW
  2. Leo Scherman, Morgan Waters, Andy King, Brooks Gray - Cock'd Gunns
  3. Zarqa Nawaz, Rebecca Schechter, Al Rae, Rob Sheridan, Greg Eckler, Paul Mather, Miles Smith – Little Mosque on the Prairie
  4. Kevin White,Mark Farrell, Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, Norm Hiscock, Gary Pearson, Dylan Wertz – Corner Gas
  5. Pat Thornton - The Owl and the Man
  • Female - TV:
  1. GERI HALL - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES
  2. Janet Wright - Corner Gas
  3. Nancy Robertson - Corner Gas
  4. Cathy Jones - This Hour Has 22 Minutes
  5. Penelope Corrin - Air Farce Live
  • Male - TV:
  1. Jon Dore - The Jon Dore Television Show
  2. Alan Park - Air Farce
  3. Christopher Bolton - Rent A Goalie
  4. Eric Peterson - Corner Gas
  5. GAVIN CRAWFORD - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES

Film[edit]

  • Male Performance:
  1. Jay Reso - Dark Rising
  2. Landy Cannon - Dark Rising
  3. Michael Cera - Superbad
  4. Seth Rogen - Knocked Up
  5. MICHAEL CERA - JUNO
  • Female Performance:
  1. Brigitte Kingsley - Dark Rising
  2. Julia Schneider - Dark Rising
  3. ELLEN PAGE - JUNO
  • Writing:
  1. Andrew Cymek - Dark Rising
  2. SETH ROGEN - SUPERBAD
  • Directing:
  1. Andrew Cymek - Dark Rising
  2. James Dunnison - Walk the Dog
  3. JASON REITMAN - JUNO

Public Voting Categories[edit]

In 2008 three new categories were added to the awards, which could be voted on by the public. Prior to 2008 voting was only open to Canadian comedy industry professionals (members of unions such as ACTRA, CAEA, DGC and WGC). The nominees in these new categories were announced on-line on July 1, 2008, and winners (in capital letters) were announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, October 3:

  • Pretty Funny Web Clip:
  1. Cerealized #28 : Loops
  2. Every Dave Life
  3. Powerthirst
  4. SURE LOCK: A TRUE POO STORY
  5. The Owl and the Man #1
  6. The Waldo Ultimatum
  • Pretty Funny Radio Clip:
  1. 300 Personal Trainer, 106.9 The Bear, Ottawa
  2. BAD SANTA, Q107, TORONTO
  3. The Debaters, CBC Radio 1
  • Canadian Comedy Person of the Year:
  1. Ellen Page
  2. Michael Cera
  3. Rick Mercer
  4. Russell Peters
  5. SETH ROGEN

References[edit]

2009[edit]

Nominations for the 2009 Canadian Comedy Awards closed April 30, 2009. They have announced that the awards will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick this year, from October 1–4. This is the first time the awards have been held in Eastern Canada. Nominations were announced on the CCA website on the morning of Monday, July 6, in videos hosted by Nikki Payne and Pat Thornton.

The winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by Sean Cullen, at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, New Brunswick. Winners appear below in uppercase.

Live[edit]

  • Stand-up - Male:
  1. Scott Faulconbridge
  2. Glen Foster
  3. JEREMY HOTZ
  4. David Pryde
  5. Sugar Sammy
  • Stand-up - Female:
  1. Kate Davis
  2. DEBRA DIGIOVANNI
  3. Shelley Marshall
  4. Allyson Smith
  5. Kristeen Von Hagen
  • Stand-up Newcomer:
  1. Andrew Johnston
  2. Lori Gibbs
  3. NATHAN MACINTOSH
  4. Bobby Mair
  5. Martha O'Neill
  • Sketch Troupe:
  1. Picnicface
  2. Shoeless
  3. The Imponderables
  4. THE SECOND CITY
  5. The Sketchersons
  • Improv Troupe:
  1. About An Hour
  2. IMPROMPTU SPLENDOR
  3. Monkey Toast
  4. PROJECTproject
  5. Urban Improv
  • Male Improviser:
  1. Matt Baram
  2. Ian Boothby
  3. James Gangl
  4. KERRY GRIFFIN
  5. Taz Van Rassel
  • Female Improviser:
  1. JAN CARUANA
  2. Amy Matysio
  3. Lisa Merchant
  4. Caitlin Howden
  5. Naomi Snieckus
  • Comedic Play:
  1. BARACK TO THE FUTURE
  2. Battleawesome Awesomestar
  3. It's Just a Phase
  4. That's Oddville
  5. Troubadour
  • One Person Show:
  1. Fear of a Brown Planet
  2. Lupe: Undone
  3. ONE WOMAN SHOW
  4. Who's Afraid of Tippi Seagram?
  5. Wild Rose

Television[edit]

  • Taped Live Performance:
  1. Debra DiGiovanni - "Halifax Comedy Festival"
  2. Laurie Elliot - "Just For Laughs Gala"
  3. Jeremy Hotz - "Just For Laughs Gala"
  4. Jeremy Hotz - "What a Miserable Show This Is"
  5. RON SPARKS - "Comedy Now"
  • Direction - Television Program or Series:
  1. ADAM BRODIE and DAVE DEREWLANY - The Jon Dore Television Show episode "Jon Gets Haunted"
  2. Matt Hawkins - The Jon Dore Television Show, episode "Jon Gets Horny"
  3. Ryan Keller - "Bravo!FACT Presents: The Second City's Facebook of Revelations"
  4. Brian Roberts - "Da Kink in My Hair, Ep. 209"
  5. Shawn Alex Thompson - "Less Than Kind"
  • Writing - Television Program or Series:
  1. Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Kyle Tingley, Jennifer Whalen, Albert Howell, Tim McAuliffe, Dean Jenkinson, Geri Hall, Nathan Fielder, Joanne O'Sullivan, Peter White - "This Hour Has 22 Minutes, XVI Episode 12"
  2. Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen - "Less Than Kind"
  3. Irwin Barker, Greg Eckler, Chris Finn, Paul Mather, Rick Mercer, Tim Steeves - "Rick Mercer Report"
  4. Bruce Pirrie, Darryl Hinds, Jim Annan, Karen Parker, Lauren Ash, Marty Adams, Scott Montgomery - "Bravo! Fact Presents: The Second City Facebook of Revelations"
  5. RON SPARKS - "Comedy Now"
  • Male - TV:
  1. Gavin Crawford – “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”
  2. JON DORE - "The Jon Dore Television Show"
  3. Nathan Fielder - "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"
  4. Peter Oldring - "Good Morning World"
  5. Alan Park - "Royal Canadian Air Farce"
  • Female - TV:
  1. Aimee Beaudoin - "Caution: May Contain Nuts"
  2. Inga Cadranel - "Rent-A-Goalie"
  3. Geri Hall - "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"
  4. Cathy Jones - "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"
  5. WENDEL MELDRUM - "Less Than Kind"
  • Ensemble - TV:
  1. Bravo! Fact Presents: The Second City's Facebook of Revelations
  2. Good Morning World
  3. LESS THAN KIND
  4. The Latest Buzz
  5. Three Chords From The Truth

Film[edit]

  • Direction:
  1. MARTIN GERO - "Young People Fucking"
  2. Michelle Ouellet - "Hooked on Speedman"
  3. Mark Sanders - "Boyfriend Latte"
  4. Warren P. Sonoda - "Coopers Camera"
  • Writing:
  1. Shannon Beckner and Mark Sanders - "Boyfriend Latte"
  2. Nicholas Carella and Vince Gabriele - "Hooked on Speedman"
  3. Chris Charney - "Wild Cherry"
  4. MARTIN GERO and AARON ABRAMS - "Young People Fucking"
  5. Jason Jones and Mike Beaver - "Coopers Camera"
  • Male Performance:
  1. Nicholas Carella - "Hooked on Speedman"
  2. Josh Dean - "Young People Fucking"
  3. Ennis Esmer - "Young People Fucking"
  4. Jason Jones - "Coopers Camera"
  5. PETER OLDRING - "Young People Fucking"
  • Female Performance:
  1. Shannon Beckner - "Boyfriend Latte"
  2. SAMANTHA BEE - "Coopers Camera"
  3. Kristin Booth - "Young People Fucking"
  4. Natalie Lisinska - "Young People Fucking"
  5. Carly Pope - "Young People Fucking"

Public Voting Categories[edit]

The deadline for submissions to the public voting categories is July 10, 2009. Submissions are accepted for Best Web Clip and Best Radio Clip. The nominees for Canadian Comedy Person of the Year are decided upon by an industry jury. Nominees in these categories will be announced and public voting will begin on July 17, 2009, at 9am.

  • Web Clip:
  1. Flakaderm
  2. Mouth of Gold
  3. Mush Mouth
  4. VIOLATOR
  5. Weapon Accident
  • Radio Clip:
  1. "Smoking" by Josh Holliday, CFEX 92.9 FM, Calgary
  2. "Spelling Bee" by Canadian Content, XM Radio
  3. "Stalker" by Josh Holliday and Lisa Brooke, CFEX 92.9 FM, Calgary
  4. "Witches" by Mark Meer and Marianne Copithorne, The Irrelevant Show, CBC Radio
  5. "ZEN HOKEY POKEY" by JOE BIRD, The Irrelevant Show, CBC Radio
  • Canadian Comedy Person of the Year:
  1. Air Farce
  2. Brent Butt
  3. Rick Mercer
  4. Russell Peters
  5. SETH ROGEN

Annual Results[edit]

2000[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2001[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

THE BLUMA APPELL "THAT'S FUNNY" AWARD:

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

2002[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2003[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2004[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2005[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2006[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2007[edit]

CATEGORY: TELEVISION

CATEGORY: FILM

CATEGORY: LIVE COMEDY

2008[edit]

Multiple Winners[edit]

Most Successful Shows[edit]

The TV shows which have had the most success at the Canadian Comedy Awards are:

Most Successful Groups[edit]

The groups/troupes with the most Canadian Comedy Award wins are:

Most Successful Individuals[edit]

People with the most wins (eight)[edit]

People with three wins or more[edit]

Many others have also won several awards. The following people have won at least three awards:

Seven wins[edit]
  • Mary Walsh - 8 awards, including six for This Hour Has 22 Minutes (Best Female TV Performance (2000), Best Writing - TV Series (2000–2002), Best Writing - TV Special or Episode (2000 and 2003)), Best Female Film Performance for Rare Birds in 2002 and the Dave Broadfoot Award in 2009.* Cathy Jones - 7 awards for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, including Best Female TV Performance (2001 and 2003), Best Writing - TV Series (2000–2002) and Best Writing - TV Special or Episode (2000 and 2003).
  • Rick Mercer - 7 awards, for Best Male TV Performance (Made in Canada, 2000 and 2002), Best Writing - TV Series (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, 2000–2002; Made in Canada, 2003), and Best Writing - TV Special or Episode (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, 2000).
Six wins[edit]
Five wins[edit]
Four wins[edit]
Three wins[edit]

Specials[edit]

The Canadian Comedy Awards have sponsored several spin-off specials, including:

  • The Canadian Comedy Awards: Nice Special
  • The Canadian Comedy Awards: Naughty Special
  • The Canadian Comedy Awards - Best of the Fest 2007
  • The Canadian Comedy Awards: Weekend Wrap-Up (2006)

External links[edit]